Canada can’t be prosecuted for residential school crimes, says former UN-tribunal lawyer – APTN News

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Canada can’t be prosecuted for residential school crimes, says former UN-tribunal lawyer – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 202119 Views

Jun 18, 2021

While a Canadian lawyer understands the need for someone to be held accountable for the 215 children believed to be buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C., he doesn’t believe it’s possible.

Dale Lysack, who helped prosecute Khmer Rouge leaders for Cambodian genocide, says Canada cannot be prosecuted under the international Genocide Convention.

“It is entirely valid to consider the forced transfer of children to residential schools as a potential act of genocide, but for a multitude of reasons criminal prosecutions are not viable,” says Lysack, a lawyer with MLT Aikins LLP, from Vancouver.

For one, the International Criminal Court only has jurisdiction for crimes committed on or after July 1, 2002, he notes.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/canada-cant-be-prosecuted-for-residential-school-crimes-says-former-un-tribunal-lawyer/

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