Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ditch Army-Deserter Policy

In-light especially with what has come out over the years, in the Chilcot Iraq War Inquiry, other Countries Government Inquiries and reports still coming out especially as to Iraq but also Afghanistan, Canada should do more then just re-think their policy! The U.S., as to same, should take another look at those who once again fled to Canada and allow them to return if they so wish, with no criminal charges hanging over them!

Activists urge Ottawa to ditch army-deserter policy

In this file photo, Phil McDowell, left, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army listens as Michelle Robidoux, an organizer with War Resister's support campaign speaks during the Toronto branch of the support group's meeting at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto on Feb. 21, 2007.

Oct. 16, 2010 - U.S. army deserters and their supporters on Saturday urged the Canadian government to jettison an immigration policy they say prejudices their cases and violates international refugee law.

The policy, which came to light this summer after being posted under the name Operational Bulletin 202, flags the refugee claims of U.S. deserters for special attention from Canadian immigration officials.

It advises immigration officials that desertion is a serious offence in Canada and the United States. As such, army deserters who defect to Canada and file refugee claims may be deemed ineligible for asylum.

The practice “prejudices their cases,” said Michelle Robidoux, a spokeswoman for the War Resisters Support Campaign, on Saturday.


Mr. Hinzman served in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003. He applied for conscientious objector status when the Iraq war began, but was denied.

In 2008, he was ordered deported, but Hinzman, who is still in Canada, appealed, saying he will be jailed if he returns to the U.S. {read rest}

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