Abdullah Almalki of Ottawa, Ontario, was racially profiled, surveilled, harassed, and targeted by Canada's national security apparatus for torture and disappearance. All this was based on unfounded, false allegations that he posed a threat to national security. Torture is ultimately intended to silence its target, but to the great dismay of the RCMP and CSIS, Almalki did not disappear after 22 months of being tortured in Syria. Instead, he has carried on a remarkable public campaign that, while revealing the gross abuses he suffered and continues to experience because of Canadian government actions, has inspired many people to face the reality that their Canadian government is complicit in torture. Although Mr. Almalki's name was cleared by a highly secretive judicial inquiry, his struggle continues as he seeks an apology, accountability for those engaged in torture-complicit activities, compensation, and structural changes to ensure what happened to him never happens to anyone else.
Come and see for yourself a remarkable presentation about survival in the harshest imaginable circumstances. Mr. Almalki's presentation names names, shares partially blacked out government documents, and clearly paints a picture of Canada that most of us would rather not – but ultimately must – see, and change.
Snack and Beverages provided
KDCC is Wheelchair accessible.
Childcare available, please contact [email protected] for more info
Part of the Exposing and Opposing Canadian Complicity in Torture series. Stay tuned for future events.
This event follows David Heap's presentation discussing Canada’s role in the blockade of Gaza, giving his firsthand account of his capture at sea aboard the Tahrir. Presented by Students for Palestinian Rights and Canadian Union of Postal Workers. 6:30-7:30, same location
Abdullah Almalki, an Ottawa engineer and father, endured 22 months of detention and torture in Syria, after being racially profiled, surveilled, harassed, and targeted by Canada's national security apparatus.
Matthew Behrens is a freelance writer and social justice advocate who co-ordinates the Homes not Bombs non-violent direct action network. He has worked closely with the targets of Canadian and U.S. "national security" profiling for many years.
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