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.

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