This past July 13 marked the 22nd anniversary of Dr. A. R. Ghassemlou and his aides; Human Rights Activists Association at York University and The Greater Toronto Kurdish House hosted an event to discuss the various dimensions of Iranian regime’s state terrorism as related to Dr. Ghassemlou and other victims’ of Iranian state terrorism.
The event was held on July 17, 2011 at the North York Civic Centre. The memorial started with a moment of silence and then a brief biography of Dr. Ghassmlou and opening remarks by Sarah Akrami the President of Human Rights Activists Association at York University followed by messages from Human Rights Activists Association at York University, the Greater Toronto Kurdish House and Amnesty International Canada.
Video: Introductory and opening remarks
Guest Speakers and presentations included:
John C. Thompson is director of the Mackenzie Institute, a Canadian think-tank concerned with organized violence and political instability. Previously, he was with the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.
Remarks: Video (below)
Carol Prunhuber is a journalist born in Caracas, Venezuela to a well-known Venezuelan actress and an American father in 1956. She has written: Agua, silencio, memoria y Felisberto Hernández (Caracas, 1986) and Femmes: Les Grands Mythes Féminins à travers le Monde (Paris, 1987) published in the USA as Women: Around the World and Through the Ages (1990).
In 1983 Carol met the Iranian Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou. Through the French agency Gamma TV, she traveled to Iranian Kurdistan via Baghdad in 1985 to film the struggle of the Kurds in Iran. Following three years of detailed research and interviews, the writing of The Passion and Death of Rahman the Kurd was completed in 1991. This book, twenty years in the making, is a distillation of her passionate concern and a tribute to the charismatic and forward-thinking Kurdish leader.
Remarks: Video (below) Text
Sharif Behruz is the representative of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in US and Canada. He earned his honours BA in political science at the University of Western Ontario. He regularly appears in Persian, Kurdish and English media. He has also appeared before Canadian Parliament and US Congress to testify on the gross violation of human rights in Iran under the current Islamic regime.
Remarks: Video (below) Text
Dr. Farrokh Zandi is a professor in the Economics Area and the Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs (BBA and International BBA) at Schulich School of Business, York University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Carleton University, Ottawa; a Master of Arts in Economics (Honours) from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from Pahlavi University, Iran. He has also served as a consultant for various public and private enterprises including, Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario Ministry of Trade and Economic Development, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Immigration, Human Resources Canada, Economic Council of Canada, China Ministry of Agriculture, China Fujian Province Banking Sector, China Ministry of Energy, and 3M. Farrokh Zandi is the president of Iranian Green Seculars of Ontario.
Farrokh Zandi has served on several boards as a Chair or board member, including the Iranian Advisory Council at Family Service Association of Metro Toronto (1993-2001), the Reference Group at the Ontario Ministry of Health (2005-continuing), the Iranian-Canadian Network for Employment and Entrepreneurship Mentoring (2002- 2007), Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board (to join in 2011).
Ezat Mossallanejad is Counselor, researcher and Policy Analyst with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) and a director on the board of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Refugee Update, a journal of refugee protection and advocacy in Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy, and he is the author of Torture in the Age of Fear.
Soraya Fallah is a lifelong Women and Human Rights activist, scholar, and a researcher of Kurdish origin, currently residing in the United States. Soraya is co-founder of World’s Women For Life and she is also a board member and co-founder of Society for Human Rights in Iran, Southern California and member of Amnesty international. She was legal adviser of Amnesty in Denmark on Iranian/Kurdish and middle Eastern cases . She is an active member of “Campaign for One Million Signature, Change for Equality”, which is a women’s movement in Iran. She delegated Campaign’s message for first time to the UN Commission on Status of Women on 2008.
Presentation: Video (below) Text
And lastly, this beautiful piece f traditional music by Shahruz
On behalf of myself and members and supporters of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in Canada, I would like to once more thank both The Greater Toronto Kurdish House and Human Rights Activists Association at York University for cordially hosting this event.