In 2016, more than 36,300 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. The world applauded the new government and citizens worldwide pushed their governments to follow in Canada's footsteps. However, the heroic story ended with the Syrian refugees as Canada has not extended its helping hand to other nationalities in the same way.
Executive Director, International Center for Human rights
Hassan Zarezadeh Ardeshir, known as Ardeshir Zarezadeh, is an Iranian-Canadian award winning human rights and political activist, who lives in Toronto. He is the executive director of the Toronto-based human rights organization "The International Center for Human Rights". <br> <br> This organization was created in 2010 in Canada. Ardeshir is also a free-lance journalist and writer, whose articles appear on most-viewed online agencies and papers. <br> <br> He is a former political prisoner in Iran and founder of first student human rights organization "The Student Committee for the Defense of political Prisoners" in 1998 in Tehran.
Due to effects of the Syrian war and the rise of the Islamic State, there has been a dramatic influx of millions of people seeking refugee status in countries of first asylum. This refugee crisis is the result of failure in dealing with Syria and Bashar Asad's dictatorship, not to mention ISIL. Now, the humanitarian effort is failing, too.
09/01/2015 05:23 EDT
On July 9th 2014, more than 50 Iranian political prisoners gathered in GoharDasht prison in Karaj city of Tehran and commemorated
07/13/2014 10:27 EDT
"Mr. Mandela's struggles as a political activist and prisoner, only after being amplified by the pressures from the International
01/27/2014 04:35 EST
Since I read Mandela's book, <em>Long Walk to Freedom</em>, in Iran's Evin prison in 2000, I felt stronger and more committed to my activism work. He gave me hope and power to fight against the Iranian dictatorship. What's even more amazing is that every one of my cell mates were reading his book as well. I'll never forget what his words gave me.
12/10/2013 05:43 EST
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