Medi wrote on January 27th, 2012

 

Dear Mr.Jason Kenney

Minister of Citizenship

Everyday your office is deporting few people that our laws consider them illegal and unwanted on our land.

I would like to remind you that one day the land that we are considering is ours, belonged to others. You know better what we did to them.

This time is Kavoos Soofi’s turn. It happens that he is my close friend. It is difficult for me to feel in my heart that I have more rights than anyone else to live on this land where the rights and freedom prevail over all. My mind understands that the law has the last word. But still I can not admit and accept to behave in a no human way in our country toward anyone either legal or illegal. This is what your administration did to Kavoos and put me in the situation to write this letter to you.

Your time is valuable and the case is long. I would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to visit www.kavoos.org and check what is happening and the way that is happening to Kavoos.

Kavoos has been living in Canada for eight years. He has a valid worker permit until 2014. He is well established and very active in the community. What else are we looking for and what are we expecting from people to consider them as useful for our country.

Kavoos may be deported as scheduled but there will be lots of broken heart behind.

Is it going to be a dream or too much expectation waiting for a response coming from our dear minister?

 

Sincerely,

Medi Shams   

Ioana wrote on January 27th, 2012


To: "jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca" <jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca>
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 2:39 PM
Subject:Please, Urgent Request: Stop Kavoos Deportation

 

Dear Mr. Jason Kenney,

 
My family of 3 had immigrated to Canada from Romania, about 11 years back.
 
My husband, my daughter (who is in grade12  - wants to become a doctor) and myself are for several years already Canadian citizens and we feel from all our heart that here is "home" for us.
 
We have met Kavoos at the yoga meditation classes that we used to attend in North York, just few months after his arrival to Canada about 8 years back.
 
Kavoos was for us one of the very first Iranians that we've ever met and we became so easily good friends because of his generous heart, large smile, keen interest in communicating with everyone (!) and the genuine care that he showed to everyone around, even to little children, such as my daughter at that time. Also we shared same love for poetry, particularly Rumi.
 
We kept in touch along all these years, even we have moved out of North York, he would call or he'll visit us or simply we'll meet with various occasions such as Christmas Party, Easter gatherings, and so on. We would get-together for outdoors activities as well. Both Kavoos and my husband used to love playing soccer and were always cracking jokes at each other.
 
Of course, we knew that Kavoos is very well rooted in the social life in Canada, with many friends from all cultures and backgrounds, always interested in art  as well always willing to give a hand to his friends when they were moving or decorating their houses. So he will be always "busy" living his Canadian life - in a nutshell, he was thriving here in Canada and we had never guessed that he is not yet a Canadian citizen!!
 
I do not want to take your time and I write at length and in a haste because I was shocked to hear about his planned deportation, happening so fast!! Everyone is shocked about it and about the way it is "prepared". Knowing that Kavoos was taken to a detention centre and that he is on hunger strike .. it feels like a nightmare that has to end because it has no grounds in reality. I am still in disbelief that this happens to no other than Kavoos, our friend..
 
Please, review his case. I can imagine how hard it's for you to receive all the time such emails, but imagine that each one carries a broken heart, a reality that one cannot escape by just sending this email to you. You can help Kavoos. You can help restore his dignity and you can find a solution that is tuned to what Canada stands for, the truth about Kavoos and your consciousness. More and more people find about Kavoos and find his situation incompatible with what they know, feel, believe that Canada should and can offer to everyone that comes here.
 
I had only positive experiences with Canadian authorities. I love Canada and I believe in Canada and Canadians - specially that Canadians bring experience from all over the world and can have empathy for the tragedies that happen around the world. Canadians are more aware than other people about the political injustice and dangers that still exist in other countries, such as Iran.  I also believe in our friend Kavoos. I appeal to your wisdom and knowledge for finding a just solution for Kavoos. I believe in you, that you can and you will. Thank you so much.
  
Respectfully,
Ioana Popa
Helen wrote on January 28

Dear Prime Minister,

 
I am writing this to you with the hope and wish that you are empowered with an Open Heart to request that Immigration Canada  accord  Mr. Kavoos Soofi the proper time either to prepare for his departure with dignity or to organize himself legally to use his rights to stay in Canada. 
 
The family and friends have launched a campaign against the inhumane treatment of our government officers.  We don't want to break or change the law.  We don't claim any special privileges for Kavoos.  We ask for human treatment and for Canadian democratic justice to prevail.
 

Please help us with instituting pure, and true Canadian values and treatment grounded in human respect and dignity.

Thank you.

