Hinzman, wife Nga & son Liam
Jeremy Hinzman, fled to Canada with his wife and infant son
rather than serve in the US-led war in Iraq after having been
rejected as a conscientious objector and having been compelled
to serve in Afghanistan. He was the first US soldier to seek
refugee status in Canada, and now hundreds of soldiers and their
families have taken similar action.
forced to return
they would face
certain persecution from the US military – including possible
deployment to Iraq, long-term imprisonment, and punitive
discharges, including the forfeit of medical benefits and
income, and prejudicing future employment.
If forced to serve,
they would likely be involved in war crimes.
saw fundamental violations of basic human rights every day or
two… and since I never saw one soldier or officer criticized or
disciplined for carrying out such violations... I fear, and
believe, that what I saw was only the tip of the iceberg in
Joshua Key, fled to Canada in 2005 with his wife Brandi and four
On Dec 6, the
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of Canadian
Parliament adopted a motion recommending that the government
immediately implement a program to allow war resisters & their
families to stay in Canada, & called for immediate halt to
deportation proceedings in these cases.
Building on this victory, War Resisters Support Campaign and
Courage to Resist are coordinating actions on Jan 25 and Jan 26
across Canada and the United States to demand that Canada "Let
the War Resisters Stay!"
In Canada, events
are planned in Toronto, Grand Forks, London,
Nelson, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Sudbury,
Thunder Bay, Vancouver, and Victoria. In
the US, vigils, rallies, delegations to Canadian embassies and
consulates are happening today in Washington DC, New
York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis,
Seattle, and San Francisco, as well as
are other refusers living in Canada whose asylum claims would be
strengthened by a victory for the US war resisters: for example,
conscientious objectors from Turkey, where CO status is not
Write to Canadian
officials today (or use our
model letter), urging them to
immediately cease deportation proceedings against US war
resisters currently in Canada; and
ensure that US war resisters refusing to fight in Iraq have a
means to gain status in Canada.
Joshua Key and