Letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada

By email to john.baird@international.gc.ca
The Honorable John Baird
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0G2

Dear Minister Baird:

I am writing in my capacity as the a Chair for the Council of United Syrian Americans – Canadian chapter. Our mission is to support freedom in Syria through promotion of protesters demands that include Freedom of Speech, Assembly, Association and Press. Our organization believes that the equal enforcement of the Rule of Law is of paramount importance regardless of whether it is here in Canada or in Syria.

Kindly accept this letter as a formal request to investigate the following Canadian company for violation of the Federal Laws prohibiting the sale or export of technology to Syria: iWeb. The address of the company is below. This company has been copied on this letter in the hope that it will cooperate with your offices and make attempts to halt any web service sold to Syria. This company is currently producing technology which has aided the Syrian regime in oppressing its citizens. The Syrian government was added to the list of terrorist nations by the United States State Department and Treasury Departments due to President Bashar Assad’s support of terrorism. Since the start of the Syrian revolution in March of this year, Syria has engaged in state sponsored killing of Syria’s very own citizens. Many of those citizens are also Canadian citizens. Many Canadian citizens have been victim to the Syrian regime’s illegal arrests, torture, and killing. Because of the dual national status of many of these victims this has become an urgent problem of substantial security risk to Canadian citizens both in Canada and abroad. The International Criminal Court has even indicated its interest in this matter for prosecution.

iWeb makes products to allow the Syrian government to disseminate the regime’s information to its citizens. These products are restricted from sale to Syria. We believe the hosting of the Syrian government’s services is could lead to possible criminal prosecution for violation of the sanctions based on the following economic sanction relayed by the Prime Minister on May 24, 2011:

A ban under the Export and Import Permits Act on the export from Canada to Syria of goods and technology that are subject to export controls.

We believe attempts by iWeb to circumvent the laws of this nation are ineffectual and do nothing to make criminal acts lawful. Canadian Citizens of Syrian origin expect our Canadian companies to respect the Rule of Law regardless of where the activities are taking place. Immediate action must be taken to protect Canadian citizens of Syrian origin and uphold the Rule of Law. We now call on our Minister of Foreign Affairs office to proceed with the investigation and prosecution of this sanctions violator.

Please communicate with me to acknowledge receipt by email to mhamou@gmail.com or by phone 519-902-5811 for any further information. Thank You. With best wishes,


Mariam Hamou
Council of United Syrian Americans – Canada

Chief Executive Officer
20 Place du commerce
Nuns’ Island, Montreal, PQ
H3E 1Z6


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