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.

[ Read the rest ... ]

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)


[ Read the rest ... ]

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.

[ Read the rest ... ]

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

A Report of the April 3rd "Bail not Jail" Protest

posted on April 04, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Another passionate and moving account from Homes Not Bombs' Matthew Behrens detailing how the Canadian security state is determined to intimidate those who bravely speak out against racial injustice in Canada. at the same time, these anti-terrorist Canadian cops ignore hardcore war criminals like Northrup Grumman who quietly produce and sell to the U.S. anti-tank shells tipped with depleted uranium.

Read Matthew's report HERE:

It was originally published at http:/www.homesnotbombs.ca but has been re-printed on our Web site with permission.

OPEN LETTER FROM A.I. CANADA TO ANNE MCLELLAN ABOUT SEC. CERTIFICATES

posted on April 04, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: Alex Neve & Michel Frenette
URL: [link]
Date: March 31, 2004

OPEN LETTER FROM AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CANADA TO ANNE MCLELLAN ABOUT SECURITY CERTIFICATES

The Honourable Anne McLellan,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
340 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0P8
By fax: 990-9077

March 31, 2004

Dear Deputy Prime Minister McLellan,

We are writing this open letter to you to underscore Amnesty International's serious concerns with respect to the security certificate provisions that have been part of Canada's immigration legislation for a number of years.

Over the past several years Amnesty International has, on numerous occasions, written to the Canadian government, highlighting individual cases in which we considered that the security certificate process was resulting in violations of a number of fundamental human rights. We are aware of at least six individuals who are currently being held pursuant to security certificates. These individuals have been in detention for an extended period now, close to four years in one case.

We repeat Amnesty International's concerns below and urge that you take immediate steps to reform the security certificate process to bring it into full compliance with Canada's international human rights obligations.

[ Read the rest ... ]

Minister of Public Safety and Secret Trials Refuses to Meet with Families of Secret Trial Detainees

posted on April 01, 2004 | in Category Misc | PermaLink

Source: The Campaign To Stop Secret Trials In Canada
Date: April 1, 2004

Minister of Public Safety and Secret Trials Refuses to Meet with Families of Secret Trial Detainees

McLellan Slams the Door on Five Families Seven Months After Prime Minister's Office Refused A Similar Request to Meet

Toronto Families Will Demonstrate Saturday, April 3 at Metro West Detention Centre to Demand Bail, not Jail


PRESS RELEASE

1 April, Ottawa - Anne McLellan, Minister of Public Safety, refused today to meet families of five Muslim men who are detained without charge, on the basis of secret evidence, in Canadian prisons. The families had come from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto in the hope of meeting with her. Instead they were told that no one from the Minister's office would be available to meet with them.

[ Read the rest ... ]

Postalworkers union against security certificates

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

Original author: Debora Bourque, National President
of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
Source: Coalition Justice pour Adil Charakoui
Date: March 24, 2004


March 24, 2004

FAX: 992-4284
E-mail: [email]

Right Honourable Paul Martin Prime Minister of Canada House
of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

On behalf of the 55,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, I am writing to express our deep concern over the imprisonment of Adil Charkaoui and four other Muslim men - Mohammad Mahjoub, Mahmoud Jaballah, Hassan Almrei and Mohamed Harkat. All five men have been imprisoned for months and even years without charge, on the basis of evidence that neither they nor their lawyers are allowed to see. They face deportation to their countries of origin where, according to Amnesty International, it is probable that they will suffer further violations of their rights, such as torture - just like Maher Arar.

The security certificate procedure violates the fundamental rules of justice and constitutes an unacceptable attack on rights and freedoms, which include the right to a full defence and a fair and just trial.

CUPW is completely opposed to sacrificing rights and freedoms in the name of national security. If intelligence services have a case against these men, they should lay formal charges so that the five have access to a just and fair trial, including complete access to information being used against them, which they required to prepare a full defence.

CUPW strongly urges you to take immediate and effective action to ensure that these five men are immediately released or formally charged, security certificates are abolished and deportations to countries where torture is used are ended.

Sincerely,

Deborah Bourque, National President.


CC: Judy Sgro, Minister of Immigration
(fax 947-8319 - e-mail: Sgro.J @parl.gc.ca)

Ken Georgetti, President, CLC

National Executive Committee,
National Union Representatives and Specialists, CUPW

Anti-terror hocus-pocus

posted on March 19, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

by Stephen Humphrey
Source: Toronto NOW
URL: [link]
Date: March 11, 2004


If these Muslims are terrorists, why are they not being tried under 9/11 bill?

For those trying to follow the effects of post-9/11 security crackdowns, the trail through Toronto courts over the last number of months is sure to confuse. This week in another of the seemingly endless series of hearings, Mahmoud Jaballah, one of five Muslim immigrants held in the Metro West Detention Centre without charges under suspicion of terrorist involvement, was denied bail. In a strange turn of events, however, these security cases are being heard not under the much-criticized anti-terrorism Bill C-36, with its sweeping powers of investigation and arrest, but under the immigration security certificate procedure. Critics charge that this process, part of the CSIS apparatus, is a blank cheque for arrest without warrant, open-ended detention and secretive proceedings.

And, ironically, many of those who have criticized C-36 say that, scary as it may be, that legislation at least contains such rudiments of due process as specific charges, disclosure of evidence and cross-examination.



[ Read the rest ... ]


Go to page  1 2 3 ... 147 [148] 149 150