International Group: Enforce Sanctions on Iran

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JERUSALEM - A new international report is calling on the United States to lead the charge in enforcing agreed-upon sanctions against Iran.

The United Nations voted in June to impose new sanctions against the rogue country in an effort to stop the regime from building nuclear weapons.

"In the last decade, [the U.S.] awarded $107 billion in contracts to firms that traded with Iran," former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said. "It's not enough to enact sanctions. You have to enforce the sanctions."

Cotler released the 200-page report -- called "The Danger of a Nuclear, Genocidal and Rights-Violating Iran: The Responsibility to Prevent Petition" -- in Jerusalem last week on behalf of Canada's Responsibility to Prevent Coalition.

"Our whole approach is to try to sound the alarm about the critical mass of threat posed by Ahmadinejad's Iran," he said. "The four-fold threat -- the nuclear, the terrorist, the state-sanction to incitement to genocide, and increasingly the massive violation of the rights of the Iranian people.

The report os backed by leading scholars, parliamentarians and human rights activists urging action against Iran.

The document points to several examples of human rights violations in Iran, including 26 executions of juvenile offenders in a three-year period and 140 more on death row.

Cotler added that President Barack Obama's tough sanctions law was late in coming and doesn't go far enough.

"[The sanctions law is] directed at the nuclear threat," he said. "It's important but it doesn't address yet the other three threats."

Bassam Eid is a Palestinian who says he's more concerned about human rights violations than a nuclear Iran.

"I think that, as the international community decided to present charges against the president of Sudan towards his war crimes inside Sudan, I think that's the same thing the international community should have to do towards Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran," he recommended.

Cotler hinted that leaders are dragging their feet because there is a lack of political will.

"They're surrounded by so many advisors and the like and a political bubble that they're almost insulated from appreciating the threat that exists," he said.

For now, Iran continues to develop its nuclear capabilities, sponsor terror, and oppress its own people virtually unchallenged.

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