Human Rights are
Before the Rule of Law

Nipawin - February 16, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis

more nervous

While in China, our Prime Minister Jean Chrétien expressed his understanding of a democratic
society by saying that China must establish the Rule of Law, and that it is imperative that a
judicial legal system be implemented to encourage international investment. There is nothing
more nervous than $1-million... A million dollars doesn't speak Chinese, doesn't speak French,
doesn't speak English, and it moves very quickly(1).




It is appalling to realize that Jean Chrétien, a man with multiple honorary Phd degrees in law,
equates a judicial system not for the purpose to provide justice, but for the purpose to attract a
million dollar. I ask myself how we can ever work for a better society when our own Prime
Minister implies that "a million dollar is more important than justice."



own that

We remind Mr. Chrétien that 10 million dollars didn't bring justice for the wrongful
incarceration of David Milgaard. Now, I fully understand today's role of the Rule of Law, an
artifice to protect the people who own that million dollar, a million dollar, with no nationality,
ready to move very quickly in every corner of the world.




How we can have justice and protection of human rights unless human rights are before the
Rule of Law? The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest expression of the Canadian Rule
of Law.




In commenting on the Supreme Court's ruling that allows the police to use lies and threats to
extract confessions, lawyer Clayton Ruby has stated: "Our values are revealed. They are
these: Lie, cheat, mislead if you must. Ignore tears and repeated protestations of innocence.
But get a confession from whomever you have in your hands. That's the message the Supreme
Court has just sent to police forces across our land. We're playing with fire(2).




This in turn reminds me of the sense of justice as expressed by former Saskatchewan
prosecutor and MLA Serge Kujawa's "It doesn't matter if Milgaard is innocent... The whole
judicial system is at issue-it's worth more than one person."



Lorenzo Romagnuolo

As I read the news today, I realize how criminal activities of the same police are protected by
the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law should protect human rights and instead they protect the
criminal activities of our police. The York police killed the father and wounded the brother of
Lorenzo Romagnuolo in December 1998, and yet, after having done this shooting execution,
the police had the courage to charge Romagnuolo for three different charges including bodily
assault and threatening the police(3). Romagnuolo was acquitted of the first two charges last
December, and fearful that Romagnuolo would be acquitted again and cause bad publicity, the
police decided to drop the last charge.




Again, today I re-read the criminal participation of Saskatoon Superintendent Brian Dueck in
the Scandal of the Century(4), and again we have another play with the Rule of Law to cover the
misdeeds of our police and governments. Where are the protection of human rights by the
Rule of Law? Our Rule of Law is above human rights, and this is wrong, and this is why we
need an inquiry in our justice system, and this is why we need to re-establish human rights
before the Rule of Law.


Chrétien turns up the heat on China, BRIAN LAGHI, February 15, 2001




The Supreme Court of Canada: Using Psychology to find the Truth by Mario deSantis, October 21, 2000




Romagnuolo son angry as charges dropped. Wanted day in court: Father shot dead, brother wounded in struggle with police, Chris Wattie, National Post, February 14, 2001




The Scandal of the Century and Brian Dueck