Maher Arar

Maher Arar came to public attention after he was rendered by American authorities to Syria, his native country. While imprisoned there he was subjected to torture and other degrading and inhumane treatment. He was eventually released and a public inquiry was called in Canada which cleared his name. Maher is a passionate advocate of human rights and is a frequent speaker at national security related events. He recently founded Prism (www.prism-magazine.com), an online not-for-profit magazine that focuses on the in-depth coverage and analysis of national security related issues.

Maher Arar
Blog
Dec 14, 2012
Image: Jacob Anikulapo/Flickr

What life looks like under a national security state

Maher Arar
Life under a national security state is not a life. Living under such a state is simply living like a slave, or at best it is like living in a big prison, albeit one that has invisible bars.
Blog
Jul 26, 2012

Myth and reality in the struggle for Syria

Maher Arar
Syrians have already demonstrated mind-boggling courage and determination: the murderous Assad army, the regime’s iron first, is disintegrating, albeit slowly.
Blog
Mar 14, 2012

Public safety minister's torture directive 2.0

Maher Arar
A new directive issued by the Minister of Public Safety removes any ambiguity about the government's position on the use and sharing of information that is likely derived from torture.
Blog
Jan 16, 2012

U.K. won't prosecute spies over torture claims

Maher Arar
The U.K.'s spy agencies have been cleared of involvement in the torture of former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohammed, who had alleged that Britain knew that he was being tortured.
Blog
Mar 25, 2011

Daraa's events prove Bashar al-Assad wrong

Maher Arar
After the fall of Mubarak, Arab citizens elsewhere rightly thought that their leaders would understand the inevitability of the situation: that the resolve of the people was too strong to overcome.
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