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By the eve of Pearl Harbor nearly 23000 people of Japanese descent lived in Canada principally in British Columbia Three quarters of these people were Canadian born citizens After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Army the Canadian government put the War Measures Act in effect and interned all of Canadas Nikkei Was the Canadian government justified in interning Japanese Canadians during World War II No the government was wrong in interning the Nikkei because it was a violation of their human rights and freedoms it was unlawful and based on prejudice By interning the Nikkei the Canadian Government violated the Japanese Canadians human rights All people of Japanese origin were finger printed and received number identification This was a violation of human rights because only criminals received records and were finger printed Their mail was screened which violated the Nikkeis freedom of privacy The Japanese Canadians were forced to camps away from costal regains Men had to work in road camps or other labor camps and women and children where forced to live in ghost town detention camps These actions violated the Nikkeis rights to life liberty and freedom This violation was extreme because it was not only in effect during the war but was used after the war until 1949 Not only did the government steal the Nikkeis human rights but also their possessions The Japanese Canadian farms and businesses were confiscated Everything from houses and boats to clothing was taken without consent and sold at auction In the United States all peoples of Japanese origin were interned in camps away from costal areas but they did not have their property stolen and sold without permission The government acted very unlawfully and did commit crimes against all the interned Nikkeis Further more the Japanese Canadians were helpless and couldnt defend themselves because the government did this all under the authorization of the War Measures Act The Canadian
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