Call for a Consistent, Accurate Reference to the Persian Gulf sign now

We, the undersigned Canadians of Iranian descent and believers in cultural sensitivity, have read your address to the Canadian Forces serving in Afghanistan made on December 30, 2004. Originally there was an inaccurate reference in that speech to an "Arabian Gulf," which was later modified to yet another indistinct name "the Gulf":

We are concerned about an inconsistent an inaccurate reference made in that speech to the body of water connecting the Arabian Peninsula with the Iranian Plateau. This body of water has historically and legally been called the Persian Gulf, whereas we originally read the inaccurate term "the Arabian Gulf" and then later "the Gulf" in the above-mentioned speech. We Would like to highlight the following facts regarding this matter:

The United Nations with 22 Arab member states has on two occasions officially affirmed the term the Persian Gulf for this body of water. The first declaration was made through the document UNAD, 311/Qen on March 5, 1971 and the second was UNLA 45.8.2 (C) on August 10, 1984.

The fact sheets on the legal and historical usage of the term Persian Gulf can be found on the following web pages:

It should be noted that we sign this petition acknowledging and respecting the sovereignty and identity of Iran's Arab neighbors, which share many cultural and religious ties with our homeland.

The Persian Gulf is part of the identity of the people who live in the Iranian Plateau. The people with an Iranian background including Canadians of Iranian origin, while respecting the multicultural Canadian mosaic, cherish their heritage and ancestral identity. In that light, it is very important to be accurate on addresses to the public, and to demonstrate the recognition of the international law regarding this matter. This incidentally is in line with the Governor General's role to promote national identity and unity, as well as Canada's cultural richness and diversity," as stipulated on the Governor General's web site:

We highly appreciate any efforts made by your excellency to rectify the situation and to clarify to the public that the accurate internationally recognized name for this body of water is the Persian Gulf and any other adjective than "Persian" or absent thereof to modify the Persian Gulf is inaccurate, misrepresentative, and unacceptable

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Latest Signatures

  • 11 December 2015850. Siyavash Rivera
    Just Persian & Persian Gulf
  • 08 December 2015849. Anita Hobbs
  • 08 December 2015848. Arash Galvan
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 2015847. Samira Guzman
    This ia persian golf, if you don't know that , please educate yourself .
  • 03 December 2015846. Behrooz M
    Please remember "Persian Gulf", always "Persian Gulf"
  • 03 December 2015845. Hfazeli Mcmahon
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015844. Fahimeh S
    I support this petition
  • 20 November 2015843. Mashoud N
    The truth will prevail
  • 18 November 2015842. Farzad Chan
    Persian gulf will be persian gulf for eternity.
  • 16 November 2015841. Agdarian J
    the name is, was and willevr be persian gulf.Please dont forget it. Thanks
  • 09 November 2015840. Ali Williamson
    One wonders how the reference to the same body of water can change a few times. Didn't Ms. Clarkson make the mistake of calling the Persian Gulf the Arabian Gulf. Any correction should be done notifying the public of such an act and not by altering what w
  • 04 November 2015839. Parviz F
    We insist on a consistent accurate reference to the Persian Gulf.
  • 04 November 2015838. Mehrdad H
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2015837. Parviz N
    persian golf was alwas persian golf and will remain persian golf
  • 03 November 2015836. Mohammad Alig
    I support this petition
  • 29 October 2015835. Royae Willis
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 16 October 2015833. Rostam B
    Persian Gulf situeted in south of persia -very easy .
  • 09 October 2015832. Shirin Turner
    If you do not respect iran or its People at least respect the history.
  • 01 October 2015831. Arash K
    I support this petition
  • 28 September 2015830. Amir Z
    Persian Golf is always Persian Golf
  • 25 September 2015829. Reza K
    I support this petition
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Dora RowlandBy:
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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada


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