Robin Long to be court martialed Friday
the first objector
to be deported from Canada, will be tried this
for "desertion" at Fort Carson, Colorado. He faces three years
in prison. Attend the trial and/or join the vigil. —>Donate to help
Jeremy Hinzman facing deportation
Jeremy was the first
apply for refugee status in Canada after arriving in January 2004. Last
week he got an order to leave by September 23.
letter, "Canada: Let Jeremy Hinzman
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Robin Long to face
"desertion" trial Friday
Courage to Resist.
July 19, 2008
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Robin's legal defense. We are currently $1,200 short of the projected
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Last month 25-year-old U.S. Army PFC Robin Long became the first war
resister since the Vietnam War to be forcefully deported from Canadian
soil and handed over to military authorities. Robin is currently being
held in the El Paso County Jail, near Colorado Springs, Colorado,
awaiting a military court martial for resisting the unjust and illegal
war against and occupation of Iraq.
Robin will be court martialed
on Friday for desertion “with intent to remain away
permanently”—Article 85 of
the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The
maximum allowable penalty for a guilty verdict on this charge is three
years confinement, forfeiture of pay, and a dishonorable discharge from
the Army. If convicted, Robin is expected to be transferred to the Army's
stockade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
At 19, the Boise,
Idaho native joined the Army on the promise
that he would not be deployed to Iraq. However, in April 2005 Robin
was ordered to Fort Carson
in preparation for deployment to Iraq. Robin recounted, “My
superiors were telling me; ‘You're going to the desert to fight rag
heads’. It wasn't like I was going to Iraq to
liberate the people.” After his Army “battle buddy”
didn’t report for
deployment by leaving for Canada,
Robin also went AWOL and hitchhiked to Canada, eventually settling down
with help of the War Resisters Support Campaign.
Send a letter to Robin
Robin Long, CJC
2739 East Las Vegas
Colorado Springs CO
updates on Robin’s case
Hinzman family faces
War resister Jeremy Hinzman and his wife and two children have been
leave Canada by September 23rd.
In spite of Hinzman’s four and
a half years living, working and raising a family in Canada, the Harper
plans to deport him to the United States where he will likely face a court
and a potential military jail sentence and felony conviction. This flies
face of democracy and the will of Canadians: Parliament passed a motion in
of war resisters June 3rd, 82% of Canadians oppose the Iraq war (Strategic
poll), and 64% of Canadians support war resisters (Angus Reid poll).
In July, while Courage to Resist joined Veterans for Peace to stage 14
delegations at Canadian consulates across the U.S., a Canadian Federal
Court granted Corey Glass a last minute reprieve of at least several months
while his lawyers appeal earlier negative rulings. We are hoping that
another judge will do the same for Jeremy and his family.
Corey’s victory was related to a similar win for Iraq War vet
Joshua Key. According to the Federal Court in Joshua’s recent ruling,
the regular abuse of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the U.S. military are
systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions, and a basis for granting
On June 3rd, Canadian Parliament made an historic vote in favor of
anyone seeking refuge from fighting in the unjust and illegal occupation of
Iraq. While this is an amazing victory, the motion is non-binding. The
Conservative government led by Stephen Harper—a close ally of the
Bush-Cheney endless war agenda—continues to move forward with
deportations of war resisters.
Email and phone Minister Finley and Prime Minister Harper. Ask them to
fully implement the June 3rd Parliament resolution to allow Jeremy and all
war resisters to remain in Canada.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane
Phone 613.996.4974; email@example.com
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Phone 613.992.4211; firstname.lastname@example.org
War Resisters Support
Campaign (Canada) contributed to this update.
Courage to Resist rallies outside of San Francisco
Canadian Consulate in support of war
resisters seeking refuge in Canada. July 9, 2008. Photo: Jeff Paterson /
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