Thursday, 10 September 2009

Ottawa To Appeal White South African's Asylum Claim.

Post title says it all.

According to the news report the appeal challenge by the government is a "rare" move in refugee cases. I don't know how rare it is but I can tell you one thing. If a federal riding or two can be swung by an expat white South African voting block Ottawa wouldn't be appealing the file at all. There isn't an expat Czech or Mexican voting block that can swing the vote in any federal electoral riding so it was safe to slap Czech Republic and Mexico with visa restrictions. Sri Lankan Tamils can swing the vote in as few as six electoral ridings compelling Ottawa to stall on labelling the LTTE as a terrorist organization even though the LTTE used child soldiers and pioneered the use of suicide bombs. The immigration system is more about politics than anything.

Which brings me to the white South African's asylum claim. I don't know how real his claims are and I doubt the individual who handled his case does either. This is the problem of allowing inland refugee claims. Those hearing the cases are estranged from the circumstances that bring individuals to Canada's borders to seek asylum and so can be easily lied to by people trying to capitalize on Canada's naiveté and ignorance (we call it compassion). If Canada vetted its refugees abroad we would be in a better position to weed out the liars but the problem here is that you will end up cutting out the lawyers and consultants and we can't have that now can we? Someone needs to make money from the refugee system and who's more deserving than lawyers and consultants?

I have heard commentators say crime does not discriminate in South Africa and that is true. African South Africans are more likely to be victims of crime than whites. But being white does single you out as being a "have" in a nation where the majority are "have nots" even though being white does not necessarily mean you are economically well off. Thus being white does make you a target of sorts but I wouldn't consider the attacks as being racially motivated. It's like asking a bank robber why he robs banks. It's where the money is. So, can this be considered persecution due to the colour of one's skin? And if the local police force and the South African government are incapable or unwilling (or both) of protecting Mr. Huntley and other white South Africans from targeted attacks does he (and they) have a legitimate claim?

Ironically, the negative press Mr. Huntley has received back in South Africa may actually strengthen his asylum claim since he has been labelled a fraud and an insult to South Africa. This may subject him to persecution by all South Africans, black and white, if he is forced to return.

But my gut feeling is that the decision to appeal is political. South Africa needs to save face and prove that the Rainbow Nation is working and Canada needs to convince itself that another multicultural social experiment isn’t failing.

It will be interesting to see if the appeal succeeds. But if Mr. Huntley is lying then kick him out.

3 comments:

Andrea Muhrrteyn said...

Hi...

Very Interesting analysis...

Just one point i wanted to make, in regard to your statement that:
I have heard commentators say crime does not discriminate in South Africa and that is true. African South Africans are more likely to be victims of crime than whites...

This is the current politically correct opinion, and it is also the opinion many politically correct individuals, such as the 142 academics who wrote a letter to the Canadian Charge'DAffairs had...

But when the 142 academics were asked for the evidence for thier conclusions.. as in crime studies etc.. they had none!!!

Here are some of the relevant documents, the links can be found at the Why We Are White Refugees linked page:

White Refugee Documents Legally submitted to High Court, Western Cape & Federal Court, Canada (excerpt)....

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[FF.02a] Why We Are White Refugees Petition to: Canadian Federal Court (PDF:111K); in the matter of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v Brandon Carl Huntley; [FF.02b] Murder in South Africa (PDF:159K), by Robert McCafferty; [FF.02c] The South African Police Service: An Organisation on the Brink of Collapse (PDF:198K), by SAPS Specialist Ivan Myers; [FF.02d] Dr. Gregory Stanton: The Eight Stages of Genocide; [FF.02e] Carte Blanche: A Bloody Harvest, Boer Genocide, by Susan Puren; [FF.02f] Minister of Safety & Security : Charles Nqakula: White Complainants about Crime, can Leave the Country; [FF.02g] SA Institute of Race Relations: Governments Disdainful Indifference towards Concern About Crime (PDF:36K); [FF.02h] Democratic Alliance: Auditor-General’s report reveals 79% of emergency [911/10111] calls are abandoned (PDF:36K).

[FF.03a] Letter Mailed to Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, If Canada capitulates to RSA: I herewith request Contact Information: To File Documentation substantiating Huntley’s Refugee Application, of White Persecution Claims (PDF:26K)

[FF.04a] 142 SA Academics Get It Wrong on Crime (PDF:128K); [FF.04b] Brandon Huntley: An Open Letter to Canada (PDF:121K): 142 Academics Denounce Granting of Refugee Status to White South African; [FF.04c] Statistics SA: Victims of Crime Survey (PDF:3930K), 1998; [FF.04d] Democracy SA: Public Opinion on National Priority Issues: Ch. 11: Crime (PDF:31K); [FF.04e] Institute for Security Studies: National Victim of Crime Survey (PDF:57K), SA, 2003; [FF.04f] Paralyzed by Fear: Perceptions of Crime and Violence in South Africa (PDF:89K)
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Thanks...

Anonymous said...

So i guess we should take refugees as long as they're white.

Andrea Muhrrteyn said...

Anon,

No, of course it is your country and you can take any refugees that you want.

In terms of the preference, if there should be a preference; as i stated in a recent post; on the issue of: Refugees, does it matter if they are black or white?
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It depends on whether you are concerned about their assimilation into your native Canadian culture. If you are not concerned and you don't particulary like your own culture nor want to preserve it, by assimilating like minded people who appreciate your values.. then no it does not matter.

Perhaps you are unaware of the many documented blowback consequences from ethnically different immigrants to the host country's backlash, who refuse to assimilate: There are many, here is a recent one:

[Daily Mail.co.uk] A generation of outsiders [1/28/07]

How much worse can immigration get when the younger generation is not only less assimilated than their parents, they are actively hostile and want to blow the place up? That's the situation where Britain finds itself today.The doctrine of multi-culturalism has alienated an entire generation of young Muslims and made them increasingly radical, a report has found.

In stark contrast with their parents, growing numbers sympathise with extreme teachings of Islam, with almost four in ten wanting to live under Sharia lawin Britain.

The study identifies significant support for wearing the veil in public, Islamic schools and even punishment by death for Muslims who convert to another religion.

Most alarmingly, 13 per cent of young Muslims said they "admired" organisations such as Al Qaeda which are prepared to "fight the West".
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So just depends.. if you ain't too attached to the benefits of white western culture, and its values, not that it is perfect at all; but if you can do without those values; and you are okay with canada becoming a muslim country or whatever.. then that is your choice..

Lara
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