Respect and Blessings,
Helen Mittelman

Manya wrote on January 28th  
To the honourable Senator Salma Attaullah-jan,
Dear Salma,
On January 11, 2012, my friend , Kavoos Soofi-Siavash , appeared before the Immigration Office to receive their decision with respect to his refugee application for protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Aid. His application was rejected. The judge at that point told kavoos to apply for his Iranian passport and leave Canada . Upon expressing his concern for his safety in case of return to Iran( kavoos has been active in pro-democracy movements over here) , the judge issues his arrest warrant and Kavoos is hence detained immediately, It has been 14 days since his arrest and 3 days since his hunger strike. His deportation date has been set for Feb.05, 2012.
Since Canada is committed to ensuring that people being removed from Canada are not sent to a country where they would be in danger or at risk of persecution, I am seriously concerned for Kavoos's safety upon his return to Iran and question the decision made by Immigration Canada to deport him.
His deportation date has been set for 5th Feb.
Salma , Kavoos has been living in Canada lawfully with a work permit ,has registered his firm and has filed income tax each year.

His family is not requesting a overturn of the judgment in his case but enough time for his new lawyer to present his case one more time and in case the final judgment supports his deportation , for him to be given enough time to tend to his affairs before leaving.

In case of his voluntary departure , the government of Iran will not be informed of his activities and therefore his life will not be put in danger. Surely a just and democratic country like Canada would support such act of human rights.

I have attached the petition of support for Kavoos's case. We are doing all that we can at this point, contacting lawyers, politicians, media, activists, lobby groups

I would appreciate with heartfelt gratitude any support that you are able to offer him at this time. Feb. 5, 2012 leaves us with little time to act.

Thank you for taking the time to lend your ear to this case Salma.
His case # 53317100
His lawyer Robin Seligman 416-9677878
Please call me at 416-6660387

Manya Koopal-Asghar Khan

_____________________________________________

Housain wrote on January 29

Honorable Minister Kenney,  

Prison means where you are forced to be.

It can be a cell in detention.

It can be a city in exile.

It can be the country of origin.

Kavoos is someone who - like over 5 million other Iranians - supports this idea.

Anywhere other than there.

He prefers a cell in detention more than the country of origin. This strong desire is not material but spiritual. Very close to what we call freedom. Let's think for a moment and  have sympathy with this very genuine feeling and support this legitimate universal idea.

Best Regards

 

Housain Shoaienia

Howard wrote on January 28

Dear Mr. Kenney,

By way of introduction I am an 80 year old actor/entertainer who was brought up in Oshawa and on Oct.25th., 2008, was inducted into The Oshawa Walk of Fame.  I am still an active actor and can be seen in the new Robert de Niro film (Red Lights) as of March 2nd.  About seven years ago I met my friend Kavoos Soofi for the first time and discussed poetry and music with him.  I was immediately impressed with his gentle and kindly manner. Since that time until now I have had no reason to change this impression.  He just happens to be one of the nicest men I have ever met and I am sorely grieved about what is presently happenning to him. He is in no way a disreputable person and his values are my values...to live a peaceful and honourable life in this great country of ours.  To deport Kavoos would, in my opinion, be a grave and unjust mistake.  This country needs people of his character and I plead with you to at least review his situation and to stay his imminent deportation.  I'm sure there are times when you have every justification to deport an undesirable as regards our national security & criminality considerations, but with Kavoos this surely is not the case.  Up to now, in my 80 years of living, I have not had to beg for anything but this time sir I will do so.  I beg you to release Mr. Soofi from the  Etobicoke detention centre so that he can sort out his life.  If he returns to Iran we will have lost a dear soul.  Please open your heart.  Thanks and in hope I am    Yours sincerely  Howard Swinson,   TH92, 25 Esterbrooke Ave., North York, On., M2J 2C5 

Alex Biklou and Kathy Soufi wrote on January 28

To His Premier, Mr. Dalton McGuinty
Legislative Building, Queen's Park Toronto ON M7A1A1
Date: 01/28/2012
Re: An 11th Hour Desperate Plea for Kavoos Soufi's Deportation Case; His Life May be in Danger

Dear Mr. McGuinty

This is Alex Biklou and Kathy Soufi. I am brother in law and Kathy is Kavoos's sister. We live in United States in Denver Colorado. Kavoos is being deported back to Iran on Feb 5th and he is currently in custody of Canadian Immigration Services. If he enters Iranian border/custom this way he will be taken to prison and from there he may face a dangerous terrain ahead, his life could be in jeopardy. We are here to plea with you to please suspend his deportation order back to Iran or at least give him the dignity to leave as a free man so he can choose a third country to go to; somewhere where his safety is guaranteed. I don't think a bond for his release will be much of an issue here. He has been a law abiding resident in Canada for 8 years. He has a valid work permit that is good through 2014 and he has his own business, obligations and paid his taxes all along. He is not a flight risk, his parents are residents in US, his brother is a Canadian citizen and his sister is a US citizen. They are all educated, good hearted people.

