vendredi 30 décembre 2011

A white South African political refugee in Canada.

 
In August 2009, Brandon Huntley (31) located in Ottawa since 2006 has acquired the status of political refugee in Canada. The South African says he was victim of several racist attacks between 1991 and 2003, and it is because of the color of his skin.
         Huntley who grew up in Mowbray, a town near Cape Town was attacked seven times: burglary, assault, three knife attacks. He then told the Commission for Refugees that he had been treated "White Dog" and "colon", in reference to the colonial history of South Africa.
         The Commission also considered the testimony of Laura Kaplan, sister of Huntley's lawyer who also left his native South Africa. She testified she was threatened by armed black South Africans who broke with his brother Robert who was tortured and then 8 hours at a time was left for dead after being shot three times.
         The Canadian Committee responsible for reviewing applications found that Brandon Huntley had provided sufficient evidence to support his claims.
         His lawyer, Russell Kaplan told that "it is probably the first time that a white South African gets refugee status due to persecution on the part of black South Africans." He believes that the decision of the Office of Immigration was motivated by the desire to protect the human rights of his client and the inability of the South African government to protect its citizens.
         The South African newspaper "The Star" published an interview with Brandon Huntley, in which he argues that his complaints to the police were not pursued.
         But the newspaper said, no complaints from this man was found in the records of the police.
         The Star concludes that he abused the Canadian authorities.
Brandon Huntley's claims have shocked many people in a country where crime is fifty people a day, regardless of race.
But "Afriforum", an organization that defends the rights of the white minority believes that this incident illustrates the feeling of being "second class citizens" experienced by many South Africans of European origin.
         The African National Congress (ANC) party in power since the end of apartheid in 1994, said: "The fact that Canada has recognized that Africans (blacks) were persecuting Brandon Huntley is a racist decision" the BBC reported.
         The South African government, for its part, said he would seek to overturn the granting of asylum to one of its white citizens because of racist persecution.
         A spokesman for the South African Department of Home Affairs, Ronnie Mamoepa, said his government was "disgusted" by the Canadian decision.

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