View Full Version : Not That This is Shocking ...

05-01-2012, 04:29 PM
...but, Canada fell short again

Canadians have long believed that everyone has a role to play in upholding fundamental human rights and they have played key roles in writing the United Nations declaration, peace keeping and establishing the International Court of Justice.

Twelve years ago, Canada passed extraterritorial laws that allow prosecution of Canadians who in other countries are believed to have committed war crimes.

These commitments come at a price.

This week's conviction of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor in the UN-sponsored court cost $250 million, and that decision is likely to be appealed.

The conviction in Canada of Rwandan-Canadian Desire Munyaneza in 2009 of seven counts including genocide cost $4 million, plus the cost associated with him serving a sentence of life in prison.

And this week, jury selection for Canada's second war-crimes case against another Rwandan-Canadian, Jacques Mungwarere, began Monday.

For the past decade, the Canadian War Crimes Program's annual budget has been $15.6 million. It's now been reduced to $8.4 million.

Juxtaposed against these stories with their horrific details of hacked limbs, rapes, child soldiers, sex slaves and other unimaginable brutality is the daily recounting of horrors occur-ring in Syria.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Canada+falls+short+commitments/6545095/story.html#ixzz1tfDKqKYI

I know, I know....Canadians saying one thing, and doing another....admonishing another country for the very thing they eventually do...

The shock of it all.

The shock.