Kavoos came to Canada on student visa on 2004, when his student visa expired he asked for refugee status, his claim was denied and an appeal upheld the decision. He is on hunger strike for 6 days now. CBC news had coverage on his case today

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Canada/Toronto/

Livestream/2169444544/ID=2191084344.

(Close to 1500 hundred people so far have signed his petition (http://www.kavoos.org/). Please help us to help him on humanitarian ground a safe passage. At least give him the dignity he worked hard for in Canada for 8 years to leave to a third country on his own accord. We appreciate anything youf office can do for him.

Sincerely,
Alex Biklou and Kathy Soufi

P/S: This is where you can sent a message to Premier Dalton: (https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/default.aspx)

Kiomars Soofi and few more on January 30rd

Dear Reza Moridi, MPP

We came to you for help and support. We didn’t come to you that you change the law or show us the line between the provincial and federal law. A man of our community is going to be deported. He is in his 7th day of hunger strike. We knocked at your door the same way that we knocked at all doors. You heard our voice but you didn’t open the door. If at these crucial moments we don’t stand side by side when we should expect that you talk for us and be our voice.

Kavoos may or may not be deported. Kavoos’ life may or may not be in danger in Iran. This story also is going to be forgotten. What is going to stay in my memory and in the memory of few others is the kindness of those who helped.

We didn’t have your support and you lost my vote and maybe the vote of few more.

Kiomars, Neda, Medi, Mehran, Ali

Farzam Jalili wrote on January 30 to MPP Reza Moridi

 

Dear Dr. Reza Moridi,

I, as an Iranian - Canadian, who is living in Richmond Hill, am proud of Canada's Liberal party at all levels, also I am proud of you as our  MPP in lovely Richmond Hill area.

I am sure that you know about Kavoos Soofi, I know him in person, he is very kind and responsible person,  his refugee status was not granted, due to the Immigration Canada's decision, and he is waiting to be deported to IRAN on Feb. 7/2012.

You know what would happen to the person who is deporting to IRAN by this way!! you know better than your colleagues and members of Parliament what is going on in IRAN..  no need to point them out.

I am hundred percent sure that you did all your best so far, and you will do more to help him to stay here in Canada among us, his friends and family, in order to have more contributions towards values of our Lovely Provence and our Great Country "CANADA" .  

As your supporter, I ask you to step forward and let everybody knows  in Canada's  political parties, what would happen to Kavoos if Immigration Canada deport him to IRAN, not only as member of Province Parliament, but also as a human being who himself will be in a same situation facing tortures, jail and even death if for any reason goes to IRAN while doing some activities for IRAN Freedom and Democracy.

Kavoos supporters, including me, were at Dundas Square yesterday, thanks CBC news the National which provided some coverage for him to bring his situation to the attention of more people and decision makers. I invite you to check  www.kavoos.org and review CBC News coverage if you didn't have a chance to watch it so far, then tell everybody what would really happen to Kavoos if he be deported to IRAN. 

His lawyer needs to postpone his deportation in order to proceed his reassessment one more time. I respect you very much and count on you and Liberal Party to make this happen

 

Regards,

Farzam Jalili, Broker of Record

Real Home Realty Inc. Brokerage

Member of :

PICRA

 

 

Alex Biklou and Kathy Soufi wrote to

A letter to Iranian Refugees' Alliance Inc. on January 30th

 

Subject: Kavoos Soofi's Deportation case from Toronto to Iran, a desperate plea! (Attention: Mr. Deljou Abadi)
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:31:58 +0000

Hi Mr. Abadi,

I visited your site and indeed it is a worth while cause. I hope in near future we can be of help to your cause and organizatin. The reason I am writing you this letter is to turn you attention to a deportation case currently underway in Toronto Canada. The name of the deportee is Kavoos Soofi. He is on a 7 day long hunger strike and he is simply a student who came to canada from Iran and wanted to stay and asked for refugee status. On Jan 11th 2012 he went before an immigration judge to ask for another extension and he was denied and kept in custody of Canadian Immigration ever since. He is scheduled to be deported back to Iran on Feb 7th 2012. Please visit his site and help rally support for him. Kavoos is an extremely kind, truthful and insightful person. He has been somewhat active during the 2009/2010 Green movement and has had many posts in Facebook and if deported to Iran his life may be in jeopardy. His parents are in US and they are Green card holders. His sister is a US Citizen. His mother already started the petitioning process for a Green card for him. He is my brother in law. He has a brother in Toronto who is a Citizen there. All Kavoos's immediate family are outside of Iran. The reason I am writing you this letter is to find out if there are any venues that Kavoos can use to come to US under some sort of Humanitarian Parole or section of the law? He has had a lot of publicity in Canada, CBC News in Toronto ran a clip on him. Over 1500 hundred people so far have signed his petition. A lot of people left testimonies' on his Yahoo support group about his character, demeanor and honesty. Could you please help us to help him find a way to stay? Any UN clause or quotas that can be invoked to suspend his deportation? Is there any US laws that can be used to bring him over to the US side? I appreciate any help, suggestion or insight that you can provide.

