Saturday, November 12, 2005

C.T.D.H.R. Joins Canadain groups asking to pervent Aril Sharon Form entering Canada

Coalition Against Israel's War CrimesMedia Communiqué
TORONTO - The Muslim Canadian Congress has joined a Canada-wide coalition of community groups who are asking the Canadian government to prohibit Ariel Sharon from entering the country.
The Coalition Against Israel's War Crimes, on October 28, delivered a letter to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration asking him to prohibit Ariel Sharon from entering Canada pursuant to section 35 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), which renders individuals guilty of committing war crimes or crimes against humanity inadmissible for entry.
Sharon is scheduled to speak on November 14 at the United Jewish Communities 2005 General Assembly being held in Toronto and one of the invited speakers is Irwin Cotler, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
The Muslim Canadian Congress has joined 70 other organisations in endorsing the letter. These organisations include Lawyers Against the War, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Canadian Section, Canadian Arab Federation, Al-Awda - Palestine Right of Return, Canadian Peace Alliance, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, Canadian Union of Public Employees - Toronto District, and Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation.
The letter further asks that the Minister of Foreign Affairs exercise his authority under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and declare Sharon persona non grata so that any entry he might make will be denied the protection of diplomatic immunity.
Canada has obligations, under several international conventions to which it is a party, to arrest and prosecute international criminals such as Ariel Sharon. In pursuance of some of these obligations Canada has enacted the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act 2000. Hence, the letter also requests, should Sharon nevertheless enter Canada, that the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General commence proceedings under section 9(3) of the War Crimes Act to have him prosecuted for the offence of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, contrary to section 6 of the War Crimes Act.
Sharon's responsibility for the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity as a result of his role in the 1982 Sabra and Shatilla massacres has been well-documented. In addition, multiple sources have documented continuous breaches of international law that have occurred throughout Sharon's tenure and under his direction and tacit authority.
Amnesty International, B'Tselem, Human Rights Watch and United Nations organs have reported incidences in which the Israeli government committed war crimes or crimes against humanity with respect to combatants as well as civilians. The documents attached and referred to in the letter include 600 pages of reports from government and non-governmental organizations, as well as reports published in the International media.
Contact: Khaled MouammarTelephone: 905-508-0562Email: benwalid@rogers.com
The following 71 organizations have so far endorsed the letter:
Al-Awda - Palestine Right of Return - Toronto (Al-Awda)
Al-Huda Lebanese Muslim Society
Al-Wilayat Islamic Center of Hamilton
Arab Law Student's Association, Osgood Hall (ALSA)
Alternative Perspective Media / Regard Alternative Media (ARM-RAM)
Arab Students' Collective (University of Toronto)
Arab Students' Collective (York University)
Canada Palestine Association (CPA), Halifax
Canada Palestine Association (CPA), Vancouver
Canada-Palestine Support Network (Ottawa)
Canadian Arab Federation
Canadian Arab Human Rights Organisation (Montreal)
Canadian Druze Society
Canadians for Jerusalem (CFJ)
Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC)
Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF)
Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec (CPFQ)
Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA)
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Toronto District
Centre de ressources sur la non-violence, Montréal
Coalition for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel
Coalition of Arab Canadian Professionals & Community
Associations(CAPCA),Ottawa
Creative Response
CUPE's International Solidarity Committee - Ontario Division
Hamilton Council of Canadian Arabs (HCCA)
Hamilton Muslim Association
Ihya Foundation
International Women's Peace Service (IWPS)
Islamic Ahlul Bayt Assembly of Canada
Islamic Forum of Canada, Brampton
Islamic Foundation of Toronto
Islamic Society of York Region
Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation (JWCEO)
Jordan Canadian Friendship Society
La Fondation Canado-Algerienne du Quebec
Lawyers Against the War (LAW)
Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP)
Moroccan Association of Toronto
Movement for Universal Justice
Muslim Canadian Congress
Muslim Council of Montreal
Muslim Unity Group
Near East Cultural Education Foundation (NECEF)
Niagara Coalition for Peace (NC4P)
Niagara Palestinian Association (NPA)
November 16 Coalition (N16C)
Palestine Community Centre, Vancouver
Palestine House
Palestine Solidarity Group, Vancouver
Palestinian & Jewish Unity / Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU) - Montréal
Pickering Islamic Centre
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)
Solidarity for Palestinian Rights (SFPR), University of Waterloo
SPHR Carleton University
SPHR McMaster University
SPHR University of Western University
SPHR York University
Socialist Action
StopWar.ca Coalition, Vancouver
Students for Peace in Iraq (University of Toronto)
Sumoud Political Prisoners Solidarity Group (Sumoud)
Syrian Arab Association of Canada
Syrian Canadian Cultural Association
Teach-In on Diversity, Democracy and Dissent within the Jewish Community
The Muslim Services, Toronto
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War (TCSW)
Toronto Forum on Cuba
United Front Canada
Voice of Palestine, Vancouver
Women for Palestine
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Canadian Section

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