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Canada labels illegal immigrants 'war criminals'

Published on : 3 August 2011 - 2:35pm | By Richard Walker (Photo: Medmoiselle T)
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Amnesty International has urged Canada to think again about a list of 30 wanted men it went public with ten days ago. The organisation published an open letter to the Candadian government on Tuesday.

Ottawa calls the men 'war criminals', but gives no details of any evidence against them. Five of the men on the list published by the Canadian Border Services Agency have since been arrested, one of whom has been deported back to Peru.

All the men have question marks over their residence status in Canada, but the implication that all are now war crimes suspects is new.

Australia to discourage illegal immigrants

Australian officials will be filming illegal aliens being extradited to Malaysia. The videos of the rejected asylum seekers, whose faces will be blotted out, will be posted to YouTube and Facebook. The aim of the exercise is to discourage illegal immigration.

Asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran often try to reach Australia's Christmas Island in a dangerous crossing which has cost many lives.

Australia's Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has said he hopes that the videos will convince people traffickers and illegal immigrants that Australia will irrevocably repatriate asylum seekers to Malaysia.

The two countries signed an accord last week covering the exchange of immigrants and refugees. Human rights organisations have criticised the deal, saying that Malaysia is failing to take proper care of the repatriated refugees.
(Klaas den Tek/rk)


Labels stick
The list naming the wanted 30, who come from a number of countries (Peru, Guatemala, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka), includes photos of each one. Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews reinforced the ‘war criminal’ label in a statement last week. He said,

"Our message is clear: those who are active or complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity can no longer hide in the shadows."

War crimes or misdemeanours?

To make it onto the Canadian Border Services Agency’s ‘Most Wanted List’ - what criteria must be met? The CBSA told RNW:

“Individuals (must) have a removal order that is in force; have a Canada-wide warrant for arrest and detention for removal issued… and (that) the CBSA has actively investigated the whereabouts of these individuals using all the tools at our disposal with no results."

In other words, illegal immigrants who have absconded after their application for refugee status was turned down. Janet Dench leads the Canadian Council for Refugees and believes the current policy is flawed. She said,

“Technically speaking, people who are included on this list are people who could have been suspected of war crimes but it could also be people who are in no way suspected of war crimes or crimes against humanity, people who have nothing but an unfortunate association under Canadian legislation.”

There are many such associations which can be attached to an individual – having been in a police force in certain countries, for example – which will make a refugee undesirable under Canadian law.

The wanted list
“On the one hand the government points out how it wants to be tough on war criminals… (but on the other hand) … we don’t have any policy for making sure people are brought to justice… the Canadian policy is – let’s deport them,” said Janet Dench.

The coming days and weeks are likely to see further arrests and deportations of men on the wanted list. Despite serious question marks over the personal safety of such people once repatriated, a wider concern is currently being voiced by rights groups – that the list could engender the stereotyping and discrimination of the ethnic groups it features.



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Anonymous 8 August 2011 - 10:02pm / oz

Interestingly enough I received this from an Iranian who is an American citizen, living in the USA and still working for Mother Bechtel.

Conclusion: The Arabs are not happy!!!
· They are not happy in Gaza.
· They are not happy in the West.
· They are not happy in Jerusalem.
· They are not happy in Israel.
· They are not happy in Egypt.
· They are not happy in Libya.
· They are not happy in Algeria.
· They are not happy in Tunis.
· They are not happy in Morocco.
· They are not happy in Yemen.
· They are not happy in Iraq.
· They are not happy in Afghanistan.
· They are not happy in Syria.
· They are not happy in Lebanon.
· They are not happy in Sudan.
· They are not happy in Jordan.
· They are not happy in Iran.

So, where are the Arabs happy?
· They are happy in England.
· They are happy in France.
· They are happy in Italy.
· They are happy in Germany.
· They are happy in Sweden.
· They are happy in Holland.
· They are happy in Belgium.
· They are happy in Norway.
· They are happy in the U.S.
· They are happy in Romania.
· They are happy in Hungary.
They are happy in any other country in the world that is not under a Muslim rule.

And whom do they blame?
· Not Islam.
· Not their leadership.
· Not themselves.
They blame the same countries in which they are happy to live.

Democracy is really good for them :
In a democracy they can live comfortably, enjoy the high quality of life which they did not build and work for, they don’t have to be productive and earn a living, they can be wild, pray in the street and break the law, exploit the social services, and bite the hand that feeds them.

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David Berridge 4 August 2011 - 6:06pm / Canada

Relax, Hiram, I'm still very much sober. Canada is still very much a country of immigration. This is all about 30 individuals wanted internationally for war crimes and have been identified as such, with precise countries to be returned to face justice. This is not the over-generalized mass deportation Geert desires, breaking every law and constitutional provision protecting the individual in Dutch society. It may appear to be an unexpected "conversion" on my part, yet the legal distinctions are both clear and precise.Many thanks for your concerns about my sobriety but I am in no problem area in that regard!

Hiram1 4 August 2011 - 6:29pm

"Many thanks for your concerns about my sobriety but I am in no problem area in that regard!"....David, that is what friends are supposed to do. We are friends; are we not! Geert would be proud of you and your stance about 30 miscreants. Now, multiply that by several million and you will be just like Geert. You have to start with a small number like 30 and it then gets easier. It always starts off with trival amounts in the beginning and then progresses as you become more informed of the problem. Bye!

SPARE-US-THE-SIDESHOW 4 August 2011 - 3:52am

"you have human-rights utopians demanding Canada put these 30 people on trial before deporting them. Which is absurd. It's not just that we don't have the resources or the information to deliver a fair trial. It's that it's none of our business. Should Canada try the people who assassinated Ghulam Haider Hamidi, the Mayor of Kandahar, on Wednesday? Of course not. Why would that change if one of the suspects managed to get himself to Canada and claim refugee status?

These 30 men might be guilty of war crimes, or they might not. In denying residency to them, our courts have deemed that this determination is simply not our problem. And we've got enough of our own, thank you, to deal with. The government is right to name people ordered deported, and post their pictures, and track them down and send them home - and to broadcast that it's doing so, so as not to seem a soft touch in other countries. Everything else is a distinctly unedifying sideshow that, as always, we could do without."

(opinion excerpt)

David Berridge 4 August 2011 - 3:17am / Canada

I'm more than alright with what the Conservative government does in Ottawa. There are about 25 more international criminals to go of the war crime variety, and this lot is a great first start!

Hiram1 4 August 2011 - 4:42pm

David, you are starting to believe and talk like our buddy Geert. What happen? You sipping on some of that Crown Royal?

Vera Gottlieb 3 August 2011 - 7:55pm / Germany

Although I live in Germany, I am a Canadian. Illegal immigrants have always had it quite easy to enter Canada and then remain - regardless of their past. In most cases, Canada is too lenient and the criminal world knows it.

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