Sincerely,
Alex Biklou and Kathy Soufi


P/S: Kavoos's Site: www.kavoos.org


 

Kiomars wrote to UN on January 30th

Your Excellency, General Ban Ki-moon
My name is Kiomars Soofi, a citizen of Canada. I am writing to draw your attention to the case of my brother, Kavoos Soofi, who has been ordered to be deported to Iran on Feb 07, 2012, an action, which would certainly put his life at great risk and danger.

On January 11, 2012, Kavoos Soofi appeared before the Immigration Office of Canada in Toronto to receive their decision with respect to his refugee application for protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Aid. His application was rejected. The official's initial bail request was changed later that day to `detention until deportation'. Kavoos was arrested and since then has been detained by Immigration Canada where he will remain until his date of deportation back to Iran on Feb. 07, 2012. In protest of inhumane behavior of Immigration office of Canada, since Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Kavoos has been on a hunger strike.

Kavoos came to Canada from Iran in March 2004. He chose to come to Canada in pursuit of a dignified and just life, one where his worth as a member of the society is respected. During this time, Kavoos has completely rebuilt his life within Canadian society.

Kavoos has been quite active publicly advocating for human rights in Iran. His constant political activities since the 2009 Iranian Presidential Election have been projected in different social networks and webpages and broadcasted by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) national TV dated Jan 28, 2012, which can be found here:



Not only does Kavoos face returning to a country in which he has not lived for nearly a decade, and where he no longer has his immediate family or the support network that provides, but Immigration Canada seems to see no problem in sending him back to place with a highly questionable human rights record. Having blatantly denounced the Iranian government, I am seriously concerned for his safety upon his deportation to Iran.

Honorable General Ban Ki-moon, since the UN is committed to ensuring that people being removed from the countries they have applied for refugee, are not sent to a country where they would be in danger or at risk of persecution, we humbly request your support in our plea to the government of Canada. We would greatly appreciate with heartfelt gratitude any support that you are able to offer us at this time as Feb. 7, 2012 leaves us with little time to act.

A copy of petition, supporting Kavoos is also available in his web site(www.kavoos.org).

Thank you for taking the time to lend your ear to this case.

Yours Sincerely,
Kiomars Soofi
 

Helen wrote on January 31

To: diversity@toronto.ca

Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 2:58 PM

Subject: Urgent - Pending Deportation of Kavoos Soofi

 

Dear Uzma Shakir,

Director Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Office, 

 

Please allow me to take a moment of your time for an urgent matter.

 

On January 11, 2012, my friend Mr. Kavoos Soofi appeared before the Immigration Office to receive the decision about his refugee application for protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Aid. His application was rejected. The judge instructed Kavoos to apply for his Iranian passport and leave Canada .  Kavoos, upon expressing his concern for his safety if he is deported to Iran( Kavoos has been active in pro-democracy movements there), the judge had him arrested immediately. 

 

There are many, many details following the outright detainment of Kavoos. They are inhumane and unworthy of what we as Canadian citizens expect from our country and the stewards of her laws.

 

This is the 7th. day of Kavoos's Hunger strike. His deportation date is set for Feb.07, 2012.

 

His friends and family are requesting your immediate assistance.  A campaign has been launched against the unfair and inhumane treatment of our government officers.  We don't want to break or change the law.  We don't claim any special privileges for Kavoos.  We ask for humane treatment and for Canadian democratic justice to prevail.

 

Kavoos has been living in Canada for 8 years lawfully with a work permit until 2014;  he has a registered firm and has filed income tax each year.  He is a loving, compassionate person, kind and gentle. He has made a dynamic contribution to our society.  And will continue to do so.

 

Please, I urge you, to help us find a way for his new lawyer to present his case one more time.  Please help us with instituting pure, and true Canadian values and treatment grounded in human respect and dignity. 

  

I am seriously concerned for Kavoos's safety upon his return to Iran and question the decision made by Immigration Canada to deport him.

My deepest gratitude to you for any support that you are able to offer Mr. Kavoos Soofi at this time. Feb. 7, 2012 leaves us with little time to act.

His case # : 53317100
His lawyer's name :  Robin Seligman 416-967-7878

 

Please refer to www.kavoos.org for more information as well as http://www.cbc.ca/video/3/news/canada/toronto for the news coverage.  There are approximately 2000 signatures on the petition and the list of support keeps growing.

Thank you from many broken hearts,

 

Blessings,
Helen Mittelman

 

 

From: Helen

To: humanrights@toronto.ca

Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 2:59 PM

Subject: Fw: Urgent - Pending Deportation of Kavoos Soofi

 

To Whom This Concerns,

 

Please allow me to take a moment of your time for an urgent matter.

