On Mon., Jan. 19, march with the Pledge of Resistance in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade! Quote Dr. King in condemning
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Friday 16 January 2009
Ann Wright, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
The Canadian government has ordered the deportation of Kimberly Rivera, the first
Rivera served in the
Rivera's Pre-Removal Risk assessment application and request to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds were denied by the conservative Stephen Harper government, although the Canadian government refused to join the Bush coalition of the willing and join in on the war in Iraq. The Canadian military's participation in the war in
The War Resisters Support Campaign in Canada believes the Canadian Immigration Minister's decision to deport Rivera and four other US war resisters is based on the need to have the deportations completed before the Canadian Parliament returns in late January. The Parliament adopted a resolution in June 2008 that recommended to the Harper government that "conscientious objectors" to wars that are not authorized by the United Nations be allowed to apply for permanent residence status in
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has said that the refugee claims of war resisters are "bogus" and that he "has no sympathy for them." Kenney has made it clear that his government intends to go against the will of Parliament and the will of Canadians.
If Rivera and the other
Several other war resisters in
Corey Glass has since been granted a new application to stay on Humanitarian & Compassionate grounds. Jeremy Hinzman's appeal date for his negative decision has been set for February 10 and Matt Lowell is waiting to hear whether his appeal will be heard.
There are several Canadian groups actively opposing the government's actions. For further information on those efforts, contact the War Resisters Support Campaign.
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