Canada's peace and humanitarian organizations celebrate federal court
decision on Iraq War resister Joshua Key
TORONTO, July 4 /CNW/ - The Federal Court has today ordered Canada's
Immigration and Refugee Board to take another look at U.S. Iraq Conscientious
Objector Joshua Key's refugee claim. The court noted the refugee board had
decided the case on too narrow a basis.
Jeffry House, the lawyer representing Iraq War resisters summarized the
decision saying that the court found that Key was required to systematically
violate the Geneva Conventions as part of his military service in Iraq and
that he was justified in doing so.
In addition, the court sent the matter back for consideration of the
penalty, if any, that Mr. Key faces should he be forced to return to the U.S.,
saying that any punishment is persecution.
"I'm surprised, grateful and happy to be moving forward and not
backward," says Joshua Key. "It seems like we've had our hands tied behind our
backs for so long and I feel like now we have reason for hope. It's been a
long haul for me and my family."
The ruling may have substantial implications for other war resisters.
Lee Zaslofksy, spokesperson for the War Resisters Support Campaign called
the decision "wonderful news for Josh and his family and one that gives hope
to Corey Glass and the other U.S. Iraq War resisters who are currently subject
to deportation by the Canadian government. It's a great Fourth of July gift."
The War Resisters Support Campaign is calling on the Prime Minister and
Immigration Minister Diane Findley to act immediate to implement the June 3
parliamentary motion. It calls on the government to allow U.S. Iraq War
resisters and immediate family members the opportunity to apply to remain in
Canada as permanent residents; it also calls for an end to deportation orders
For further information:
For further information: Lee Zaslofsky, (416) 598-1222; Jeffry House,
Lawyer for Iraq War resisters, cell, (416) 707-6271; Michelle Robidoux (416)
856-5008; Media contact (also for interviews with Joshua Key), Lynn Simmons,
(416) 998-3157; See also: www.resisters.ca