1.03.2011

statement against security certificates: please sign and circulate

Canadian readers, please sign and circulate this important statement opposing the use of so-called certificates. Under sections 9 and 76 through 87 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, these provisions allow for the imprisonment of refugees and permanent residents without anything resembling due process - and the deportation of non-citizen residents, even if they face torture or execution in their country of origin. The latest court-mandated revision of these provisions is mere window dressing.

The Security Certificate process violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and every human rights document to which Canada is a signatory: the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on Refugees, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the United Nations Convention on Torture.

Please read the full statement in both English and French, please sign and please share with everyone you know. In a country that fancies itself a democracy and a bastion of decency, the existence of these provisions is a travesty.

2 comments:

allan said...

The statement demands that those currently detained under security certificates:

"be allowed to defend themselves in open, fair and independent trials with full disclosure of the case against them"

What a radical thought.

Kev said...

This irrational fear of terrorism is entirely disproportionate to the level of the threat. I am far more afraid using a crosswalk here in T.O. than I am of being a victim of terrorism. Come to think of it just about everything else scares me more than terrorism, especially spiders

One of the things that scares me the most these days is the steady erosion of civil liberties in this country. Justice cannot be accomplished with secret trials and hidden evidence.