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Thread #80289   Message #1464050
Posted By: beardedbruce
18-Apr-05 - 01:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: 10,000 arrested in US today
Subject: RE: BS: 10,000 arrested in US today
Ligue des droits et libertÚs Demands End to Deportation of Palestinian Refugees
In a press release issued November 6 demanding that the Canadian government stop the deportation of Palestinian refugees, Quebec's Ligue des droits et libertÚs writes: "It is hard to understand how persons having lived a large part of their lives in refugee camps in Lebanon, in conditions where they are prevented from and denied the possibility of exercising their rights, can be refused as refugees by the Immigration and Refugee Board. It is also difficult to understand how Canada can deport stateless people, who hold no citizenship to a country they can be returned to.

"It is also unacceptable that Palestinians are being deported to the U.S. where they probably face a long detention. We have seen how foreign nationals are being treated there, especially Arabs and Muslims, since September 11, 2001, which has been met with condemnation by all U.S. and international rights and civil liberties organizations.

"The deportation of Palestinian refugees demonstrates a lack of comprehension towards the Middle East problem as well as the reality of Palestinian refugee camps. It is recognized that with regard to international law, because Palestinian refugees come under the protection of the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) rather than the HCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), thousands of persons from the Occupied Territories as well as from refugee camps in the area are left in a major legal void, especially in Lebanon. These refugees live a life of persecution and because they are without protection in the Middle East, deportation orders issued against them are unacceptable.

"The Ligue des droits et libertÚs demands that the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration take action as quickly as possible to put an end to the deportation of Palestinian refugees."