Celebrations and calls for federal government to implement the will of
TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - Today's decision by Canada's Federal Court has
peace, faith, student and humanitarian organizations celebrating and means
that Corey is now free to remain in Canada while the court makes a decision on
his application for judicial review. "We have not yet received the reasons for
the decision but we are relieved and delighted," says Counsel Alyssa Manning.
The War Resisters Support Campaign is now calling on Canadians to urge
the government to implement the June 3 parliamentary motion. It calls for an
end to deportation orders against conscientious objectors and the opportunity
for them to apply to remain in Canada as permanent residents.
In the U.S. today, actions took place at the Canadian Embassy and
Consulates in 13 cities requesting the government of Canada give refuge to
U.S. Iraq War resisters.
The Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) sponsored a letter from
many of Canada's faith communities requesting the federal government stop
deportations. "Canada has always been a country of citizens who prize peace
and peace making. We hope that public policy will reflect those aims," said
Jane Orion Smith, spokesperson for the organization. "Corey's case and that of
all the soldiers are based on substantive rights of conscience under
international law that must be respected."
Amnesty International Canada yesterday issued an Urgent Action calling on
Canadians to contact the Prime Minister and Diane Finley, Minister of
Immigration. See Amnesty website at: www.amnesty.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Lee Zaslofsky, office (416) 598-1222 & cell
(416) 567-4036; Alyssa Manning, Lawyer for Corey Glass, (416) 938-2816;
Michelle Robidoux, (416) 856-5008; Media contact, Lynn Simmons, (416)
998-3157; See also: www.resisters.ca