Canada launched a
Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations on Monday.
The declaration aims to raise awareness and stop the practice of arbitrary detention. Arbitrary detention is when someone is arrested or detained but there is no likelihood or evidence that they committed a crime -- or there hasn’t been a proper due process of law.
The brother of a Michigan man
convicted of espionage in Russia released a statement saying that the declaration was “welcome news.” READ: Michigan family hopeful Biden can help free Paul Whelan from Russian prison
The joint Declaration Against Arbitrary Detentions was welcome news on Monday. Canada launched the declaration with an aim ‘to raise awareness and stop the practice of arbitrary detention,’ among others. All four countries of which Paul’s a citizen - the US, UK, Ireland, and Canada - have endorsed the agreement. Not surprisingly, the nations that engage in this sort of hostage diplomacy, like the Russian Federation, have not endorsed it.
It is a low bar to oppose arbitrary arrest, detention, and sentencing. This opposition shouldn’t need to be put in writing but we are grateful for Canada’s leadership on the declaration. By highlighting those who oppose arbitrary detention, it places in shadow those nations that are willing to engage in taking hostages as a diplomatic tool.
Paul Whelan was arrested in Russia
when he went to attend a wedding in December 2018. Russian security agents claimed he had possession of Zip drive with Russian agent information on it.
Whelan remains in custody in Mordovia, roughly 250 miles southeast of Moscow.
READ: Michigan family expects Paul Whelan to remain behind bars in Russia for at least another year
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