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A Cross-Canada Tour Of Iraq War Resisters PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Monday, 13 September 2004 01:37
During the period of 1965-1973, more than 50,000 Americans made their way to Canada, refusing to participate in an immoral war - America's war in Vietnam.  Canadian public opposition to that war, along with strong pressure placed o­n the Canadian government, meant that Trudeau said at the time "Those who make the conscientious judgment that they must not participate in this war...have my complete sympathy, and indeed our political approach has been to give them access to Canada. Canada should be a refuge from militarism."

A Cross-Canada Tour Of Iraq War Resisters

Brandon Hughey will be speaking:
Monday, September 27th
7:00 pm
Room A240, Human & Social Development Building
University of Victoria


Thirty years later, Canada is faced with the same moral choice - go give
refuge to those who refuse to be accomplices in the US-led war o­n Iraq,
which many legal opinions have deemed illegal under international law.

Brandon Hughey is 19 years old, and a former member of the US army, who left
his country rather than participate in an illegal act of aggression.
According to the Nuremburg Tribunal, which was adopted by the UN as law, a
soldier has the responsibility to refuse an order that he or she knows to be
wrong. Based o­n this law, Brandon refused his order to deploy to Iraq, and
came to Canada.  He will not allow himself to face persecution by the US
government for following the higher international and moral law.  He is
currently staying with a Quaker family in o­ntario.

The War Resisters Support Campaign is working to lobby the Canadian
government to demonstrate its commitment to international law and the
treaties to which it is a signatory, by making provision for US war
objectors to have refuge in this country.  Currently, four resisters are
seeking refugee status here.

The Campaign's website is www.resisters.ca
Check the website to find out more information about the Campaign, and about
what you can do.

For more information about what is happening with the Campaign in Victoria,
call Valerie Lannon at 385-3934.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 September 2004 01:37
 

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