War Resisters Support Campaign - Vancouver
While serving in Iraq Rodney Watson saw the truth of the war and decided he
would not return. Rather than go to prison in the US while the
criminals who started the war remained free, he came to Vancouver in
2006. With the assistance of the War resisters Support Campaign, Rodney
appealed for refugee status on the grounds that he faced persecution in
America for his refusal to take part in an illegal occupation that
involved war crimes against the people of Iraq.
The minority Conservative government ordered Rodney to leave Canada on
September 11, 2009. Rodney appealed to the First United Church for
sanctuary, and given the injustice of the Canadian government's
decision to send him to prison in America, the church accepted his
request. He has lived inside the church building ever since then.