Monday, February 2, 2009

A shameful act that happens all too often

The kidnapping of John Solecki, an official of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan is a reprehensible act. The killing of his driver even more so.

I have first hand knowledge of the good-natured work of the UNHCR from my days in the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada working on refugee issues. UNHCR was always a first-class partner and their mandate was strictly based on safeguarding the sanctity, security and future of the world's most vulnerable people, the refugees.

It is inexcusable for groups not to distinguish between enemies and those who have apolitical and humanitarian goals in a war zone. Sadly, the targetting of non-combattants seems to reoccur in virtually every major flashpoint region over and over again.

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