For 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. Finally, after twelve years, Mr. Mahjoub is permitted to travel outside Toronto, and he is bringing his demand for justice to the home base of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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 as his speaking tour, which began in 2012, continues into Western Canada. It is a rare opportunity for audiences in other cities to hear this shocking and compelling story first-hand.
He will be joined by Syed Hussan, a member of the Justice for Mahjoub Network. Hussan is a migrant justice, anti-austerity and indigenous solidarity organizer who has been active in No One Is Illegal – Toronto and the Solidarity City Network (which just made Toronto Canada's first Sanctuary City).
** More on Mahjoub http://www.supportmahjoub.org/background/summary-2/
** Security certificates http://www.supportmahjoub.org/background/security-certificates/
DETAILS OF LOCAL EVENT:
Edmonton: Thursday, April 11, 7pm at Telus Centre 134, University of Alberta Campus
Supported by APIRG and ECAWAR (Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism)
Childcare will be provided upon request. If you require childcare, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before April 5.
APIRG is committed to making this workshop accessible. Please email email@example.com with any accessibility concerns.
APIRG is located on Indigenous Territories and explicitly acknowledges that as we work towards identifying, challenging, and addressing intersections of oppression, it is critical to confront the ongoing practices of colonization of indigenous peoples and the land on which we live.