international human rights day 2009

Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. It's a perfect day for...

... Peter MacKay to resign for his failure to prevent Afghan prisoners from being transferred to inhumane conditions where they would be tortured, despite knowing full well what was happening,

... supporting Michael Ignatieff's private member's bill calling for gender pay equity as a non-negotiable,

... standing up for the human right of conscientious objection to war, by making a donation to the War Resisters Support Campaign, and

... supporting the human right of free expression, by helping Defend Free Speech and George Galloway fight Jason Kenney in court.

I'll be celebrating International Human Rights Day at the Quaker House, with a fundraising dinner in support of war resisters.

Thanks to Andrea for sending a story on Ignatieff's bill.

Update. In comments, reader Scott M reminds me that MacKay wasn't Defence Minister at the time in question, something I forgot while under-caffeinated this morning. However, Scott also points out - and of course I agree - that MacKay has been lying to the public about his knowledge of events. Harper, MacKay, Kenney and the rest of the bullies, nothing but lying, obfuscating, smearing and shit-flinging, should get the hell out of there.


Scott M. said...

Mackay should certainly call a public inqury and step down due to his lying to the public... but to be fair he wasn't Defence Minister during the time in question, so it wasn't his failure. That'd be Gordon O'Connor.

Throw the PM in there for good measure too.

L-girl said...

Oh yes, that's true, my mistake. But indeed, it's time for everyone to step down!

redsock said...

More lies:

December 8, 2009
Gen. Walter Natynczyk, Canada's top military commander, told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that a suspected Taliban fighter abused by Afghan police in June 2006 had not been detained by Canadian troops beforehand. "We didn't take this person under custody."

December 9, 2009
Gen. Walter Natynczyk is now saying the suspected Taliban fighter had been detained by Canadian troops. "The individual who was beaten by the Afghan police was, in fact, in Canadian custody."

Andrea said...

I really hope that the pay equity bill accomplishes something.
That was quite a shock to read when I opened Yahoo yesterday.