Saturday, August 29, 2009

White South African granted refugee status

Barry Artiste Op/Ed

Well ain't this calling the Kettle Black, in a role reversal, certianly and eye opener on what is going on in South Africa.  One wonders what Nelson Mandela's peace train is all about and celebs like U2 who promote concerts on peace and understanding in Africa, guess that White Irish group is okay? Quite the melting pot since South Africa got it's independence from White Rule and Apartied!

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An Ottawa man has been granted refugee status after an immigration board panel ruled he would be likely be persecuted if he returned back to his native South Africa — because he is white.

A Canadian immigration and refugee board panel ruled Thursday that Brandon Huntley, 31, could stay in Canada because he presented “clear and convincing proof of the state’s inability or unwillingness to protect him.”

“I find that the claimant would stand out like a ‘sore thumb’ due to his colour in any part of the country,” tribunal panel chair William Davis said in his decision to grant Huntley refugee status.

It’s likely the first time a white South African has been granted refugee status in Canada claiming persecution from black South Africans, said Russell Kaplan, Huntley’s immigration lawyer.

“There’s a hatred of what we did to them and it’s all about the colour of your skin,” Huntley said of the violence wrought by black attackers on many white South Africans.

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