 

On January 11, 2012, my friend Mr. Kavoos Soofi appeared before the Immigration Office to receive the decision about his refugee application for protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Aid. His application was rejected. The judge instructed Kavoos to apply for his Iranian passport and leave Canada .  Kavoos, upon expressing his concern for his safety if he is deported to Iran( Kavoos has been active in pro-democracy movements there), the judge had him arrested immediately. 

 

There are many, many details following the outright detainment of Kavoos. They are inhumane and unworthy of what we as Canadian citizens expect from our country and the stewards of her laws.

 

This is the 7th. day of Kavoos's Hunger strike. His deportation date is set for Feb.07, 2012.

 

His friends and family are requesting your immediate assistance.  A campaign has been launched against the unfair and inhumane treatment of our government officers.  We don't want to break or change the law.  We don't claim any special privileges for Kavoos.  We ask for humane treatment and for Canadian democratic justice to prevail.

 

Kavoos has been living in Canada for 8 years lawfully with a work permit until 2014;  he has a registered firm and has filed income tax each year.  He is a loving, compassionate person, kind and gentle. He has made a dynamic contribution to our society.  And will continue to do so.

 

Please, I urge you, to help us find a way for his new lawyer to present his case one more time.  Please help us with instituting pure, and true Canadian values and treatment grounded in human respect and dignity. 

  

I am seriously concerned for Kavoos's safety upon his return to Iran and question the decision made by Immigration Canada to deport him.

My deepest gratitude to you for any support that you are able to offer Mr. Kavoos Soofi at this time. Feb. 7, 2012 leaves us with little time to act.

His case # : 53317100
His lawyer's name :  Robin Seligman 416-967-7878

 

Please refer to www.kavoos.org for more information as well as http://www.cbc.ca/video/3/news/canada/toronto for the news coverage.  There are approximately 2000 signatures on the petition and the list of support keeps growing.

Thank you from many broken hearts,

 

Blessings,
Helen Mittelman

Anna Mancini <amancini108@yahoo.com>
To: "hrto.tdpo@ontario.ca" <hrto.tdpo@ontario.ca>

 

Dear Sir or Madam

 

This email is being sent on behalf of Kavoos Soofi, an Iranian national who has lived in Toronto for many years and is now being deported back to Iran. Mr. Soofi is on his 8th day of fasting to protest his deportation back to Iran.

 

Is it possible for your organization, who has been given the responsibility of fighting discrimination, to help this human being? Mr. Soofi has been a model citizen, working and taking care of his family, and has never created any problem in Toronto. Now that he is requesting to remain in Canada, why is the government refusing this human and justifiable request? Is Canada that small that it cannot find space for a good man and  show compassion and justice to one man?

 

How is it possible that in this day and age where justice and freedom should be the right of human citizen there are countries that are actually taking away this freedom and justice? The Canadian government is doing exactly this. Mr. Soofi has the right to remain in Canada, If he is deported he will surely face prison and possibly even worse treatments. He has requested asylum from the Canadia government and there is absolutely no reason why he cannot be granted this request. Mr. Soofi's families are all in Canada. He has no immediate   relatives in Iran. Mr. Soofi has spoken out against injustice and lack of freedom that Iran is now practicing. But this is no reason for the Canadian Immigration to refuse his claim for refugee status in Canada.

 

Please try to study this case, Please try to be involved and try to see the discrimination that is being played here against Mr. Soofi.

 

I hope to hear from you soon. I hope that justice is shown to Mr.Soofi who deserves to become a Canadian citizen and should not be returned to a country that will surely imprison him and possibly demonstrate even worse treatment. Canada is big country and Mr. Soofi has been a model human being while living in Toronto.. I hope that the Canadian government will show its compassion towards Mr., kavoos Soofi.

Sincerely,

Anna M. Mancini

New York

 

 

From: Helen

To: canot@UNHCR.org

Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:02 PM

Subject: Fw: Urgent - Pending Deportation of Kavoos Soofi

 

Dear Protection Officer,  

Please allow me to take a moment of your time for an urgent matter.

On January 11, 2012, my friend Mr. Kavoos Soofi appeared before the Immigration Office to receive the decision about his refugee application for protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Aid. His application was rejected. The judge instructed Kavoos to apply for his Iranian passport and leave Canada .  Kavoos, upon expressing his concern for his safety if he is deported to Iran( Kavoos has been active in pro-democracy movements there), the judge had him arrested immediately. 

 

There are many, many details following the outright detainment of Kavoos. They are inhumane and unworthy of what we as Canadian citizens expect from our country and the stewards of her laws.

 

This is the 7th. day of Kavoos's Hunger strike. His deportation date is set for Feb.07, 2012.

