FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2015
International Tribunal will investigate “the Disappeared of Canada”, past and present, and lay criminal charges – Canada’s government, courts “too complicit” to conduct such an inquiry
London, New York, Ottawa:
A special inquiry into the disappearance of generations of indigenous people in Canada will commence on January 1, 2016, under the auspices of an international Tribunal of jurists and human rights groups.
The International Tribunal for the Disappeared of Canada (ITDC) will be established under the law of nations as an investigative legal body with the power to subpoena and prosecute. Its creation is necessitated, according to its mandate, “because of the inability of the Canadian government or its courts to neutrally and effectively investigate crimes in which they are complicit”.
The new Tribunal will be allied and work with families of the disappeared and grassroots community groups across Canada to ensure that “the entire truth is revealed concerning why aboriginal people have been targeted for extermination for generations, and to criminally charge the forces responsible in competent courts of justice.”
The ITDC was established in response to the Canadian government’s recent announcement of its own “Missing Women’s Inquiry”, and in the wake of Canada’s efforts to officially conceal its historic genocide of Indians through a stage-managed “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” (TRC).
“Experience has shown that when faced with human rights crimes within their own borders, Canadian governments of every political persuasion rely on very restricted and controlled in-house ‘inquiries’ designed to conceal more than they reveal” commented a spokesman for the Tribunal today in London.
“We have no confidence that the presence of a few token aboriginal figureheads to head this latest state-managed ‘Inquiry’ into missing women will yield anything more than did the previous cover-up known as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which charged no organization or individual with a crime despite their admitted responsibility for the death of thousands of children.”
Commencing in January, the ITDC will be opening three Canadian field offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto, and will issue regular progress reports to the media and public in the course of its investigations. The Tribunal will build upon the work of previous independent inquiries into genocide and missing people across Canada, and anticipates the release of its own official “counter report” to the Canadian government’s TRC and its upcoming “Missing Women’s Inquiry”.
For more information contact the ITDC c/o email@example.com .
Released to the world media 15 December, 2015 at 15:00 GMT
Searching for the Disappeared: Mohawk mass grave, Brantford, October 2011