Canada Expels Female Iraq War Resister
Kimberly Rivera, her husband and three children had their asylum request turned down by Canada and have been ordered to leave Canada by January 31, 2009 unless the Canadian court's decision is reversed. She faces up to 5 years imprisonment in the USA as a US Army 'deserter'.
There has only been one US War on Iraq 'deserter' deported by Canada to date and he was given a 15 month jail sentence. There are 50 Iraq War 'AWOL' soldiers who have like Kimberly officially declared their refusal to participate in the war on humanitarian grounds. BBC claims there are another 150 US soldiers resisting the US War on Iraq who have fled to Canada and reside there incognito.
The Rivera family arrived in Canada over the Rainbow Bridge in February 2007. They currently reside in Toronto.
Kimberley's moment of realization that she could not support the US War on Iraq on humanitarian grounds, found her courage to resist and became determined to seek asylum in Canada and speak out against the Iraq War dawned on her just before she returned on a two-week leave to her home in Colorado January 2007.
"She [Kimberly Rivera] watched as an Iraqi father came to the base with a little girl about 2 years old to put in a claim for loss due to Army negligence. The little girl was shaking very hard. "You could see tears of trauma running down her face. No weeping, no whining, just tears. I was seeing my little girl. I wanted to hold her so bad, but I was afraid of scaring her more and I didn't want to do that."" [Source: CourageToResist.org]
Audio interview with Kimberly Rivera.
In June 2008 the Canadian parliament passed a nonbinding motion supporting US war resisters. Nonetheless, Stephen Harper's minority government continues to deport them. [Source: Strait Times]
To act up and ensure that Canada's majority position on Iraq War resistance is upheld, help stop the deportations of US war resisters Kim Rivera (and Cliff Cornell) by sending an email NOW to:
Dear Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism email@example.com .