 

His friends and family are requesting your immediate assistance.  A campaign has been launched against the unfair and inhumane treatment of our government officers.  We don't want to break or change the law.  We don't claim any special privileges for Kavoos.  We ask for humane treatment and for Canadian democratic justice to prevail.

 

Kavoos has been living in Canada for 8 years lawfully with a work permit until 2014;  he has a registered firm and has filed income tax each year.  He is a loving, compassionate person, kind and gentle. He has made a dynamic contribution to our society.  And will continue to do so.

 

Please, I urge you, to help us find a way for his new lawyer to present his case one more time.  Please help us with instituting pure, and true Canadian values and treatment grounded in human respect and dignity. 

  

I am seriously concerned for Kavoos's safety upon his return to Iran and question the decision made by Immigration Canada to deport him.

My deepest gratitude to you for any support that you are able to offer Mr. Kavoos Soofi at this time. Feb. 7, 2012 leaves us with little time to act.

His case # : 53317100
His lawyer's name :  Robin Seligman 416-967-7878

 

Please refer to www.kavoos.org for more information as well as http://www.cbc.ca/video/3/news/canada/toronto for the news coverage.  There are approximately 2000 signatures on the petition and the list of support keeps growing.

Thank you from many broken hearts,

 

Blessings,
Helen Mittelman

 

De : Veronika Mouchard <verothierry@yahoo.fr>

Objet : Stop Kavoos deportation

Date : 31 janvier 2012 14:13:17 HNEC

À : jason.keeny@parl.gc.ca

Honorable Mr. Keeney,

I am a French citizen, originally coming from an Eastern European country. Knowing from inside the mentality of totalitarian regime supporters I cannot help reacting vehemently with aversion to this decision of deportation of the Iranian citizen Kavoos. I cannot believe that such a developped, civilized and respectful state as Canada can commit an act of deportation of a citizen who dared express openly his opposition to a totalitarian regime. There is no doubt that this decision is a death sentence and it would be a blemish forever on the reputation of the great country that you represent. I am sure you can still revise it and convince your political partners to do it.  

Rigidity has never helped anyone or any state to evolve on a long term basis, rigidity has always been deteriorating for the human nature and this case is far from being an isolated individual destiny, it is a symbol and your actions will mark the collective consciousness for sure -- positively or negatively -- for you to decide. I believe in your common sense and wisdom, I believe in Canada's democratic spirit!

Please do cancel the deportation!

With all my respect,

Veronika Alekova-Mouchard

France

 

Ahmad Firouzi wrote:

Monsieur le Haut Commissaire

Je vous écris au sujet de Monsieur Kavoos Soufi Siavash. Cette personne de nationalité Iranienne est actuellement en instance d'expulsion du Canada, pays où il a résidé pendant les huit dernières années.

Je ne souhaite pas m'étendre sur le caractère injuste de cette expulsion qui concerne une personne dont l'honnêteté et les qualités humaines sont unanimement reconnues et appréciée. Je voudrais plutôt attirer votre attention sur les conséquences potentielles de cette procédure d'expulsion, si celle-ci devait être menée à son terme.
Monsieur Soufi Siavash s'étant impliqué dans des activités en faveur de la démocratie dans son pays d'origine, il plane un grand doute sur la sécurité de sa personne à son retour en Iran.

Je vous prie instamment, Monsieur le Haut Commissaire, de bien vouloir intervenir auprès du gouvernement Canadien afin de sursoir à cette expulsion. Je suis persuadé que l'examen de cette demande évitera la réalisation d'une grande injustice aux conséquences dramatiques.

Je vous prie d'accepter, Monsieur le haut Commissaire, l'expression de mes plus respectueuses salutations.

Ahmad Firouzi
Niamey - Niger

 

From: ioana popa (ioana_ip@yahoo.com)

Sent: February-01-12 12:45:36 AM

To: pm@pm.gc.ca (pm@pm.gc.ca)

Dear Prime Minister,

 
I have full respect for your precious time, but I have to write because my duty as a Canadian citizen is to help prevent the mistakes made in name of Canada, specially when such mistakes may cost the lives of innocent beautiful people, that led a beautiful and honest Canadian life, here in Canada, for many years.
 
For myself, my family and my friends, life is no longer the same ever since our dear friend was incarcerated and is in a hunger strike - day 10. We have pleaded with Mr. Jason Kenney -please see below- but there is no response received from him as yet, and our friend is scheduled to be deported on February 7th, 2012 to Iran, where he has NO family, NO support, and where only danger awaits him. Please, forgive me, I am from a technical background, same with my husband and I never had to write such letters before. We are not Iranians but we can understand the terrible danger and the obvious mistake of such a terrible decision that was made in haste and without knowing all the needed info about Kavoos Soofi. We are proud to say that our friend, Kavoos Soofi was able to build so genuinely a beautiful and strong social network of friends around him in his 8 years of living,studying and working lawfully in Canada. So now, we stand all of us around him and with us all our many friends from around the world stand and support actively our plea to STOP the deportation of Kavoos Soofi. Thus, also his hunger strike will cease from harming his general wellbeing.. We are terrbily worried of the consequences on his health, added to the isolation that he is going through. He was always extremely sociable! I put all my trust in you, that you can intervene in his case, for Mr Jason Kenney to read our letter, and allow the Canadian Justice to review in full light and with up to date knowledge, the case of Kavoos Soofi. Thank you very much for listening and for your help with this case. Please, read below why we are supporting Kavoos Soofi and why we are in so much distress. Thank you again for your kind consideration.

