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Monday, April 11, 2016

Part II, Louise Arbour's Millions [of migrants] [of undocumented aliens] [of asylum seekers] [of stateless persons] [of internally displaced persons]

Just a bit more on the April 1, 2016 "Munk Debate." 

You may remember that the resolution debated was: 
Be it resolved, give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . .” 
It was on the global refugee crisis, particularly the crisis in Europe. The participants were, in support of the motion, Louise Arbour & Simon Schama, and against the motion, Nigel Farage & Mark Steyn. The full debate was live streamed and then posted on Youtube, but it has since been taken down. If you register with the Munk Debates on its website, and it is for free, you can see the full debate. The full debate is available here

Again, I want to focus on Louise Arbour. Who is Louise Arbour?: 

"The Honourable Louise Arbour’s career of public service includes sitting on the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, acting as the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She was CEO of the renowned International Crisis Group from 2009 to 2014. Arbour is a Companion of the Order of Canada and recipient of twenty-seven honorary degrees.

Arbour is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She chaired an inquiry commission that investigated certain events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, and has also served as a member of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security.

Arbour has been a Companion of the Order of Canada since 2007 and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec since 2009, as well as a Commander of the Légion d'honneur, and has been decorated by both Spain, Colombia and Belgium. She is currently a jurist in residence at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP."


Louise Arbour had one response to Farage and Steyn that, I think, was missed by the audience and by F & S. Arbour said: 

We have drifted now into the movement of people in fact which are for the most part are unregulated by international law, international treaty. What we are talking about now, the so-called huge crisis that Europe is facing, is very well defined by the Refugee Convention. We have not made a dent in talking about the million of stateless people in the world who don't have a passport.... 

We have not made a dent into dealing with statelessness. 

We have not made a dent in talking about what are called IDPs--internally displaced persons--of which there are millions in Syria itself and Sudan. These people are stuck in their own country against a predatory government. We have no framework to deal with them and to help them.... 

So we are talking about a very small numbers, when we say millions, its millions knocking on the door of a billion people if we put Europe, North America, all the world's capacity of the wealthy nations together .... 

[at 1:12:20ff] [same] (emphasis added).

You see integrating the millions which have come in the last several years is not enough for Louise Arbour. There are millions more. 

How many millions? 


Seth Barrett Tillman, 'Part II, Louise Arbour's Millions [of migrants] [of undocumented aliens] [of asylum seekers] [of stateless persons] [of internally displaced persons],' New Reform Club (Apr. 11, 2016, 7:38 AM), <>; 

PS: My co-bloggers do good work. So, please have a look around New Reform Club.

PPS: Here are links to Mark Steyn's posts on the Munk Debate. [here] [here] [here] [here]

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My prior post is [here]: Seth Barrett Tillman, 'Louise Arbour Welcomes You To Administrative Unit 34B,' New Reform Club (Apr. 10, 2016, 3:38 PM), <>.

Commentary on this post [here]: Terrence Berres, Yearning to breathe free, The Provincial Emails (Apr. 8, 2016, 3:49 PM) 

1 comment:

Tim Kowal said...

The politician is … trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him. Edward R. Murrow