December 19th, 2018

Canada is right to stand up for human rights

By Letter to the Editor on August 9, 2018.

How impressive that our country is not afraid to demand the release of a blogger and stand for human rights. That nation beheads people in public daily and uses our military aid to brutally repress the people of Yemen.

We may lose some business there and irritate Trump but if we do not stand for human rights, who are we?

Larry MacKillop


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12 Responses to “Canada is right to stand up for human rights”

  1. johnny57 says:

    Yeah and mean-while back on the ranch here in Canada some “First Nations” reserves still do not have running water! Canada mind your own mess oops i mean business!

  2. meisplayfull2 says:

    When I travel I always find reminders that I must respect the laws of the land and if I break the local laws then it may be that the Canadian government cannot help me out of a bad situation. So okay when these activists/bloggers go to a country to protest a situation they must realize they are heading for trouble and potential consequences. So just wondering why the high expectation that the Canadian government can help them by demanding the release of a blogger who put oneself in this situation???

    • lonestar says:

      meisplayfull2, thank you: very well said,. And as johnny57 states, we have plenty of social problems here, some which are totally repugnant to authorities and folks looking at us from other countries.

      We could start with someone with a wife and two kids mandated by law to stand silent or hide in a corner while thugs converge on their property and steal and plunder him blind, and all he can legally do to defend himself is -“call Police”.

      We aren’t aware of many countries on this planet where the basic “human right” to defend life, and property, (before the criminal(s) with the gun/bat/knife gets the first kick in) is a problem the way it is across this land.

      • grinandbearit says:

        You are not telling the truth lodestar. What you describe is not the law in Canada, it is some bizarre fantasy of the right-wing here.

        Here is what our law really says about this. Section 40 of the Criminal Code, which deals with the defence of dwellings, “everyone who is in possession of a dwelling house is justified in using as much force as necessary, to prevent any person from forcibly breaking into or entering the dwelling house without lawful authority.” There is more latitude if the person believes that an assault may be committed.

        • lonestar says:

          …and you should know the law says we shall not exceed the speed posted or loiter and trade in illegal drugs downtown….. and you understand how well that plays out in reality too!

  3. biff says:

    saudi arabia is a backward ****hole. that we “need” to import oil from them is joke, let alone anything else short of sand. as long as the world has dividing lines called borders, they are free to behave within those borders as they choose. but that does not mean we need to trade with them, or like their ways.
    however, as for the q posed by meis: i agree that we must respect the laws of the land we are in, although i feel it is important that canada protect and stand up for canadians abroad when their human rights are violated. the un has established a lengthy set of legal writings on human rights, and countries that are signed on as un members must be held to account. should a country not be a un member, then canadians should be warned that they at their own risk. when a land violates the human rights of a foreign citizen, and refuses to release them – expelling them is fine, and not allowing them to return is fine – then said country should be punted from the un. all that said, the un is its own joke, and rather ineffective. that saudi arabia is even a un member underscores that the un is without substance or repute.

    • Tris Pargeter says:

      I know the UN has a tarnished reputation of late, but do you really see it as “without substance?”
      Isn’t ANY attempt to unite nations admirable at any time, anywhere, but especially in these uber- fractious times?
      Albeit doomed to fail at every turn, I still see the UN as the best model for how to conduct diplomacy, which is essentially “keep your enemies close.” The unravelling of all this continues apace via the virulent, black and white, willfully ignorant right wing, with complete disregard for history, precedent or consequences, and with no reasonable replacement. That same state of affairs is how and why the UN came about in the first place so isn’t it still the best we’ve got?

      • biff says:

        i am not sure that believing in a great big lie is ever a good thing. the un wields a lot of power in some ways, while it sucks a degree of wealth, energy, power, and autonomy away from nations and the masses. given all the wars that continually are afoot, and all the atrocities of crimes against humanity that are ongoing and have happened – but, which do not get prosecuted, save for the odd red herring prosecution of a “leader” from a weak, developing nation – i would say the un is woefully useless. in fact, the un appears to underscore lending a legitimacy to war crimes and crimes against humanity through its ongoing posture of “helplessness”. inasmuch, it consequently legitimises atrocities committed daily by its member states through its lack of effective responses. because it represents itself as useful and as the primary forum for justice in the world, and yet it is anything but that, and because many people believe it to be a useful body, i see the un as dangerous.

        • Tris Pargeter says:

          Well, there are bigger and worse lies that continue to enjoy massive traction…
          I come back to the UN being the best we can hope for under the circumstances. Power needs to be rethought, expanded beyond the usual militarism or prosecution and into open neutrality, an increasingly sophisticated concept that is sorely needed. Actual proximity can be transformative, and diplomacy may be full of hypocrisy, but we should respect the evolution and the accommodation behind it. We have been able to avoid WWIII for example . That’s not nothing.
          It is a unique forum and rides on noble coattails from the past, so even if it continues on as mainly a meeting place, it could be useful. Having such a designated place is vital.
          It may well be heading toward the role of artifact from another, simpler time, another casualty of the illusion of globalization, but I hope not, because we are too short of hope already. Personally, I remain cheered by “blue hats.”

  4. meisplayfull2 says:

    Perhaps and sarcastic saying but maybe Saudi Arabia is not all bad . The Calgary Herald points out that the Saudis will honour their existing contract (3 months left) and continue to ship oil to Canada. Stats Can reports 136,321 barrels a day(June) and a peak of 200,811 barrels(April) coming to Canada for the Quebec and Atlantic Canada refineries.

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