Marks First Anniversary in Sanctuary
by War Resisters Support Campaign
by War Resisters Support Campaign
Despite two motions to let Iraq War Resisters stay in
“This year of Sanctuary has been a very important pause in the unfolding application of the law, allowing critical space for upholding justice rather than simple legal process,” said Rev. Ric Matthews of
“To embrace those resisting war is part of out heritage, the will of the majority in Parliament and the desire of the majority of Canadians. The time in sanctuary will be well worth it if it prevents Rodney from being summarily deported and finally allows him to be given a fair opportunity to be accepted into this country,” said Rev. Matthews.
Mr. Watson is still awaiting a decision on his application to stay in
After completing one tour of duty in
“I did not return to
Rather than go to prison in the
With the assistance of the War resisters Support Campaign, Mr. Watson appealed for refugee status on the grounds that he faced persecution in
Since the arrival of the first U.S. Iraq War resister Jeremy Hinzman in 2004, Canadians have opened their homes and hearts to them.
“Canadians have reacted to the arrival of War Resisters with logic and compassion, citing our history of being a place of political refuge over many generations, and have been shocked at the government’s interference in the refuge process and its refusal to honour the will of Parliament,” said Sarah Bjorknas, spokesperson for the War Resisters Support Campaign in Vancouver.
“The case of Rodney Watson living in sanctuary has become a test of national honour for many who believe that
Mr. Watson is eagerly awaiting the upcoming House of Commons vote on Bill C-440 that will amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow U.S. Iraq War resisters to apply for permanent resident status in
The war in
A public opinion poll conducted by Angus Reid Strategies shortly after Parliament’s first vote found that 64 per cent of Canadians want the Government of Canada stop the deportations and grant permanent resident status to Iraq War resisters.
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WAR RESISTERS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN
To arrange interviews with Rodney Watson or for more information, please contact:
Sarah Bjorknas, Spokesperson in BC, War Resisters Support Campaign, 604-349-5027;
Reverend Ric. Mathews,
Associated Press: 'Combat in
Memo from the Associated Press' standards editor
From: Kent, Tom
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 5:30 PM
Many AP staffers are producing content that refers to the situation in
Whatever the subject, we should be correct and consistent in our description of what the situation in
To begin with, combat in
However, 50,000 American troops remain in country. Our own reporting on the ground confirms that some of these troops, especially some 4,500 special operations forces, continue to be directly engaged in military operations. These troops are accompanying Iraqi soldiers into battle with militant groups and may well fire and be fired on.
In addition, although administration spokesmen say we are now at the tail end of American involvement and all troops will be gone by the end of 2011, there is no guarantee that this will be the case.
Our stories about
Unless there is balancing language, our content should not refer to the end of combat in
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