Canada Remembers Victims of Iran Passenger Plane Downed in January 2020

On Sunday (01.08.2023), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a ceremony in Toronto to commemorate the third anniversary of the tragedy of flight PS752, which was shot down by the Iranian military, killing 176 people, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents of Canada.

Speaking at the emotional event, Trudeau expressed that his government would continue the fight for justice for the victims and reiterated their demand for Iran to enter binding arbitration. If not, Canada, alongside with the Ukraine, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, will take the case to the International Court of Justice to force Iran to compensate the families of the victims.

Trudeau called the tragedy a result of the Iranian regime’s “total disregard for human life,” while family members gathered before the mourning crowd and read out the list of the fallen.

Hamed Esmaeilion, spokesman for the association of victims’ families, voiced their several demands, including the inclusion of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Canada’s list of terrorist organizations.

The ceremony ended with a vow from the Canadian government to obtain justice for the victims and their families.

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