PETITION TO ASK CANADA TO ALLOW UNITED STATES WAR RESISTERS TO STAY! sign now

Dear Hon. ________________





I am writing from the United States to ask you to make a provision for sanctuary for the scores of U.S. military servicemembers currently in Canada, most of who have traveled to your country in order to resist fighting in the Iraq War.





Please let them stay in Canada.





When more than 50,000 Americans refused to fight in Vietnam by immigrating to Canada, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau declared, "[They] have my complete sympathy, and indeed our political approach has been to give them access to Canada. Canada should be a refuge from militarism."





Today Canada again faces the moral choice of whether to give refuge to resisters of an unjust war. Immigrating to Canada is much harder now, so war resisters are seeking refugee status in accord with United Nations guidelines, "Soldiers who refuse to fight in wars that are widely condemned by the international community as contrary to standards of human conduct should be considered as refugees."





The Canadian Refugee Board, however, has refused to hear arguments that the war in Iraq is illegal, and it continues to reject these claims.





Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey, the first two U.S. objectors to apply, are now appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada.





Robin Long nearly became the first war resister to be deported. We are thankful that Canadian immigration officials have put his deportation on hold. However, he and other U.S. war resisters still face deportationeven before a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada.





Regardless of the decisions of the Refugee Board or the courts, the Canadian government should not become party to the persecution of war resisters. If forced back to the U.S., soldiers of conscience face years of incarceration and stigmatizing discharges. Although unlikely, even the death penalty remains as a possible penalty for desertion in wartime under the U.S. military's Uniform Code of Military Justice!





Nearly two of three Canadians are in favor of U.S. war resisters being allowed to stay according to a recent poll, and of course many wonderful Canadians have opened their homes and their hearts to our war resisters. Please continue Canada's rich tradition of being a refuge from militarism.





I ask that the Canadian government demonstrate its commitment to international lawdespite my own government's shortcomings. I seek your assurance that U.S. war resisters not be forced to leave Canada.











Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in, otherwise register an account for free then sign the petition filling the fields below.
Email and the password will be your account data, you will be able to sign other petitions after logging in.

Privacy in the search engines? You can use a nickname:

Attention, the email address you supply must be valid in order to validate the signature, otherwise it will be deleted.

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Shoutbox

Who signed this petition saw these petitions too:

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in

Comment

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Goal
0 / 50

Latest Signatures

No one has signed this petition yet

Information

Kenneth OneillBy:
Culture and SocietyIn:
Petition target:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley, and Stйphane Dion, Liberal Party.

Tags

No tags

Share

Invite friends from your address book

Embed Codes

direct link

link for html

link for forum without title

link for forum with title

Widgets