Thursday, December 10, 2009


A recent inquiry in regards to the Canadian military's role in the torture of innocent Afghanistan civilians has also called for changes as well as for accountability on the part of the Canadian government. The report, which also stated that the torture of those civilians took place in 2006 and 2007, but were not investigated until now, detailed the torture of those civilians, who were also described as being, "farmers, truck drivers, tailor, peasants, random human being in the wrong place, at the wrong time". The report also stated that the Canadian military detained and handed over for severe torture, a lot of innocent people.
The report has stated that the civilians were also picked up during routine military operations, on the basis of reports that are "typically not of intelligence... but suspicion or unproven denunciation.” According to a senior Canadian Military Officer, Richard Colvin, who has made the report on the torture of the Afghans, before the Canadian Parliamentary Committee. The most common forms of torture were "beatings, whippings with power cables and the use of electricity," he said. Mr Colvin also said that he and his colleagues had tried to warn senior officials in Ottawa about the torture allegations, but that he was ordered by Canadian foreign ministry officials to stop putting his concerns on paper. Richard Colvin also said that Canadian officials, knew that detainees faced a high risk of torture, for a year and a half, but continued to hand over those detainees, to the Afghani National Directorate of Security to be tortured. According to the report, hundred of innocent Afghans were detained and eventually tortured, based on the actions of the Canadian military in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

A recent killing of an activist opposing Canadian mining in Mexico, was also the focus of world wide attention. Canadian companies are heavily invested in mining in many South American countries, Africa and other places around the globe. With those mining companies, also are reports of the exploitation of the indigenous populations of those countries, but the profits for those Canadian companies in those countries has also been preeminent in the investigation of those companies. Much of their actions has been overlooked in how they have also depleted both the natural resources and the populations of those countries, in regards to their actions, including such secondary factors as wars, which they have also helped to start in those countries because it has also profited them to do so.