Many rights groups withdraw from the Pickton inquiry
October 7, 2011 12:47 PM Subscribe
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has been set up in BC in response to the poor response by the police to missing women from the Robert Pickton case
. (Previously 1
.) Many smaller groups, such a drop-in centre for sex workers in East Vancouver and First Nations groups have withdrawn amidst allegations that the inquiry is fundamentally biased
towards protecting the police, and larger groups such as Amnesty International and the BC Civil Liberties Association have also withdrawn in support.
CBC's The Current did a segment
on this, featuring BC's attorney general, someone from the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and the sister of a missing woman whose DNA was found in Pickton's farm, although he was not prosecuted for her murder.)
Thirteen groups who were granted standing at the inquiry have been denied funding to participate.
Funding for lawyers has been given only to the victims' families, despite the commissioner suggesting funding 13 groups.
The government claims it does not have enough money to fund more lawyers.
Fourteen lawyers have been given unlimited funding to protect the interests of the government and the police, and two lawyers for the families of the missing women.