Monday, August 17, 2009

Bring on the spotlight 

On Saturday, cabinet ministers Jason Kenny and Peter Van Loan overturned the deportation order for Burmese asylum-seeker Nay Myo Hein (shown here with his wife Haymar Zin).
And basically, they did it because of the news coverage:
The widely publicized case may have been noticed by Burmese officials, who might target him for criticizing the "totalitarian regime," Kenney said.
"Under normal circumstances I would not have intervened. We face a lot of cases like this, but this is extraordinary, quite exceptional. It's very rare," he said.
"We wouldn't want to return someone to face persecution or punishment. It is a chance we were not prepared to take."
So the more publicity cases like this receive, the better.

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