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Sanctions-busting telethon for Abousfian Abdelrazik

May 16, 2010
| Nearly a year has passed since a federal court judge ordered the Canadian government to allow Abdelrazik to return home to Canada. But he still can't work, have a bank account, or travel.
Length: 12:50

Sanctions-busting telethon supporters risked jail for Abdelrazik

Abousfian  Abdelrazik returned home to Canada from Sudan on June 27, 2009.

Viewers tuning in to Wednesday evening's rabble.ca videocast from Montreal could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled across a surreal version of the infamous PBS fund drives that annually dominate American airwaves.

Indeed, the perky pitches from energetic hosts, a phone bank of pledge takers, and a large map of Canada with pins marking the city of each donation would have seemed familiar to anyone who enjoys public television or radio.

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Sanctions-busting telethon for Abousfian Abdelrazik a success

Project Fly Home held a 'sanctions-busting' telethon in support of Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Sudanese-Canadian man on the United Nations 1267 list.
Project Fly Home last week raised $6,000 in support of Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Sudanese-Canadian man on the United Nations 1267 list.

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Abdelrazik and the sanctions-busting telethon

Abousfian Abdelrazik's extraordinary story first hit the news on April 28, 2008, the day the Sudanese-born Canadian walked into the Canadian embassy in Khartoum and informed staff that he wouldn't leave until he was booked on a plane back to Montreal.

His decision to go public was a courageous one. If the embassy threw him out -- as the consul indeed threatened to do -- it was almost certain that Sudan would arrest him again, and he would pay the heavy price of torture or even death.

But, after five years of exile, including two ghastly prison terms, Abdelrazik was desperate, and his gamble paid off. The Embassy granted him "temporary safe haven" and Canadians across the country began mobilizing in support of him.

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Beyond 1267

April 14, 2010
| Abdelrazik talks about his ordeal.
Length: 08:24 minutes (3.85 MB)

Harper's hitlist: A Kafkaesque nightmare for abandoned Canadians

Ronald Smith, Omar Khadr, Abousfian  Abdelrazik -- The prime minister believes the Charter Rights of these men don't matter, and his contempt for the law is shown at every turn.

rabble.ca columnist Murray Dobbin details the harm Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing to the political and social fabric of Canada in a new essay commissioned by The Council of Canadians. This article is an excerpt taken from the essay, the seventh in a 10-part series on Harper's assault on democracy.

Refusing to seek clemency for Canadian death row inmates overseas.

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Welcome home, Mr. Abdelrazik

As Abousfian Abdelrazik awoke one morning in the Canadian embassy in Khartoum, he found himself transformed into a rodent in a maze ...

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Redeye

Ottawa has until Friday to act on Abdelrazik case

June 16, 2009
| Lawyers for a Montreal man stranded in Sudan say the government must act soon on his case or face possible contempt of court charges.
Length: 17:32
Aw@l

MAYDAY! May Day - Migrants Rights and Direct Action

May 15, 2009
| AW@L Radio - We discuss the May Day demonstration in Toronto with interviews from organizers of the No One is Illegal Demonstration, and an indepth discussion on Abousfian Abdelrazik with justice and
Length: 1:07:31
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AW@L Radio - G20, Galloway's ban, Abdelrazik, NATO, Bad Harper, and Fossil Fools Day

April 9, 2009
| <p>AW@L Radio hosts Alex Hundert and Dan Kellar discuss Galloway's ban again, Abdelrazik, NATO, and Fossil Fools Day</p>
Length: 1:11:39
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