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 A Letter to the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada on the plight of Dr. Faruq Rafiq

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A Letter to the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada on the plight of Dr. Faruq Rafiq ‎ 3.5.2011 
By Saeed Kakeyi - ekurd.net

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May 3, 2011

Honourable Michael Ignatieff, M.P.,
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Centre Block, 409-S
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 995-9364
Email: [email protected]

Dear Sir,

As a Canadian citizen and member of the Liberal Party of Canada, I wrote to you on the plight of Dr. Faruq Rafiq, a Canadian citizen holding a Doctorate in Philosophy degree from a reputable Canadian university, who left Canada with his wife and child to spread democratic norms and values in Kurdistan Region of Iraq.                               

Saeed Kakeyi
The threats on Dr. Rafiq’s life and the lives of many other Iraqi Kurds are eminent. The last communication I had with him was on May 01, 2011 in which he was requesting my help to safeguard his civil liberties and safety. However, as he was summoned to appear in a local court in the Province of Sulaimaniyah on this date of Monday, May-02-11, Dr. Rafiq was taken afterward into custody and sent to a paramilitary prison notoriously known as the “Mo’askar Salam.”

Sir, having known Dr. Rafiq for well over two decades, and being a distance relative of his wife, Mrs. Naska Qadir, I am certain that Dr. Rafiq and his colleagues committed no wrong doings whatsoever. The only reason for his imprisonment is his keen companion to transpire many young Kurds to embrace values of the democratic peace and bring about reforms and change to the semi-authoritarian and nepotistic regime ruling the Kurdistan Region which refuses to embrace accountability and transparency.

I call upon you to take this matter very seriously and take his plight to the immediate attention of our federal government in order to intervene, safeguard and release him from jail. Protecting the lives and civil liberties of Dr. Rafiq and all other Canadian citizens living abroad is the responsibility of our political institutions. Therefore, I am asking you to push the federal government to get engage with the highest Iraqi diplomatic channels for the release of Dr. Rafiq immediate.

More than a month ago, I sent a letter to Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, with similar content to the letter which you have received from me on March 21, 2011. Unfortunately,
www.ekurd.netI am still waiting to receive a response. I appreciate your extreme preoccupation with the federal elections and I trust that under your leadership the Liberal Party will bring a responsible government to Ottawa. In so doing, perhaps more importantly, let us not lose the precious lives of other Canadians abroad.

With every respect due,

Saeed Kakeyi
Independent Kurdish Diplomatic Consultant
54 Ironwood Crescent, Hamilton, Ontario, L8W 3B8Canada
Cell Number: (905) 902-0132, Email: [email protected]

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