Tehran urges UN to investigate conditions of Canada’s First Nations

December 16, 2011 - 18:5
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast on Friday called on the United Nations to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate the violation of the rights of the indigenous people of Canada. 

Mehmanparast criticized the Canadian government for failing to abide by its commitments to the terms of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, condemned the inhumane conditions that the indigenous people, who are called First Nations in Canada, are experiencing, and expressed sympathy with these people. 

In a unanimous resolution passed on December 6, First Nations chiefs asked the UN to appoint a special rapporteur to determine whether the federal government is meeting its obligations under Canadian law and international treaties, according to iPolitics.