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View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and welcome, Mr. Kirby. I'm very pleased to have you here.
I've been on this committee for 10 years now, and often we've discussed the situation in North Korea. I had the good fortune to visit the DMZ, as I was telling you earlier. It was shocking that the military from the north were so fragile and undernourished. They feed their armies first, so the people had to really be suffering.
I've had conversations with people, and I'm not sure whether we had the actual testimony here, but the belief is that there might be a regime collapse within five years, that there are internal disputes and problems happening that are not really seen that clearly outside. First, I'd ask if you'd consider that question.
Also, when Kim Jong-un first came in, as you say he was seen as almost a playboy to some extent, and very superficial.
Do you believe he's actually in charge of the country? I certainly question that.
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
Do I have some time, Mr. Chair?
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
I've had occasion to meet a couple of people who escaped, and they do tell some pretty horrific stories. One of the things that struck me when you started your remarks was the fact that when you presented your report there were a number of countries that flat out opposed it.
Could you expand on that a bit? Did they disbelieve the testimony? Did they think it was a flawed report—the methodology—or did they give any rationale at all?
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NDP (ON)
I want to welcome our guests here today, because this is a very significant and important topic.
One point I'd like to make to the chair is that we have the option of a report, but we also have the option of a statement. The request we had concerning the list of people who are imprisoned and at risk could possibly be addressed separately, not as part of a report. We could be actionable a little bit sooner, if that's what people would like to do. It's just a thought.
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
I think there's a certain level of importance to responding to that as immediately as we can. Sorry to interrupt the actual questioning.
There's a wealth of things to talk about, but one of the things I noticed, and a couple of us did, was that when he showed the pictures of the injured individuals, wasn't one of them a pastor who spoke to this committee once before, Pastor Hung?
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
Oh, it wasn't? Good. Well, that provides a certain sense of relief, because we were wondering.
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
The other thing is that several of the comments centred around labour rights. I was a labour leader for 28 years, and I'm pleased to say that within Canada we have the right to express concern. I do think that's a very reasonable vehicle. It was used in South Africa to a great extent too.
Also, you talked about using the TPP and the trade agreements to achieve it. We have agreements with Honduras and Colombia to which there are side agreements concerning human rights and labour laws. Would you not agree that it's crucially important that they be codified in the actual agreement?
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
To our guest by video conference, did you have access to your own counsel when you were imprisoned?
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
I believe that's my time.
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
First of all, Ángel, I want to say to you that the grace and courage I am seeing here today are very impressive. I'm not going to ask you a direct question but to comment on what you've been through with the loss of your family members and your son. I had a son with cancer. I know what that does to you, and to be detained during a time where you were trying to help and you were unable to and to come out of that prepared to come before us here today, I think is exceptional. There's huge importance in what you're doing here, because tens of thousands of Canadians travel to Mexico every year and need to know and understand clearly what's happening. Your testimony is extremely helpful in that area.
But I want to turn to Luis at this point. I'd like to know what you believe was the outcome of the UN rapporteur's visit to Mexico. Were there benefits seen in that?
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NDP (ON)
We're under the impression here a lot of times in Canada that the disappearances are one part of the drug war against another cartel, back and forth. But from your testimony I suspect that you believe that the paramilitaries and the police are behind some of this.
Would that be accurate?
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NDP (ON)
This is the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. This is meeting 73. We have some presenters here with us today who have been invited to speak on the human rights situation in Vietnam.
Just before that, there are a couple of quick things. There are to be no cameras during the session, please, no picture-taking.
As well, to the presenters, if you can keep your presentations under 10 minutes, it gives a little more time for the members to ask you questions. We have Vietnamese translation here, back and forth, so that will make it a little bit easier.
Before we go to that part of our meeting, we have a notice of motion that was delivered by Mr. Cotler. We have agreement to receive it here today.
Go ahead, Mr. Cotler.
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you very much.
We'll move to our presentations now. Have you, amongst yourselves, decided who would like to go first?
Ms. Nguyen, please proceed, then. Thank you very much.
View Wayne Marston Profile
NDP (ON)
I want to thank you for a very comprehensive testimony, but it has used up almost all our time.
We probably have enough time for two-minute questions, one from each party. That'll take us a little past our normal time of adjournment.
Mr. Sweet.
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NDP (ON)
Mr. Benskin, please.
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