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Confronting reality


 

Payam Akhavan reviews the legal and international standards.

The allegations in question are not “large-scale” war crimes that would fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court as some have argued. However, they may constitute offences under the War Crimes Act and raise far-reaching questions about whether we are adequately protecting our soldiers against potential liability.

Whether one believes Colvin’s testimony or not, this issue is far too important to be politicized by either the government or the opposition. It belongs to an impartial inquiry that demonstrates Canada’s commitment to the rule of law.


 

Confronting reality

  1. Does a "judicial inquiry" mean a trial? It seems we already have a procedure in place for investigating and prosecuting indictable offences…

    • no. a judicial inquiry is distinct from a trial, it is another for of investigation that has quite advanced powers of inquiry.

  2. It could be argued the Conservative stonewall approach on all detainee questions is endangering our troops more than helping them.

    How do Canadian troops win over the hearts and minds of an Afghan population when the Government back home shrugs in indifference at previous torture allegations? All it takes is one innocent from one village that is wrongly handled by Canadians to turn a segment of the population against us. Detainee questions must be taken seriously for this reason and the persons in government punished and/or removed.

    It is Peter MacKay who is playing into the hands of the Taliban by not taking the detainee issue seriously and choosing to hide behind our men and women in uniform instead.

  3. ''.However, they may constitute offences under the War Crimes Act and raise far-reaching questions about whether we are adequately protecting our soldiers against potential liability.''

    Wow, Martin, Manley and Graham sure have some 'slainin to do about that 2005 handover agreement with the Afghan National Police, he.

    • Then so do MacKay, O'Connor, Harper, and every policy wonk at National Defense, for not reading through the policy agreement and realizing what implications it might have…and still yet taking over a year to fix it.

      There's enough blame to go around here. Pointing at the other kid in the schoolyard and shouting "he started it!" is not a defense in grown-up-land.

    • Anyone else getting tired of Wilson trolling these blogs…her tune never changes no matter how many times her often false info is challenged.

  4. The number of Afghans detained by the Canadian forces was not high under the Liberal government but increased
    manyfold during the current government' s direction
    as the military took riskier search-and-kill operations into Taliban-held territory. .
    The 'splaining is Harper's and Hillier's, wilson .

    • i wonder if this is true? Do you have any links,or does anyone else know this is a fact or not?