Phil Quin has more integrity than Golriz Ghahraman

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Phil Quin has shown he has way more integrity than Golriz Gharhraman.

He’s apologised for one aspect of his expose of her past.

A former Labour staffer has apologised for calling Green MP Golriz Ghahraman a “genocide denier”.

Phil Quin accused Ghahraman of being a genocide denier on Twitter, after discovering she had worked on the defence team for those accused of inciting genocide in Rwanda, during her time as a human rights lawyer for the United Nations.

The new Green MP spent time both in defence and prosecution for the UN on a number of high-profile human rights trials.

Quin, who has spent a number of years working in Rwanda, said Ghahraman chose to be on the defence team and published an article denying the genocide took place.

However, she rejected both claims, saying they were “complete untruths”.Ghahraman said she’d only ever held an official role with the UN, paid or otherwise.

The discussion around the role Ghahraman played during her time at the UN, and whether she and the Green Party had been transparent about this, started on Monday.

Referring to an article Ghahraman contributed to about the 1994 shooting down of the plane of then-Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, which triggered that country’s genocide, Quin tweeted: “She’s a straightforward genocide denier.”

He also said: “The entire ICTR defense strategy was predicated on genocide denial”.

Then on Wednesday evening, Quin denied calling Ghahraman a genocide denier: “I’ve never said @golrizghahraman is a genocide denier but she volunteered to work for a defence whose strategy was to cast doubt on the veracity of the historical record, i.e. revisionism — part and parcel of denial. If she now rejects that theory, she could say so.”

Less than half an hour later, Quin backtracked, admitting he had called the Green MP a genocide denier. He then apologised.

“It was pointed out correctly that I did use the term genocide denier in a flurry of excitement upon discovering a paper that hypothesized troubling theories about the genesis of the genocide.

“I should not have used that term w/o further evidence & I apologize to @golrizghahraman,” he said.

Good on him. Well done Phil, you are showing far more integrity than Golriz Gharhraman, who has now been shown to have claimed her parents faced tanks in the peaceful city of Mashhad. You’d think if they faced tanks it would have been a serious situation, but Wikipedia makes no mention of this prior to their leaving Iran in 1990. Mashhad was in fact a sanctuary city from the war between 1981 and 1988.

Now, if only Golriz Ghahraman would show the same integrity and apologise for misleading voters with her embellishments. Then maybe, just maybe the Green party might find that voters forgive them. Until she does, and if she continues her grandstanding, then I am afraid she is dragging the party down with her.


-Fairfax, Newshub

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