Canadian Unitarians are deeply concerned about the maintenance of human rights, especially for the more vulnerable in our society and the world. We seek to see justice and fair treatment for Canadian citizens and for immigrants or refugees who enter our country. We seek the end of security certificates, secret trials, and evidence based on anonymous witnesses and possibly torture. We hope for a return to civil liberties in Canada.
Trends on Security Certificates
ICLMG (The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group) letter campaign to stop bill S-7 (PDF) Word Version- a bill to renew the right of the government to arrest “potential terrorists” without trial and to hold them indefinitely. CUSJ has been a strong supporter of ICLMG for many years, and appreciates its diligence in following these important human rights issues in Canada and abroad. Thanks to the dedication of Bob Staveley and Bob Stevenson, who regularly attend their meetings and follow their activities.
CUSJ Letter to MP’s on Bill S-7 opposing renewal of Security Certificate legislation
CUSJ decides to send support for the making of the new documentary film: The Secret Trial 5. It is long past time that this post-9-11 security phase is ended. Human rights must be returned to Canadians for a fair trial.
Chris Hedges takes the Obama Administration to Court to protect civil liberties in the USA – Article in Vonage World Canada 2013 02 11
Dying With Dignity
Wanda Morris (a Unitarian and ED of Dying with Dignity) speaks to the crowd outside the courthouse as the BC High Court hears the Federal appeal against a lower court decision that favours the right to choose assisted death at the end of life. Galina Coffee Lewis from Victoria holds the “Archaic Laws” sign.
The Canadian Council of Refugees (CCR) has published a paper on the latest changes to Refugee legislation 2013 01 08 and their impacts. Brief to committee with concerns about bill C-43 October 2012 Backgrounder on C-31 - passed in June 2012. List of concerns.
Proposed Resolution on Refugees to the Canadian Unitarian Council AGM, May 2013
Bill C-31 - A new Refugee Bill for Canada (GLBTQ rights and Human Rights trampled on!) (article from Xtra, Canada’s Gay and Lesbian News.)
Corporate Human Rights Violations
The Corporate sector in our global economy has the opportunity to do business within the law, respecting the human rights of the citizens of the country in which they are doing business, but many do not. Find here the “Most Wanted Corporate Human Rights Violators in 2012. Read the stories and see who is working to change things.
We are particularly following the cases of:
Hassan Diab is a victim of injustice as the Harper Government again takes the attitude that evidence is of no concern to anyone. This case will go all the way to the Supreme Court where we will test the many flaws in this process including different interpretations of the extradition law among different provlnces.
Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen 2012 04 06 - great factual summary with great talking points for your letters. Photos of Hassan Diab and his wife, Rania Tfaily, exiting from the court room.
Briarpatch article by Matthew Behrens – Persecution by Proxy
WRITE LETTERS TO YOUR LOCAL OR A NATIONAL NEWSPAPER NOW! Diab has 30 days for a judicial appeal.
CUSJ Letter 2012 07 05 to the Citizen
CUSJ letter of support for Hassan Diab January 2012
(b) WRITE to the Minister of Justice, Mr. Rob Nicholson (email: email@example.com). A sample letter is available:
- English – Letter to the Minister of Justice (.doc)
- Français – Lettre à la ministre de la Justice (.doc)
(Please share a copy of your letter with firstname.lastname@example.org)
Victories and Losses
Mr Abousfian Abdelrazik Project Fly Home VICTORY! In the last week of November it was announced that Mr. Abdelrazik won his battle, was removed from the UN No Fly list, and can now get on with his life. He is suing the Canadian Government for lack of support when they knew he was innocent.