TORONTO, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Today's Federal Court decision refusing
to prevent the removal of conscientious objector Robin Long is a major
disappointment for the majority of Canadians, 64% of whom support sanctuary
for U.S. soldiers seeking refuge here.
It is also at odds with the passage of June 3rd Parliamentary motion
calling for the oppor-tunity for conscientious objectors to apply for
permanent resident status, and an end to all deportations.
"The federal government's single-minded determination to deny the
legitimacy of conscientious objection to what is plainly an illegal war rife
with human rights abuses is abhorrent. Robin himself has been harassed by
authorities by being arrested for violating a deportation order of which
neither he nor his counsel were ever advised," says Lee Zaslofsky.
spokesperson for the War Resisters Support Campaign. "He's been held in jail
since July 4 and treated with disrespect by our government which seems intent
on imposing American military law in Canada."
Canadian Immigration authorities - who report to Minister of Citizenship
and Immigration Diane Finley - had kept secret a negative decision on Robin's
Pre-Removal Risk Assessment, making it impossible for his lawyer to file an
"We have received hundreds of messages of support for Robin," says Bob
Ages of the Vancouver War Resisters Support Campaign. "We are calling on
Canadians to take immediate action to tell the government that its attempts to
overturn Canada's longstanding tradition of sanctuary will be met with
The War Resisters Support Campaign pledges to redouble its efforts on
behalf of all conscientious objectors. It will follow Robin's case, as will
U.S. support organizations.
For further information:
For further information: Lee Zaslofsky, (416) 598-1222, (416) 369-0864;
Bob Ages, (604) 760-6786