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US war resister is granted stay of deportation / VIDEO LINK

 
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US war resister is granted stay of deportation

Canadian judge rules against deportation of outspoken anti-Iraq war resister

Iraq War Resister Jeremy Hinzman won a stay of deportation this week as a judge refused to allow Canada to send him back to the United States to face prosecution for desertion. Hinzman is one of numerous war resisters currently in Canada. Despite the Canadian parliament passing a non binding resolution on June 3rd calling for resisters to be allowed to stay in Canada permanently as conscientious objectors, the Canada Border Services Agency continues to routinely effect deportation orders of US war resisters. Ottawa based immigration lawyer Yaver Hameed believes that "the contradiction between the non binding parliamentary motion that allows war resisters to stay in Canada versus the Canada Border Services effecting deportation orders to war resisters reveals a lack of commitment to our basic democratic values."

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Yavar Hameed is a lawyer whose practice focuses on the protection and advocacy of human rights and civil liberties in the following areas: Administrative Law, Immigration and Refugee Law and general civil litigation. Yavar is a sessional lecturer in the Department of Laws at Carleton University, a member of La Ligue des droits et libertes, l’Association des juristes de l’expression francaise de l’Ontario (AJEFO), Lawyers Against the War (LAW) and the World Social Forum (WSF) movement.

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Re: US war resister is granted stay of deportation / VIDEO LINK
Another one (July 2008): Corey Glass, an Iraq veteran who deserted the National Guard and fled to Canada, can stay in Canada while his legal case unfolds.

A federal court on Wednesday granted a U.S. war resister a stay of removal, allowing him to remain in Canada while his legal case unfolds.

Corey Glass, an Iraq veteran who deserted the National Guard and fled to Canada in 2006, had been scheduled to be deported to the United States on Thursday.

Glass, 25, can stay in Canada while the court reviews and decides on his applications for leave and judicial review — processes his lawyer said could take months.

Glass told CBC News that he had his bags packed and had moved out of his apartment, ready to be deported.

"I was shocked. I was just enjoying my last little bit of time I had in Canada," he said.

But the ruling comes on the heels of a news report that questioned whether Glass is actually a war resister.

ABC News reported recently that according to U.S. Army documents and officials, Glass was actually discharged from the California National Guard Dec. 1, 2006, four months after he arrived in Canada.

"He is not considered absent without leave. He is not considered a deserter," Maj. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman told ABC News. "He is running for no reason. He is fully welcome in the United States. I cannot believe this is a big deal in Canada."

But Glass disputed Banks' interpretation of his status.

He said that he hasn't received his DD Form 214, the official discharge form, from the U.S. military. Glass added that while he was discharged from the California National Guard, he was transferred to the individual ready reserve, a federal branch of the military, meaning he could be called up for active duty and could still face prosecution for desertion.

He said that following the news report, he spoke with a U.S. Judge Advocate General and a civilian lawyer who said he's still facing punishment.

"I'm still in the same situation I was in before," he said.

Meanwhile in Washington, a group of protesters gathered Wednesday outside the Canadian Embassy to show support for Glass and fellow war resisters who have sought refuge in Canada.

The demonstrators thanked Canadians who support their cause and called on the Canadian government to end its efforts to deport war resisters.

[link to www.cbc.ca]





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