Sanctuary for war resister: Rodney Watson takes refuge in Vancouver church

Posted by admin on Oct 22nd, 2009

By Krystalline Kraus, October 22, 2009,

The battle to keep U.S. Iraq war resisters in Canada has been ongoing since January 2004 when Jeremy Hinzman first arrived in Canada and filed a refugee claim as a conscientious objector. Hinzman was the first U.S. Iraq resister to seek sanctuary in Canada as he and others face punishment under a charge of being Absent Without Official Leave (“going AWOL”) or for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for refusing to participate in the Iraq war for moral reasons.

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Algerian Mohamed Cherfi removed from church sanctuary is back in Quebec

Posted by admin on Aug 4th, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, CBC News

An Algerian man arrested while in church sanctuary in Quebec City in 2004 and deported to the U.S. is back in Canada, this time with permanent resident status. Mohamed Cherfi’s story made headlines when he was arrested. He was the first person in recent history in Canada to be pulled out of church sanctuary by police. Now, after spending more than five years in the U.S., Cherfi is back in Quebec with his wife Louise Boivin, who has been living in Montreal while visiting her husband regularly in the U.S.

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Mikhail Lennikov vs Laibar Singh

Posted by admin on Jun 16th, 2009

No sanctuary from media double standards By Gurpreet Singh | June 16, 2009.

The case of the former Russian spy, Mikhail Lennikov, who has taken sanctuary in a Vancouver church to escape deportation has generated keen interest in the Indo Canadian community too. With the memories of the Laiber Singh story still fresh in their minds, many Indo Canadians believe that the mainstream media and politicians are treating Lennikov more decently.

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Ex-KGB man should stay, Canadians say in survey

Posted by admin on Jun 6th, 2009

By Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun. June 6, 2009
Canadians believe Canada is wrong to deport Russian immigrant Mikhail Lennikov, a new national opinion poll shows. In an independent online survey by Angus Reid Strategies, 41 per cent of respondents nationally — and 55 per cent of those in British Columbia, where the case has generated widespread media attention — disagreed with the federal government’s decision to return Lennikov to Russia.

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Mikhail Lennikov: 10 common questions about deportation case

Posted by admin on Jun 5th, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009 By Terry Milewski, CBC News

Mikhail Lennikov’s self-described “very desperate act” — taking sanctuary in a church — has attracted wide public interest and more than 150 pages of commentary on Terry Milewski has been covering the story for CBC News and offers his take on some of the questions raised about the case.

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