Immigration detention will not be Tolerated! (Report on days of action)

Posted by admin on Dec 26th, 2012

“Immigration detention cholbey na! cholbey na!”* (immigration detention will not be tolerated!)

Report on day of action Free the three, Freedom for migrants, End detentions!

The numbers are shocking: since 2004, at least 95,000 immigrants have experienced detention; the longest held – under the notorious ‘security certificate ‘ regime – for more than 12 years. The figures are set to climb as new legislation gives the immigration minister the power to mark certain migrants arriving in Canada for mandatory detention. Yet it is not cold numbers but the impact on our communities and on people we love – the humiliation, re-traumatization, feeling of powerlessness, bewilderment, fear, family separation, the lives put on hold – that motivates us to put an end to this system of injustice.

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Free the Three! Freedom for Migrants! End Detentions!

Posted by admin on Dec 2nd, 2012

Actions are being organized across Canada in solidarity with security certificate detainees Mohammad Mahjoub, Mohamed Harkat and Mahmoud Jaballah and all those locked up in immigration detention on December 9th & 10th. Join Us! December 10th marks the 10th year anniversary of Mohamed Harkat’s arrest under a security certificate. Mahjoub will be in court the following day in Toronto for a detention review, once again calling on the judge to free him from over twelve years of arbitrary, indefinite detention. It is just a few days before C-31, the law that will see many refugees automatically detained, is expected to be fully implemented. And it is International Human Rights Day.

Canada’s spy agency misses accountability mark set by Supreme Court, says report

Posted by admin on May 20th, 2011

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, May 20 2011

OTTAWA – Canada’s spy service has failed to meet strict new accountability standards set by the Supreme Court, says a watchdog report obtained by The Canadian Press. The latest annual review from the inspector general of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the spy agency hasn’t lived up to a high-court ruling that requires it to retain all operational notes, electronic intercepts and other investigative material.

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Mohamed Harkat – Stop Secret Trials in Canada

Posted by admin on Mar 15th, 2011

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Canadian Secret Trial: Man May Face Deportation and Torture

Posted by admin on Feb 2nd, 2011

Real News, Feb. 2 2011

Mohamed Harkat, a refugee in Canada, was arrested in 2002 and detained for four years without charge. He was then released under the toughest bail conditions in Canada’s history. He was under an immigration law know as a Security Certificate, meaning he could be held indefinitely without charge, and all evidence against him can be kept secret. A special detention center was built after 9/11 to house the men accused under Security Certificates, earning the nickname “Guantanamo North”. Lia Tarachansky talks to Mohamed and his wife Sophie Harkat as well as their lawyer Matthew Webber, about the recent concluding ruling in their case and what it means if he will be deported.

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Alternatives sought to deporting terror suspects

Posted by admin on Jan 27th, 2011

The Canadian Press, January 27, 2011

The federal government is quietly studying alternatives to deporting terrorism suspects under the much-maligned national security certificate as attempts to remove them get bogged down in the courts. The effort reflects candid federal admissions that it’s almost impossible to send non-citizens with alleged terror links to their home countries because they may be tortured or killed.

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Documents Reveal Government in Dilemma on Security Certificates

Posted by admin on Jan 26th, 2011

Michael Larsen, Prism Magazine, 26 January 2011

On January 21, 2011, Mohamed Harkat, his wife Sophie, his lawyer Matt Webber, a group of supporters and members of the media converged on the Ottawa offices of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), where Harkat was served with paperwork announcing the commencement of a deportation process against him. The filing of these documents comes in the wake of the Federal Court’s December 2010 decision to uphold the security certificate against Harkat and, in so doing, extend the veneer of legitimacy that covers the secret trial process. Matthew Behrens has unpacked the decision and discussed its implications in two articles for Prism (Part 1 and Part 2).

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Lawyer vows all-out fight against terror suspect’s deportation order

Posted by admin on Jan 21st, 2011

By Mohammed Adam, Postmedia News, Jan. 21, 2011

OTTAWA — Saying his client is innocent, Ottawa lawyer Matt Webber vowed Friday to fight a deportation order against Mohamed Harkat all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, if necessary.

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Fighting for Mohamed Harkat

Posted by admin on Jan 11th, 2011

By Sophie Harkat,, January 11, 2011

Eight years ago, on Dec. 10th, 2002, Mohamed Harkat was arrested and thrown in jail for alleged and unproven terrorism offenses, and faces deportation to his native Algeria. His wife Sophie describes the impact of the prosecution against him and of the recent judicial setback in his case, when Justice Simon Noel upheld the security certificate issued against him.

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Statement Against Security Certificates

Posted by admin on Dec 16th, 2010

The petition can be accessed here.

We, the undersigned, have grave concerns regarding the continued use of sections 9, 76-87 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which allow for the imprisonment in Canada of refugees and permanent residents under the authority of a “Security Certificate”.

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