Canada ignores its international commitments in human rights, abandoning the citizens in Syria, the statement reads | Instant News


In a new report, human rights watch, which urges Ottawa to repatriate its citizens generalizes cases, some Canadians caught in Syrian camps, including Jack Latvians.

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Canada ignores its international commitments in the field of human rights, abandoning dozens of canadian citizens detained in appalling conditions in North-Eastern Syria, according to a new report by human rights watch that Ottawa calls for the repatriation of their citizens.

At least 47 Canadians, including eight men, 13 women and 26 children, are in custody in the Kurdish camps and prisons because of their alleged links with the “Islamic state” terrorist group, according to the report called “Bring me back to Canada”.The report calls for the canadian government to prioritize the repatriation of their citizens, shedding light on a longstanding dilemma for the government Trudeau: the risk of political backlash on the repatriation of Canadians that the conservatives critics see as a security threat, or leave them to languish in Syria.

The report States that the government has violated its international obligations in the field of human rights, not help Canadians who face “risk to life, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment” in Syria and could be “illegal confinement or restriction of effective consular assistance” from the public.

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“Those Canadians who are very vulnerable, very marginal, very risk being left behind and clear again and again that the government turns a blind eye to their plight, chose to wash its hands of responsibility for these Canadians, than to take any concrete action to return them home,” said Farida DEIF, Canada Director of human rights watch.

Global Affairs said that the government is in contact with the Kurdish authorities about the Canadians in North-Eastern Syria and particularly concerned about the children, but notes that it is difficult to help, because Canada has no diplomatic presence in the country.

“Given the security situation on the ground and the current COVID-19 context, the government of Canada the ability to provide any consular assistance in Syria is extremely limited,” said Lynn brunette, a global Affairs spokesman, by email.

Despite the challenges to the security of Canada, the report notes that at least 20 countries, including the US, France and Germany, returned to his homeland of its citizens.

Leah West, a lecturer at the School of international relations, Norman Paterson at Carleton University, said Canada’s obligations under international agreements on human rights are not always clear. For example, she said that although Canada has signed the international Covenant on civil and political rights, there are jurisdictional problems with its application for Canadians trapped in North-East Syria because the Kurdish administration is not a party to the Covenant.

However, Ms. West said she believes “the lack of an Ottawa real effort” to repatriate canadian children violates the Convention on the rights of the child which says that all decisions should be made taking into account the best interests of children.

Conservative public safety critic Pierre Paul-HUS said that his party is open to the return of canadian children under the age of 12 years from Syria, but the government should not help adults who arrived in the country and “decided to be an enemy of Canada.” He said that the low level of conviction in Canada for the return of foreign fighters is also a concern, since returnees may pose risks to the security of Canadians, if they are still radicalized. One of the reasons for the low level of conviction is the difficulty of gathering evidence from a zone of hostilities.

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Last year, the Kurdish-Led Syrian democratic forces surrounded and arrested thousands of people who lived in the Islamic state from more than 60 countries, including Canada, as his men in the city Baghouz crumbled. The foreigners were detained in two main camps, al hol and rye, as well as prisons in the North-East of Syria.

WHERE MOST FOREIGNERS, INCLUDING CANADIANS HELD IN SYRIA

At least 47 Canadians – eight men, 13 women and 26 children from 17 families are held in prisons and camps in the North-East of Syria

Zones of control

As of June 24,

The camps where women and

children are

Prisons, where men and

boys keep

Qamishli

Home Chirkin prison

Al-Hasakah

Home Ghweran and al-Shaddadi prison

MURAT YÜKSELIR / THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: LIVEUAMAP; TILEZEN; OPENSTREETMAP CONTRIBUTORS; HIU

WHERE MOST FOREIGNERS, INCLUDING CANADIANS HELD IN SYRIA

At least 47 Canadians – eight men, 13 women and 26 children from 17 families are held in prisons and camps in the North-East of Syria

Zones of control

As of June 24,

The camps where women and

children are

Prisons, where men and

boys keep

Al-Hasakah

Home Ghweran and al-Shaddadi prison

Qamishli

Home Chirkin prison

MURAT YÜKSELIR / THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: LIVEUAMAP; TILEZEN; OPENSTREETMAP CONTRIBUTORS; HIU

WHERE MOST FOREIGNERS, INCLUDING CANADIANS HELD IN SYRIA

At least 47 Canadians – eight men, 13 women and 26 children from 17 families are held in prisons and camps in the North-East of Syria

The camps where women and children are

Prisons, where men and boys being

Qamishli

Home Chirkin prison

Al-Hasakah

Home Ghweran and al-Shaddadi prison

Zones of control

As of June 24,

MURAT YÜKSELIR / THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: LIVEUAMAP; TILEZEN; OPENSTREETMAP CONTRIBUTORS; HIU

Letta Tayler, the lead author of the report, human rights watch, said that Canadians are faced with “life threatening and inhumane” conditions in camps.

The detained men and boys living in makeshift prisons, where food is scarce and overcrowding is forcing many to sleep shoulder to shoulder. Women and girls living in closed camps, where the tent in a strong wind to collapse or flow of sewage. Wild dogs hiding in the grounds and drinking water is often contaminated.

At least 517 people, including 371 children, died in al-hol in the past year, many from preventable diseases, according to the Kurdish red Crescent. No Canadians are known to be among the dead.

The report provides information about cases, some Canadians caught in Syrian camps, including Jack Letts, who was a British citizen of Canada until last year, when Britain stripped of its status over its alleged support for Islamic state.

Parents, Mr. Letts, John Letts and Sally lane, insist that their son is innocent and that he went to the middle East from the UK in 2014 to study Arabic before ending up in Syria. They were sentenced by a British court in the financing of terrorism to send their son money to help him escape. Without the possibility of help from Britain now, the family urges Canada to help you Jack from Syria.

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“Every second of every day, we should present the misery he is experiencing, knowing that his government refuses to lift a finger to help him,” Ms. lane told the globe and mail.

The government has not offered any comment on the case of Mr. Letts is.

The report also describes the case of Amir, the five-year-old orphan who was found wandering alone on the road near Baghouz after her parents, brothers and sisters were killed last year in an airstrike.

When NGOs circulated a photo of Amira and her uncle in Canada recognized the girl as his niece. Uncle, who goes by the pseudonym “Kareem” in the report, told human rights watch that he immediately contacted global politics and begged them to bring Amir home, offering to take her.

After struggling to navigate the bureaucratic processes in global politics and the immigration Department, he took matters into his own hands and went in February in North-Eastern Syria in an attempt to save Amir.

“If I didn’t know her, I would have thought that she was two years old. Her hair is very thin”, he said in the report, in terms of the one hour meeting he held with Amira in North-Eastern Syria. “She looked like she weighed thirty-five pounds.”

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The report States that uncle was forced to leave Amir in Syria, because there is no canadian officer to sign the documents for the repatriation of Kurds, necessary for her to leave.

Press Secretary of the Minister of foreign Affairs françois-Philippe champagne’s office said that the government is in contact with the family of Amira, confirmed that she was canadian and “evaluation of options” to help bring her home.

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