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Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Wednesday, August 9, Victoria PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 16:23

Event: - Esquimalt Gorge Park,

The Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network and the Physicians for Global Survival present Victoria’s annual commemoration of the horrors perpetrated by nuclear arms in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 72 years ago.

The Hon. Judith Guichon will be present and introduce special guest speaker RUDI HOENSON, a well-known Nagasaki survivor and local philanthropist, who will read his poem, “Atomic Lament”.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 August 2017 23:38
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Statement from Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Human Rights Day PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 10 December 2017 11:27

Public Statement
December 10, 2017

Statement from Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Human Rights Day

(Unceded Coast Salish Territory / Vancouver, B.C. – December 10, 2017) December 10 is the day 70 years ago in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights officially recognizing that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” In 2007 144 states voted in favour of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). The Harper Government was one of four states to vote against the UN Declaration. The Trudeau Government formally endorsed the UN Declaration in 2010.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) issued the following statement to mark the United Nations' Human Rights Day:

“Indigenous Rights are human rights. On the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights we call on federal, provincial and municipal governments to truly commit to the true spirit and intent of the UN Declaration as a fundamental international human rights instrument to advance human rights for Indigenous peoples as a framework for justice and reconciliation.

“Canada’s own legal and constitutional frameworks must adapt to the UN Declaration, especially Indigenous peoples’ free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) based on our inherent and inalienable rights pursuant to our Indigenous laws and authorities. FPIC is the right to say yes and the right to say no to development on our lands and territories in order to safeguard the land and waters for future generations.

“It is crucially important our inherent Title, Rights and Treaty Rights are recognized and affirmed in all processes Canada and BC engages in with Indigenous peoples. When our inherent Title, Rights and Treaty Rights are entirely disregarded or domestically diluted, governments are liable.

“We gratefully acknowledge today is also the 5th Anniversary of the Idle No More movement and December 11 will be the 20th Anniversary of the historic Delgamuukw/Gisday’wa Supreme Court Decision. We raise our hands in appreciation to the leadership of the hereditary Chiefs and grassroots for their continuing fight for our human rights.

“In closing, we call on Premier Horgan to remember the members of Treaty 8 who are defending their land and way of life against BC Hydro’s destructive Site C project. In the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Declaration, their Treaty 8 rights are human rights.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 December 2017 11:31
 
Burns Bog Conservation Society Petitions Federal Government PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:53

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

 

We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House to the following:

 

Whereas, there are species at risk on the lands owned by MK Delta Lands Group (7007 Highway 91, 7969 Highway 91 Connector, 7949 104 Street, 10770 72nd Avenue, et al, Delta, British Columbia) and Pineland Peat (5224-88 Street, Delta, British Columbia).

 

Whereas, these species at risk include: the Red-listed Dim Skipper Butterfly, the Red-listed Pacific Water Shrew, Red-listed Trowbridge’s Shrew, the Red-listed Sandhill crane and Red-listed Southern Red-backed vole. Red-listed Black-Crowned Night Heron, the Red-listed Olympic shrew, the Blue-listed Autumn Meadowhawk, the Blue-listed Northern Red-legged frog, Blue-listed Barn Owl, Blue-listed Western Screech Owl, Blue-listed Green Heron and the Blue-listed Black Swift are either resident or migrate to these areas annually.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:58
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Statement by Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the Univ of Illinois School of Law, on the illegality of Trump’s threats against North Korea PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 December 2017 12:59

 

 

Statement by Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the Univ of Illinois School of Law, on the illegality of Trump’s threats against North Korea

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To be read at Refuse Fascism protests on November 11

1. The US government threats of “preventive warfare” against DPRK are illegal and criminal. The Nuremberg Tribunal in their Judgment of 1946, which the US helped organize, condemned “preventive war” when the lawyers for the Nazis made the argument on their behalf. This is an illegal and criminal threat in violation of international law. According to the World Court in its Advisory Opinion (1996) on the Threat or  Use of Nuclear Weapons, the legality vel non of a threat stands or falls on the same legal grounds as if the threat were carried out.

2. The repeated US government threats to “destroy” or “annihilate” DPRK are an international crime under the 1948 Genocide Convention to which the United States is a party. These genocidal threats are also illegal and criminal under the rationale of the  1996 World Court Advisory Opinion mentioned above.

3. The United States has an absolute obligation under UN Charter article 2(3) and article 33 to open “negotiation” with DPRK in good faith in order to produce a peace resolution of this dispute. Instead, the US government has repeatedly rejected these obligations under the UN Charter.

4. The proposal by Russia and China for a “dual-freeze” is an excellent basis to produce good faith and direct negotiations between USA and DPRK as required by the UN Charter.

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Far-right rally, counter-protest both planned for Vancouver today PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 10:48

 

One demonstration is protesting Islam, while the other is protesting white nationalism

CBC News Posted: Aug 19, 2017 5:00 AM PT Last Updated: Aug 19, 2017 5:00 AM PT

A counter-protest organized by Stand Up to Racism Metro Vancouver is being held at Vancouver City Hall on Saturday.

A counter-protest organized by Stand Up to Racism Metro Vancouver is being held at Vancouver City Hall on Saturday. (Stand Up to Racism Metro Vancouver/Facebook)

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