Canadian MP and former justice minister Irwin Cotler on Friday called on the
international community to hold Iran to account for its state-sanctioned
incitement for genocide against the Jewish State of Israel.
speech in Sweden at an event titled, “Raoul Wallenberg and His Humanitarian
Legacy: Universal Lessons for Our Time,” Cotler stressed that “Iran has already
committed the crime of incitement to genocide prohibited under the Genocide
Convention,” and said parties to the treaty are “obligated to undertake the
legal measures to hold Iran accountable.”
Cotler highlighted the fact
that no one state party had thus far undertaken any such
Cotler, a former chairman of the International Commission of
Inquiry on the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg, also called on Russia
to “open up the blank spots of history and disclose the truth of Wallenberg’s
fate.” According to Cotler: “The smoking gun is somewhere in Russian
Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who saved 100,000 Hungarian
Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust and later vanished behind the Iron
A diplomat from neutral Sweden during World War II, Wallenberg
issued diplomatic protective passports to Jews. He arrived in Budapest in July
1944 as a delegate of the War Refugee Board, a relief body set up by US
president Franklin Roosevelt.
Wallenberg’s last confirmed sighting was in
January 1945, before Soviet authorities arrested him on espionage
During his address, Cotler also raised a litany of human rights
violations including the ongoing mass killings in Syria perpetrated by Bashar
“Where is the Raoul Wallenberg of today?” Cotler asked in
reference to the atrocities in Syria, before denouncing the international
community for its muted response to the going massacre.
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