Respectfully yours, Ioana Popa - Canadian citizen from Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
 

Emad Abi Habib wrote on February 3rd.

Honourable Jason Kenney,

 
I am writing to you today in regards to a dear friend Kavoos Soofi whom i know since 2005. Kavoos like many Iranians who fled Iran because of fear of being prosecuted by their government for being pro-democracy.
Kavoos has been in Canada since 2004 and has his own painting business, he is well integrated in the Canadian society and has all his family and friends in Canada and USA.
Today Kavoos is on his tenth day being on hunger strike the only thing in his hand trying to fight deportation to Iran and is being held by immigration officials and facing deportation on the 7th of Feb.
I lived half of my life in Lebanon and well aware of the criminal nature of regimes like the Syrian and Iranian and know for sure what Kavoos will face if deported back to Iran which i am sure your government does not wish to anyone.
So, please i beg you to stop his deportation, as i know you as Canada's Citizenship and Immigration minister have the capacity to do.
 
Sincerely
Emad Abi Habib

Kavoos' Parents wrote:

Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon; The UN Secretary General
Dear Mr. Stephen Harper; The Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Mr. Dalton McGuinty, The Premier of Ontario
Dear Mr. Jason Kenney, The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Date: 02/01/2012

With six more days to go before my son being deported from Canada to an uncertain future and possibly harm's way; me and my wife are pleading with you to put an end to Kavoos's deportation process.
 

I am not fond of rulers of my country, on many occasions the inhumane nature of their policies have hardened my heart and clenched my fingers, there is no need to recount them here. Last year me and my wife came to US to be with our children. We were tired of living far away, we sent our daughter to US several years earlier and my two sons were residing in Toronto. We sent them there for the freedom , to experience living in a democracy, we sent them there for the future, we sent them there for the hope to build their lives. I was in US from 1956 for about nine years studying in CalPoly and graduating there and I had many good memories from those days. I wanted my children to have that and more.

Today me and my wife have come here once again (we reside with my daughter in US); our intent was to live our later years closer to our children. And now several days ago we learned about Kavoos's situation and his imminent deportation back to Iran. In my life I have always upheld the side of truth. I brought up my children in that spirit, to be truthful, good hearted, kind and hard working. Nowhere in my life I closed my eyes on vice, on unjust, on corruption. I have always asked myself what sanity will do here, what love will do here. I stood through the years and watched my children to grow tall to be free human beings, to hold their head high, to do their best in life.
Our Kavoos, who is our youngest is on a Hunger Strike now for 9 straight days. For nine days me and my wife could not relent. Day and night he is on our mind, like a splinter, we know he will not bow down to unjust and the turn of events crossing his path pushed him to this corner. The Canadian Immigration Services have decided not to let him leave Canada freely on allotted time usually given to a deportee, rather jailing him and sending him back to Iran. They ignore or don't understand the inordinate amount of danger they are putting him through. He has been vocal in voicing the ideas of opposition during mass unrest in Iran during 2008/09 of so called Green Movement. Iranian regime has taken careful note of all the opposing elements as they have done in the past and will follow up in their promise of imprisonment, torture and execution where they feel the need for. Kavoos's life will be in jeopardy if he is sent back like this.

We are here pleading with you to let him stay or at least give him the dignity of leaving Canada as a free man to go to possibly a third country. He has been a law abiding resident of Canada for the past eight years and there is no indication in his deeds and as we know him; in his heart to deviate from the rule of law. We appreciate if you can put an end to this trail of event and help him to restore some sanity back to his life, some peace back to our hearts and some rest back to all those lives who he has touched so lovingly.
Best Regards,

 Kavoos Soofi's Parents

_________________________________________________________

Hadi Shojaei wrote on February

From: Shojaei, Hadi
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 1:19 PM
To: 'jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca'
Subject: To my colleague, Jason

Dear Mr. Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
 
My name is Hadi Shojaei. I have been officially practicing in Canada at the highest level of medicine at Toronto Western Hospital for 1.5 years. I moved to Canada in August 2010 not only to increase my medical knowledge but also to explore different aspects of human rights and democracy. However, I am observing something opposite.
 
