Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird
Canada has helped "a large number" of gays and lesbians immigrate from Iran, which renounces them for their homosexuality, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, pictured in July 2012, said. © Noel Celis - AFP/File
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird
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Last updated: September 14, 2012

Canada's Foreign Minister: we helped "a large number" of gays escape Iran

Canada has helped "a large number" of gays and lesbians immigrate from Iran, which renounces them for their homosexuality, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.

Canada's immigration minister, Jason Kenney, "is working with groups that are active in this regard and helped a large number of people come to Canada," he said in response to a question after a speech on Canadian values.

His speech at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations touted Canada's efforts to promote the rights of women, as well as those of gays and lesbians abroad.

"Too many countries have regressive and punitive laws that criminalize homosexuality," he said.

Baird also noted the death of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato, who was beaten to death last year.

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