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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2012

Posted by strattof on December 12, 2012

CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Mohammad Mahjoub, Mohamed Harkat, and Mahmoud Jaballah have been detained in Canada for over a decade – but they have never been charged. All three men have spent years in prison, including time in solitary confinement, and then years under house arrest with their families.

  •  December 10 will mark the 10th anniversary of Harkat’s arrest.
  • December 10 will find Mahjoub in court in Toronto for a detention review, calling on the judge to free him from over 12 years of arbitrary indefinite detention.
  • December 10 will find Jaballah living under house arrest in Toronto with his 6 children. 
  • December 10 is International Human Rights Day.

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SECURITY CERTIFICATES

Mahjoub, Harkat, and Jaballah were all arrested under security certificates, a legal mechanism that allows the government to detain indefinitely, without charge, non-citizens (refugees, permanent residents, or foreign nationals) living in Canada and to deport them even when there is a risk of torture or death.

Under the security certificate regime:

  • The presumption of innocence does not apply.
  • Hearsay evidence is admissible.
  • Information used to detain those arrested can be kept secret.  
  • Much of the information comes from foreign spy agencies that are known to use torture.

 SECURITY CERTIFICATE DETAINEES

Mohammad Mahjoub: Still detained without charge since June 2000

Mahmoud Jaballah: Still detained without charge since August 2001; previously arrested in 1999, released and rearrested on the same information

Mohamed Harkat: Still detained without charge since December 2002

Hassan Almrei: Detained without charge 2001 – 2009; still no apology or citizenship

Adil Charkaoui: Detained without charge 2003 – 2009; still no apology or citizenship

STATEMENT BY MOHAMMAD MAHJOUB: NOVEMBER 2012

“For more than 12 years….I have been imprisoned without charge or trial….I’ve suffered an attempted sexual assault, contracted Hepatitis C in prison, twice been under imminent threat of deportation to torture, been locked up in a special prison for Muslims, and, when released from prison, I had my home turned into a worse prison with surveillance cameras and special doors, outings by authorization, 24-hour accompaniment, and curfews. To this day, I wear a tracking bracelet wherever I go….

Never in these 12 years have I been charged with any crime. Never has the secret information used to destroy my reputation been disclosed to me. Never have I been given the dignity of a fair and open trial.”

To read Mahjoub’s full statement, go to: www.supportmahjoub.org/independent-inquiry/  

“Canada risks complicity in torture by…denying fair process in security certificate cases.” – Alex Neve, Secretary-General, Amnesty International Canada

TAKE ACTION: FREE THE THREE

FREE THE MIGRANTS: END DETENTIONS

Although their cases are extreme, Mahjoub, Harkat, and Jaballah are only three of the thousands of migrants in Canada who are imprisoned because they don’t have citizenship.

Between 2004 and 2011, 82,000 people were locked up in immigration detention. At least another 13,000 have likely been imprisoned since 2011. These include children, as well as those jailed in maximum security prisons without access to service or programs.

BILL C-31: MORE INJUSTICE

Bill C-31, the Refugee Exclusion Act, was passed by parliament in June. It allows for the automatic detention of groups of refugees entering Canada. It is expected that this act will be put into effect in mid-December. As a result, increasing numbers of refugees – including children – will find themselves behind bars in Canada.

Free The Three actions organized in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

Free The Three actions organized by People’s Commission Network: http://www.peoplescommission.org/en/

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