Friday, 12 February 2010

What to expect if you are going to the Olympics in Vancouver

A Canadian coalition led by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group has released a timely Report of the Information Clearinghouse on Border Controls and Infringements to Travellers’ Rights on the human rights issues faced by travellers to and from Canada, based on two years of research and reports submitted to their ongoing monitoring project. (I’m quoted in the report with respect to what data is included in PNRs and how they are used.)

Meanwhile, despite having their press releases banned from the Olympic media center, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has legal observers at and around the Olympic venues to monitor Olypic “security” forces and measures, and their treatment of free speech, dissent, and civil liberties:

The Olympics have an unfortunate history of being associated with government activities that repress dissenting voices and “undesirable” populations. In China, dissidents and potential protesters were detained and silenced. In Atlanta and Sydney, homeless people were harassed and displaced by security teams….

The BCCLA doesn’t want Vancouver’s Olympics to be an Olympics where the homeless are displaced, free speech interfered with, and citizen rights trampled with the mistaken purpose of attempting to impress international tourists and media. We believe what will impress tourists and international media the most is demonstrating our tolerant, diverse and unique democratic society and the values that guide us, protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 12 February 2010, 06:59 ( 6:59 AM)

believe me, as a UK citizen, married to a Canadian with indefinite leave to remain, it's a lot easier to get in to Vancouver than Dover with my other half... but I wouldn't try to get to get from Canada to the USA through one of the portals into Montana - car ripped apart, children treated like criminal terrorists - never again, i'll spend my tourist bucks in the Canuck form rather than the US form in future...

Posted by: zenyogi, 12 February 2010, 14:40 ( 2:40 PM)
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