Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Minister Kenney sets record straight

Photo © House of Commons

Thanks to fellow Blogging Tory, BC Blue, I read Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s Response to Open Letter from Amnesty International, in which he takes Amnesty International to task (link here).

Surely Amnesty International is an organization that has lost its way. To begin with, it has its facts wrong and, based on that, apparently, seeks to defend those about whom Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board has found there are reasonable grounds to believe committed an offence under our Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

Of course, being an open and transparent democracy—among the most free of societies on earth—Canada is an easy target. It’s a whole lot easier to slander Canada and its excellent human rights record than to huff and puff over North Korea, Iran, Syria, et al.

I’m re-printing a portion of one paragraph of Minister Kenney’s letter below:

“These men are not merely “accused” or “alleged” human rights violators; the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) does not make allegations or accusations – it makes formal findings of fact and its decisions may be appealed to the federal courts.  Every one of these men was found to be inadmissible to Canada under section 35 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.  This means that the IRB found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe” that each of these men committed “an offence referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act,” i.e., they were complicit in genocide, crimes against humanity or a war crime.  These findings were based on evidence – including, in many cases, voluntary admissions – after formal proceedings during which these men had the right to be represented by counsel.”

It behoves those at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to read this excerpt. Perhaps after doing so they will re-think their decision to withhold their co-operation with ministers Toews and Kenney’s program to seek out and deport those who our Immigration and Refugee Board found were “complicit in genocide, crimes against humanity or a war crime.” Findings, Minister Kenney assures us, “were based on evidence—including, in many cases, voluntary admissions—after formal proceedings during which these men had the right to be represented by counsel.

Both the CBC and Amnesty International need be less concerned with their own sense of self-importance and place a greater emphasis on getting their facts straight.

Bravo, Minister Kenney.



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  1. I'm not really sure where Amnesty's thinking they're going on this, but if these men committed crimes under the War Crimes Act, the proper place for that to be heard is in court, not in front of the IRB. Followed by an appropriate prison term, under that Act.

    Which they won't necessarily be getting if we just deport them...

  2. They all benefited from the full process in applying to be admitted to Canada and they were all rejected and deportation orders were issued against them. There is absolutely no acceptable reason for any of them to remain in Canada. It is not our duty to prosecute them for crimes they committed elsewhere.

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