Wife's lonely vigil is her obsession

posted on August 04, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Lisa Lisle
Source: The Ottawa Sun Online
URL: [link]
Date: July 31, 2004


Wife's lonely vigil is her obsession

Passing through the gates at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre for one of her cherished 20-minute visits with her husband, Sophie Harkat thinks about his 36th birthday next week. But instead of making plans for a party or a simple family gathering, Sophie Harkat sees it as yet another special occasion stolen from them by the Canadian government, which has accused her husband of having ties to terrorism.

"I thought my second wedding anniversary was bad," she said of the month following Mohamed's arrest.

"It's sad to say, but you kind of get used to it."

And as time drags on, Sophie is left wondering when they'll be able to celebrate again.

Next Friday, Mohamed's birthday will be like every other twice-weekly visit -- 20 minutes and no gifts from home.

"As soon as it's finished, that's it," she said of the strict visitation rules.

But the one-time government worker's life has changed in so many other ways since her husband's arrest.

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In troubled homeland, 'it's over' for Harkat

posted on August 04, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Derek Puddicombe
Source: TheOttawa Sun Online
URL: [link]
Date: July 31, 2004

Mohamed Harkat says deportation to Algeria would be a death sentence. "If they send me back to Algeria, it's really a dangerous situation," he told the Sun. "In Algeria, it's over."

After making his way to Canada with dreams of a better life, Harkat was arrested in 2002 under a rarely used section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act -- the first step in the deportation process.

Now, the 35-year-old is afraid that he'll be forced to return to Algeria, a country that has a long history of violence. Where, over the years, thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes.

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Ottawa jail in lockdown

posted on July 20, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Nelly Elayoubi
Source: The Ottawa Sun
Date: July 18, 2004


Detention centre inmates confined to cells since Thursday in contraband search

INMATES at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre were being searched one-by-one yesterday during an internal investigation which has had the facility in lockdown since Thursday. The lockdown started at about 6 p.m. after a specific incident with one inmate, said Ministry of Public Safety and Security spokesman Bruce O'Neill.

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Report on the July 4-5 Protest Operation Awareness Security Certificates

posted on July 07, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Thank you to YayaCanada (Corinne) for attending the recent protest on Parliament Hill and reporting about it on her Web site. 'Photos too!

cage protest, operation awareness July 2004

Read her report: [link]

Amnesty Challenges Canada's Secret Trials, Plus Updates

posted on May 31, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

From: TASC Subject: Amnesty Challenges Canada's Secret Trials, Plus
Updates Date: Wed, 26 May 2004

An Update from the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada...

1. Amnesty International Critical of Canada's Secret Trials
2. Mahjoub Back in Court May 31-June 4 in Attempt to Get Bail After 4 years in Jail Without Charge
3. Election Called in the Land of Secret Trials
4. Charkaoui Family and Friends Mark One Year of Illegal Detention


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Alexa McDonough Letter to Anne McLellan

posted on May 24, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Date: May 21, 2004

Hon. Anne McLellan,
Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Public Safety
and Emergency Preparedness
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Building, 13th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0P8

Dear Minister McLellan,

Your government has consistently refused to seriously address the concerns of Canadians over your use of "security certificates" that deny individuals the right to a fair and transparent trial.

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the "security certificate process may very well result in arbitrary detention and thus violate the fundamental right to liberty," putting Canada on the wrong side of articles 9 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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Lawyer Bruce Engel no longer representing Harkat

posted on May 17, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

More news:

Bruce Engel and Sophie Harkat

Read more HERE.

Thank you, Bruce, for your dedication and hard work.

The struggle continues...

[CAIR-CAN MEDIA WATCH] Know Your Rights Guide

posted on April 27, 2004 | in Category | PermaLink

Source: CAIR-CAN Listserv, The Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA
Date: April 27. 2004

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CANADIAN MEDIA WATCH - 04/27/04

* 30,000 POCKET GUIDES ON HOW TO DEAL WITH CSIS CIRCULATING AMONG MUSLIMS (CANADA.COM)
* ISRAELI FILMS GO BEHIND THE NEWS (GLOBE AND MAIL)
* CANADA BARS ENTRY TO MUSLIM ARTS LEADERS (GLOBE AND MAIL)
* ARAR FAMILY SUES GOVERNMENT FOR $400M (CBC.CA)
* RCMP REVIEW PANEL SUSPENDS ARAR INVESTIGATION, DEFERS TO FEDERAL INQUIRY (CANADA.COM)
* THREE MEN SEEK STANDING AT PUBLIC INQUIRY FOR ARAR (GLOBE AND MAIL)
* CANADA SHOULD MIND ITS OWN BUSINESS (GLOBE AND MAIL)


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Muslims given handbook on dealing with CSIS

posted on April 26, 2004 | in Category CSIS | PermaLink

Original author: Rita Trichur for CP via The Toronto Star
Source: Coalition Justice pour Adil Charkaoui Listserv
URL: [link]
Date: April 26,2004


An Islamic group is distributing a pocket guide to Canadian Muslims advising them what to do if CSIS or the RCMP tries to interrogate them about terrorism.

Almost 30,000 copies of the Know Your Rights guide are already in circulation across the country and demand is growing among Muslims left shaken by sensational headlines following recent anti-terrorism raids.

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Speech by CUPW President Deborah Bourque, April 1

posted on April 11, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

A great speech, very courageous. More people should speak out like Ms. Bourque.

Read the entire speech HERE

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