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Mexico tops list of Canadians murdered abroad since 2016

Mexico tops list of Canadians murdered abroad since 2016
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Mexico tops the list of countries with the highest number of Canadians killed abroad since 2016, according to internal documents from International Affairs Canada (GAC).

25 Canadians have been killed in Mexico since 2016, and 2018 was the highest reported year for deaths. The United States ranks second in the ranking of countries where Canadians have been murdered abroad (22), followed by Jamaica (17), the Philippines (13), and Burkina Faso (10).

CTVNews.ca obtained the information through an Access to Information Request.

In all, Global Affairs recorded the deaths of 207 Canadians overseas in 66 countries from 2016 to November 29, 2021. This list does not include family, friends or other acquaintances who chose not to contact the GAC for consular assistance.

16 people were killed from January 1 to November 29, 2021, with the United States, the Philippines and Jamaica having the highest death rates with two people each.

This information is only available on request in Canada, unlike the United States which hosts a public database containing details about the location and cause of death.

In a statement to CTVNews.ca, the department said regarding confidentiality and protection of Canadians seeking consular assistance, Global Affairs is taking “appropriate steps to remove direct and indirect information” that could include security.

Leo Adler, a criminal attorney who specializes in Canadian and international law, says Canadian families have long struggled to access information about a loved one’s death or imprisonment abroad.

“I’ve realized that you’re landing in another country, you are in their hands, not in the hands of the Canadians. The Canadian government, even assuming best efforts, cannot do much to help you. And frankly, it’s not as if we are the United States with the military, economic and other might forces to put pressure on a country,” he said in an interview with CTVNews.ca.

Adler added that while World Affairs does provide a list of legal representatives, the administration is also somewhat restricted from being able to act.

His advice to Canadian travelers: Don’t think that a Canadian badge makes you immune to violence in other countries.

He said, “Take a deep breath before you start screaming, I’m Canadian, take a deep breath, you have to play their game if you want to get out as cheaply as possible.”

“The bottom line is when you travel, you have to realize that if you face any kind of legal issue, you are subject to the laws of that country.”

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