Canada: Supreme Court hearing refugee/war crimes case
Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 17, 2013
They are busy, busy, busy in Canada these days with refugee issues. Yesterday it was the announcement that Canada would take 5000 more Iraqis and Iranians to make Turkey happy, and today the Supreme Court will hear an important case.
Here is the story (from Canada.com):
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case Thursday that grapples with how to determine just who is culpable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, a former high-level diplomat with the Democratic Republic of Congo, was originally denied refugee status after he fled to Montreal with his family because he was found to be complicit by association with the crimes committed by the war-torn African country.
It will be the first time since 1999 that the Supreme Court is considering the interpretation of provisions of a United Nations refugee convention that denies refugee status to people who are associated with war crimes and crimes against humanity – provisions upon which hundreds of refugee cases in Canada are decided, said Lorne Waldman, the president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.
Sheesh! They have a whole Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, I wonder if we have such an association?
Read it all. The “humanitarians” are on Ezokola’s side, no surprise there.
I bet there are war criminals sprinkled throughout the US refugee population.
Those two Iraqis convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky would, in my view, fit the definition. Oh, but then again, they only killed Americans so that doesn’t count I suppose.
But, this case from New Hampshire of a refugee woman (Beatrice Munyenyezi) charged with lying about her role in genocide in Rwanda is pretty stunning. We paid for her resettlement and then she cost us millions in court costs for a couple of very expensive trials. Looks like her next trial, that had been scheduled for last October, will be happening in March? in Concord, NH.
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