Canada to deport elderly Muslim woman whose husband was executed for helping opposition movement in Iran

Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh (center)
Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh (center)
By: Alexis Bell

Canada became known for the place where Americans can run to escape if they don’t like the President Trump's policies.

A government official has also announced that Canada is a safe place for refugees.

However, 60-year-old Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh learned the hard way that not all refugees are protected equally.

Mirmahaleh was a prisoner for three years in Iran, before she managed to flee to Canada.

Mirmahaleh said that she was jailed and her husband was executed in Iran.

They were punished after they distributed pamphlets that were printed by the opposition group called Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

Mirmahaleh pleaded with the Canada Border Services Agency not to return her to Iran, as that would be a definite death sentence.

However, Canadian immigration officers decided that it was “safe to send her back.”

Mirmahaleh has lived in Canada with her daughter for the past five years, and she is scheduled to be deported to Iran next week.

The woman’s daughter, Sahar Bahrami, said that she is very worried about her mother, who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure among other things.

Mirmahaleh claims that MEK is a peaceful movement that is popular among Iranians.

Her attorney said that the 60-year-old woman is being denied refugee status in Canada over the group's links to violence, despite the fact their is no evidence linking her to any violence or crime.

Kyle Matthews, head of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, said that Mirmahaleh has reasons to fear for her safety.