Make torture a crime, N.S. petition says

January 23, 2009 § Leave a comment


Make torture a crime, N.S. petition says  by Mary Ellen Macintyre – Truro Bureau 1/22/09 Truro — Jean Sarson and Linda MacDonald wouldn’t know how to mince words, even if they wanted to. After years of heartbreaking research into ritual abuse and torture under their belts, they’re even less in the mood for mincing. Bill Casey welcomed them into his constituency office in Truro on Wednesday morning. The MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley settled into his chair and smiled….There are close to 800 names on the petition, which calls on Parliament to amend the Criminal Code to make torture a crime. “In the Criminal Code now only officials like police, members of the military or others can be charged with committing torture, Ms. MacDonald said. “We believe if you torture someone, whether you’re an official or not, that you should be charged with committing torture….”But they would have never been charged with torture because it’s not a charge unless you’re a police officer or a member of the military or another official, Ms. MacDonald said…..”You have to name it for what it is and recognize the issue and only then will there be social validation for the victim and then there will be help for them, said Ms. MacDonald. “And we’ll get more but these signatures are from all across Canada, said Ms. Sarson. Mr. Casey will bring the petition to Ottawa on Monday and said he will have it tabled in the House of Commons. “This is the first step toward change. You’ve made the first step and we’ll see how it progresses, he said.

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