Another blue Christmas for Harkat

posted on December 26, 2004 | in Category Mohamed Harkat | PermaLink

Original author: Tobi Cohen
Source: The Ottawa Sun
URL: [link]
Date: December 26, 2004

Sophie Harkat still chuckles when she remembers the first Christmas she spent with her husband Mohamed. A Muslim refugee from Algeria, he'd never shopped for Christmas presents or greeting cards before, but nonetheless accepted an invite to Sophie's annual family gift exchange.

When Sophie opened her card, she found a lovely wedding shower greeting and with their engagement and wedding still a year in the future, this was no cutesy marriage proposal.

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Balancing liberty and security

posted on December 22, 2004 | in Category Bill C-36 | PermaLink

Original author: Carol Goar
Source: Editorial in The Toronto Star
URL: [link] (subscribers only)
Date: December 22, 2004

Just before leaving for Christmas, Members of Parliament took care of one last piece of unfinished business. They announced a review of the Anti-Terrorism Act, passed in the wake of the 9-11 tragedy.

They had little choice. Section 145 of the act requires a re-examination of all of its provisions and operations after three years. The deadline for launching it was Dec. 18.

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Second Open Letter by Adil Charkaoui

posted on December 21, 2004 | in Category Misc | PermaLink

Original author: Adil Charkaoui Source: Coalition Justice pour Adil Charkaoui Listserv Date: 21 decembre Adil Charkaoui, a father of two and a Permanent Resident of Canada, has been in a Montreal prison since May 2003, although he has been neither convicted nor even charged with any crime. Using a "security certificate", the Canadian government has the power to imprison refugees and permanent residents without charge, under secret evidence. Deprived of his liberty, of his right to be presumed innocent, and of a fair trial, Charkaoui, like the other four Muslim men held under certificates, faces deportation to his country of origin, Morocco, even though there is a serious risk that he will be tortured upon his return. In his second open letter, Charkaoui responds to the Federal Court of Appeal decision on the constitutional challenge to security certificates which he has launched. An Immigrant, Big Brother and the Three Judges Second open letter by Adil Charkaoui 20 December 2004 This is neither a Kafka novel nor a mediocre tale unfolding in a banana republic, but quite simply the state of human rights in the very best country in the world. The judgement on the constitutionality of security certificates, made public on 10 December 2004, international human rights day, is a revealing illustration of post-September 11th Canada.

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{Report-Back] Canada-Wide Day of Action Against Sec. Certificates

posted on December 16, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: N/A Source: The Marxist-Leninist Daily URL: [link] Date: December 15, 2004 Protests Demand End to Security Certificates and Secret Trials

On December 10, International Human Rights Day, actions across the country demanded an immediate end to the use of security certificates and secret trials in Canada. The National Day of Action drew attention to five Muslim men imprisoned under security certificates who have waited a combined total of more than 174 months in Canadian jail cells without bail, charges or evidence being produced against them. These men are: Hassan Almrei, Syrian, held since October 2001; Adil Charkaoui, Moroccan, held since May 2003; Mohamed Harkat, Algerian, held since December 2002; Mahmoud Jaballah, Egyptian, held for nine months in 1999, cleared of allegations, held again since August 2001; and Mohammad Mahjoub, Egyptian, held since June 2000. Actions were organized in Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, among other cities. In Ottawa, a statement calling for the outlawing of security certificates and secret trials was released to the press. The statement was endorsed by more than 300 organizations and individuals, including CPC(M-L) national leader Sandra L. Smith, NDP national leader Jack Layton, MP Carolyn Parrish, CAW president Buzz Hargrove, singer Bruce Cockburn and other personalities and citizens representing a wide spectrum of Canadian society.

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[REPORT-BACK] Secret Trials challenged on all fronts!

posted on December 15, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: N/A
Source: Justice Coailition for Adil Charkaoui Listserv
Date: December 15, 2004

Friday, 10 December, was the second cross-Canada day of action against secret trials in Canada; with actions in Vancouver, Edmonton, Owen Sound, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax calling for the abolition of secret trials in Canada and freedom for the detainees. 10 December is not only Human Rights Day, it is the second anniversary of the detention of Mohamed Harkat under the discriminatory security certificate regime in Ottawa.

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New MP3s added to Downloads Section

posted on December 14, 2004 | in Category Website-Related | PermaLink

I have added three new audio files to the Downloads section. They are speeches by Matthew Behrens, Ahmed Jaballah (Mahmoud Jaballah's eldest son), and Mona El-Fouli (wife of Mohammed Mahjoub.) They were recorded at an information evening about security certificates held at McMaster University in Hamilton on November 25th 2004. You can access these new downloads HERE

CSIS interviews spread fear in community

posted on December 14, 2004 | in Category CSIS | PermaLink

Original author: Kevin Ma
Source: Centretown News (Ottawa)
Date: December 10, 2004

Abid Jan says he came to Canada to find peace and security. Instead, he found only fear and loathing. He blames Canada's intelligence services. Jan is a Pakistani journalist who fled his homeland in 2002 because of death threats from local intelligence agents. He was granted refugee status in Canada, and now works as a community development officer at the South-East Ottawa Centre for a Healthy Community.

He says that on April 20, 2004, when he went to the immigration department for what he thought was a routine meeting, he was instead interviewed by a man from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, his third interview with the agency since his arrival in Canada. "The truth is" Jan says of his experience with CSIS, "we suffered as much here as we did in Pakistan. We face the same fear here."

Community groups say some Muslim immigrants live in fear because of anti-terrorism investigations conducted by CSIS.

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Bloc and NDP attack security certificates in Parliament

posted on December 14, 2004 | in Category | PermaLink

Source: Coalition Justice pour Adil Charkaoui Listserv quoting Hansard Date: December 10, 2004 Below are some questions raised in Parliament in Ottawa by BQ and NDP on secret trials Dec. 10. [On va l'envoyer en francais sous peu.]

Ms. Monique Guay (Riviere-du-Nord, BQ): Mr. Speaker, today, on International Human Rights Day, the government needs to examine its conscience. In 2002 Parliament modified the composition of the Immigration and Refugee Board, reducing the number of board members from two to one, and creating an appeal division. The appeal division is still not operational and the minister does not understand how urgent it is that it be implemented. How can a government that denounces the democratic deficit tolerate this delay in carrying out the will of Parliament and what is it waiting for to implement the refugee appeal division as called for by law? [English] Hon. Hedy Fry (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, this is only one part of the refugee process. We are looking, as a department, at the whole refugee process. There are many components of it that we feel need to be dealt with. There is going to be a complete review of the refugee process, including Iran.

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The fight for the soul of Canada's justice system (long)

posted on December 13, 2004 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

Original author: Andrew Duffy Source: The Ottawa Citizen URL: [link] Date: December 12, 2004 TERROR V. TORTURE: Even the judges hate the security certificate process

Justice James Hugessen took the podium at a Montreal conference and dispensed with his usual disclaimer about speaking only for himself. He was, Judge Hugessen said, representing his colleagues on the bench of the Federal Court as he turned his remarks to special provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act -- provisions that require judges to hear government evidence against foreign nationals accused of terrorism in the absence of both detainees and their lawyers. The extraordinary measures are part of the security certificate process, and using it, the government deports people whom the Canadian Security Intelligence Service deems terrorists.

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New photos from December 10th 2004 Rally

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

News: Rally in Toronto on Dec 10th, International Human Rights Day

New photos courtesy of John Bonnar HERE: [link]

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