From Omar Khadr in Guantanamo Bay to Ivan Apaolaza Sancho, who was held at RDP prison in Montreal for over a year and deported on the basis of information obtained under torture, to Hassan Almrei, a security certificate victim in Ontario who was detained without charge from October 2001 to December 2009 under threat of being deported to face torture in Syria, Canadian officials are involved in torture.
This is part of a dangerous trend to deny some people their most fundamental human rights, ironically, in the name of "security" and even "civilization". Public ignorance, political exclusion and racism have allowed this to continue for far too long.
Actions in Montreal are taking place to bring into the open Canadian complicity in torture in the name of the so-called "war on terror".
We encourage people to support a petition supporting the cases of Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin. People are encouraged to download and gather signatures.
Abdullah Almalki is a Canadian citizen, who experienced detention in Syria first hand. He was detained, interrogated and tortured for two years after the Canadian government shared false information about him with Syrian officials. Canada has not apologized to Almalki, and he now resides in Ottawa with his wife and children. But his experiences will stay with him for a lifetime. Syrian forces used torture methods such as falka, which entails being beaten on the soles of the feet. FSRN’s Lillian Boctor spoke with Abdullah Almalki in Montreal. When Almalki gives talks about his experiences, he shows line drawings of the torture used on him.
Contact the People's Commission Network: QPIRG Concordia - Peoples's Commission Network c/o Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8 firstname.lastname@example.org
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