Abousfian Abdelrazik: Project Fly Home

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for Abdelrazik

saxophone — Matana Roberts
piano — Stefan Christoff
recorded by Thierry Amar @ Hotel 2 Tango

Statement from Abousfian

Listen to an audio statement from Abousfian Abdelrazik on April 1st, 2009 by clicking the play button below. You can download the MP3 here.

Take Action!

To get in touch with Project Fly Home, contact us at projectflyhome@gmail.com

  1. Please phone or write your MP or, if your MP can't be convinced, Foreign Affairs critics of all three opposition parties, asking them to endorse the following short statement:

    The UN Security Council imposes an asset freeze and an international travel ban on individuals whose names have been placed on its "1267 List". The listing and delisting processes do not meet standards of procedural fairness or of natural justice fundamental to the rule of law. The 1267 Regime and the "Al Qaeda and Taliban Regulations” - which implement the 1267 Regime in Canada - violate rights to liberty, security and freedom of association.

    CSIS and the RCMP cleared Abousfian Abdelrazik of any criminal activity in November 2007. On this basis, the Canadian government supported Mr. Abdelrazik's request to be removed from the 1267 List in 2007.

    For these reasons, I call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to 1) lift sanctions from Mr. Abdelrazik in Canada (as was done in the case of another Canadian citizen, Mr. Liban Hussein, in 2002); 2) contact the embassies of all United Nations Security Council members to inform them that Mr. Abdelrazik’s removal from the 1267 List is a diplomatic priority for Canada; and 3) revoke the unconstitutional “Al Qaeda and Taliban Regulations”, which were established by Order in Council.

    The contacts of federal MPs can be found here.

    Foreign Affairs Critics:

    Paul Dewar, NDP Paul.Dewar@parl.gc.ca (613) 996-5322

    Dominic LeBlanc, Liberal dominic.leblanc@parl.gc.ca (613) 992-8514

    To help convince them, you can email them our backgrounder on the 1267 list and two recent reports by human rights organizations; the BCCLA's "The U.N. Security Council's 1267 Regime and the Rule of Law in Canada" and the ECCHR's "Blacklisted".

    Please forward the response of your MP to us at projectflyhome@gmail.com.

  2. Distribute Project Fly Home post-cards and flyers about this issue to your friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

  3. Bust Sanctions. According to federal law implementing the 1267 sanctions regime anyone who contributes money to Mr Abdelrazik risks federal prosecution. Canadian regulations state that no Canadian shall "provide or collect by any means, directly or indirectly, funds with the intention that the funds by used" by a listed person. Join the hundreds of individual Canadians and labour unions and who have decided to openly defy the unjust sanctions by making a donation to Mr. Abdelrazik. Your donations will support Mr. Abdelrazik and the very act of donating will help challenge the oppressive national security "logic" which creates and feeds on fear, racism and isolation.

    Email us at projectflyhome@gmail.com to ask us how.

  4. Invite a Project Fly Home speaker to your classroom, faith group, community centre, Board Meeting, etc. Email us at projectflyhome@gmail.com.

  5. Ask your union local to join our Just Work campaign by passing this Canadian Labour Congress resolution (French version here).

  6. Please donate to the campaign. Although we are all volunteers, our work to support Abdelrazik's campaign involves many costs, and we depend entirely on contributions to cover those costs. A very big thank you to those of you who have already supported us; your generosity has made it possible for us to continue.

    Please make your checks out to "Réseau de la Commission populaire", with "Project Fly Home" in the subject line and send it to:

    Project Fly Home c/o QPIRG McGill 3647 University Avenue, 3rd floor H3A 2B3

  7. Subscribe to our newslist to stay in touch with developments and events by sending your email to projectflyhome@gmail.com.

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