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Monday, December 19, 2011

Dewar wins support of experts in international affairs!

OTTAWA — NDP leadership contender and long time foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar announced Monday that he has won the support of a who’s who of experts in the field of international affairs.
We are New Democrats. We work on international issues. And we are supporting Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar for the leadership of Canada’s NDP — because Paul stands out as the candidate with the experience, the vision and the energy to take on Stephen Harper and make Canada a leader on the world stage,” said an “open letter” signed by seven well known champions of human rights.”
“He’s already done that in his role as the NDP critic for foreign affairs. Working with Jack Layton, Paul stood up for peace building. He won victories for action on HIV-AIDS, TB and malaria, recognition of rape as a weapon of war and defending the human rights of Canadians abroad. He spoke up for indigenous rights. He was front and centre in holding Harper to account on Afghanistan. From solidarity with the Arab Spring to justice and peace in the Middle East, he gave voice to our Canadian values.”
Among those who’ve thrown their support behind Dewar:
Amir Attaran, Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy at the University of Ottawa who helped bring the issue of Afghan detainee abuse to light.
Paul Champ, a prominent human rights lawyer who represented Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Montreal man detained and allegedly tortured in Sudan who only recently got his name off a UN no-fly list.
Jef Keighley, executive director of World Peace Forum 2006, retired CAW Canada National Union representative
Mokhtar Lamani, distinguished fellow, former Ambassador and Special Envoy for Peace
Monia Mazigh, author, human rights activist and wife of Maher Arar who was deported and tortured in Syria after the U.S. sent him there on suspicion of terrorist links even though he was a Canadian citizen.
Anil Naidoo, safe drinking water advocate and human rights campaigner who won the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu during his failed run for an NDP seat during the Ontario election.
Joanne St. Lewis, University of Ottawa professor and women’s rights activist

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