On January 11, 2012 my friend, Mr. Kavoos Soofi appeared before the Immigration Office to receive their decision but was arrested and has been detained by Immigration Canada where he will remain until his date of deportation back to Iran on Feb.07, 2012.
 
 
Kavoos is a self-employed professional painter, with a business officially registered with the government. He painted and managed all renovations in my house in November and December 2011. Kavoos was a mentor to my children (14 and 16 years old) as well as being an active and loved member of his community in Toronto.
 
Today is the day 11th that Kavoos is on a hunger strike. My wife and I, as physicians, are seriously concerned for Kavoos's current medical condition and also his safety upon returning to Iran and question the decision made by Immigration Canada to deport him.
 
I would appreciate with heartfelt gratitude any support that you are able to offer us at this time.
 
Thank you for taking the time to lend your ear to this case and your eyes to see www.kavoos.org. We are both trying our best to serve people who need help. Don't we all.
 
Sincerely,
 
Hadi Shojaei, MD, Physiatrist
Clinical Fellow
Comprehensive Pain Program
Toronto Western Hospital
University Health Network
4F811, 399 Bathurst Street
Toronto ON Canada M5T 2S8
Email: hadi.shojaei@uhn.on.ca
Tel: 416-603-5800 ext: 2627
Fax: 416-603-5725
 

From: Helen
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2012 4:44 PM
Subject: Fw: Urgent - Pending Deportation of Kavoos Soofi
 
To Whom This Concerns,
 
Please allow me to take a moment of your time for an urgent matter.
 
On January 11, 2012, my friend Mr. Kavoos Soofi appeared before the Immigration Office to receive the decision about his refugee application for protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Aid. His application was rejected. The judge instructed Kavoos to apply for his Iranian passport and leave Canada .  Kavoos, upon expressing his concern for his safety if he is deported to Iran( Kavoos has been active in pro-democracy movements there), the judge had him arrested immediately. 
 
There are many, many details following the outright detainment of Kavoos. They are inhumane and unworthy of what we as Canadian citizens expect from our country and the stewards of her laws.
 
This is the 7th. day of Kavoos's Hunger strike. His deportation date is set for Feb.07, 2012.
 
His friends and family are requesting your immediate assistance.  A campaign has been launched against the unfair and inhumane treatment of our government officers.  We don't want to break or change the law.  We don't claim any special privileges for Kavoos.  We ask for humane treatment and for Canadian democratic justice to prevail.
 
Kavoos has been living in Canada for 8 years lawfully with a work permit until 2014;  he has a registered firm and has filed income tax each year.  He is a loving, compassionate person, kind and gentle. He has made a dynamic contribution to our society.  And will continue to do so.
 
Please, I urge you, to help us find a way for his new lawyer to present his case one more time.  Please help us with instituting pure, and true Canadian values and treatment grounded in human respect and dignity. 
  
I am seriously concerned for Kavoos's safety upon his return to Iran and question the decision made by Immigration Canada to deport him.

 
My deepest gratitude to you for any support that you are able to offer Mr. Kavoos Soofi at this time. Feb. 7, 2012 leaves us with little time to act.

His case # : 53317100
His lawyer's name :  Robin Seligman 416-967-7878
 
Please refer to www.kavoos.org for more information as well as http://www.cbc.ca/video/3/news/canada/toronto for the news coverage.  There are approximately 2000 signatures on the petition and the list of support keeps growing.

Thank you from many broken hearts,
 
Blessings,
Helen Mittelman
Michele Bergon wrote to Jason Kenney

De : miberg2 <miberg2@aol.com>
A: jason.kenney <jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca>
Envoyé le : Vendredi, 3 Février 2012 20:08
Sujet : Stop Pro-Democracy Activist Kavoos' Deportation


Monsieur le Ministre Jason Kenney,

Ceci est une prière,
La prière pour un homme qui est en grève de la faim depuis 11 jours.
Kavoos Soofi qui, par ce geste, crie désespérément qu'il préfère mourir que quitter le Canada où il construit sa vie depuis bientôt 8 ans.

Dans le monde entier, le Canada est synonyme d'espoir et de liberté, c'est pourquoi comme tant d'hommes et de femmes depuis des centaines d'années, Kavoos a choisi de venir vivre libre dans votre beau pays.

Ce qui fait l'honneur de nos pays de Droit, c'est que la justice est le fondement des lois.
Pourtant, si l'application d'une loi risque de mettre en danger la vie d'un homme, il y a dans nos démocraties des femmes et des hommes qui, toujours, choisiront de protéger la vie humaine.

Aujourd'hui, Monsieur le Ministre, ce choix est entre vos mains et quelle que soit votre décision, nos larmes couleront.
Faites que ce soient des larmes de remerciement et de fierté pour le Canada que nous aimons.

Michèle Bergon
Toulouse - France.