Speaking on behalf of the War Resisters Support Campaign, Lee Zaslofsky expressed disappointment at the decision. Of course we are disappointed. The technicalities of the refugee process were allowed to obscure the justice of Jeremys case. But we will continue to campaign to get the Government of Canada to open our doors to all U.S. Iraq War resisters.
The War Resisters Support Campaign, which was launched in early 2003, took the position from the beginning that U.S. war resisters should not be sent back to face incarceration or even a possible death sentence for refusing to participate in an illegal war. Canada must not become an enforcement arm of the U.S. military, handing over to certain punishment courageous young men whose only offense was to follow Canadas own example, said Carolyn Egan, a Campaign spokesperson.
Hinzman is the first of seven US war resisters who have applied for refugee status in Canada. The others are still waiting for their hearings to be scheduled. Canadian law requires that each refugee claim be considered on its own merits. said House. We will pursue the other claims every bit as vigorously as Jeremys claim.
It seems like the Martin Government is dithering over what to do about US war resisters who come to Canada. But this issue will not just go away, and Mr. Martin should face up to the need to provide sanctuary to them. It is simply wrong to leave them in limbo, facing either jail terms or long term uncertainty. Pierre Trudeau was proud to offer access to Canada as a refuge from militarism during the Vietnam War Paul Martin should do likewise for those who cannot in good conscience take part in the Iraq War, said Zaslofsky.
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