May 02, 2008

ACTIVISM: demonstrate against Canadian torture


From Matthew Behrens:


The Caravan to End Canadian Involvement in Torture continues its way to Ottawa today after a successful Torture Tour of Toronto attended by over 50 people on May 1. Today, and once a week between now and the late June anniversary of the passage of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, we will be calling on folks to participate in solidarity actions to end Canadian Involvement in Torture.

This week's solidarity action #1

While Canada is a signatory to that Convention, it regularly violates its obligations as a signatory nation, and the many ways in which that occurs are a focus of the Caravan. A major focus of this week's Caravan to Ottawa will be the cases of three Canadian torture survivors, who will take their renewed call to open up the secret Iacobucci Inquiry into their cases on Thursday, May 8 in Ottawa.

Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati, and Muayyed Nureddin were all tortured overseas with Canadian government complicity (see details at Throughout this week they will be calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to change the terms of reference for the inquiry so that they, their lawyers, and the public can attend and get answers as to the role of Canadian officials in their overseas detention, interrogation, and torture.

To date, neither the men, their lawyers, nor the public have seen a single document or been allowed to hear a single witness in the completely secret process.

Please sign the online petition demanding an open inquiry at


Stop Canadian Involvement in Torture

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