The Twelve Year Tour: Security certificates and Canadian torture regimes| June 15, 2012
On May 23, 2012, torture survivor Mohammad Mahjoub spoke of his brutal treatment by Canada's spy agency, while in Waterloo during a 7-city speaking tour -- after nearly 12 years of state terror at the hands of successive canadian governments.
The events, titled "The Twelve Year Tour” will culminate on June 26, 2012 with a protest to mark the 12th anniversary of his arrest and long detainment without charge.
Joining Mr. Mahjoub was Syed Hussan of the Justice for Mahjoub Network, and No One is Illegal - Toronto. Syed spoke of canada's security certificate system, notions of so-called "national security" and "terrorism", systemic racism and racial profiling in the so-called "justice" system, and the corrupt and cronyfull Military/Security industrial complexes that sees CSIS and other government agencies using information obtained under torture to oppress human rights abroad and right here at home.
For almost twelve long years, Mohammad Mahjoub, a torture survivor, has been detained without charge in Canada. He was held for lengthy periods in solitary confinement and later under house arrest. All on the basis of secret information which the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has admitted was likely obtained under torture. Now, for the first time in twelve years, Mr. Mahjoub is permitted to travel outside Toronto.
Mr. Mahjoub is one of five Muslim men who have been struggling for justice in Canada against so-called security certificates. Security certificates allow the government to indefinitely detain or deport people on the basis of their profile. He will tell his story in a seven-city speaking tour, as the Justice for Mahjoub Network gears up for a day of protest to mark the 12th anniversary of his arrest on June 26th.
Join us to hear Mohammad's story and learn what we can do about it!
For background information visit: www.supportmahjoub.org.
This event was brought to you by WPIRG and the KW anti-torture coalition.