About 50 people occupy the Citizenship and Immigration buildings in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, seeking justice for refugee Hossein Blujani and demanding a public investigation in to the cause of his death.
The body of the 31-year-old Kurdish-Iranian refugee was found on December 1, 2012 on the railway tracks near Commercial Drive and Broadway in an apparent suicide. Blujani survived over 12 years of imprisonment, torture and forced labour in Iran and Iraq. When Blujani sought refuge in Canada he was faced with immediate detention and CBSA began to pursue unfounded allegations of him being a “security threat” and a member of a “terrorist” organization – an organization he was recruited into as a 15-year old and one which Canada itself has delisted. Blujani had appealed this decision and a Federal Court hearing was set for February 12th, 2013. However on February 8th, the Court dismissed the appeal due to his death.
No More Deaths, No More Deportations.