The Secret Trial 5 is a new crowdfunded documentary, currently in production, that examines the human impact of Canada’s “war on terror”; specifically the use of security certificates, a tool that allows for indefinite detention, with no charges, and secret evidence. Over the last decade, five Muslim men, Hassan Almrei, Adil Charkaoui, Mohamed Harkat, Mahmoud Jaballah and Mohammad Mahjoub have been held under security certificates in Canada. They’ve spent between 2 and 7 years in prison each. None of them has been charged with a crime.
Though Adil Charkaoui and Hasan Almrei's certificates have been quashed, Mohamed Harkat's security certificate was ruled "reasonable" on December 9, 2010. On Jan 21, 2011, Immigration Enforcement served him with a deportation notice that his lawyers have vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary. The Justice for Harkat Campaign is calling for individuals and organizations to sign the statement at www.harkatstatement.com (and below). Sophie Harkat, Mohamed Harkat's wife and and organizer with the Justice for Harkat Campaign will be speaking at the event.
The evening will include a free screening of The Good Son, director Amar Wala’s short film about the Jaballah family, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers about their new documentary. This film will be crowdfunded, meaning anyone, anywhere can become a part of the project by donating to the production, and helping spread awareness.
Ontario Public Interest Research Group - UofT
Immigration and Legal Committee of the Law Union of Ontario
Council of Canadians
Toronto Action for Social Change
Campaign to Stop Secret trials in Canada!
Immigration Legal Committee (Law Union of Ontario & No One Is Illegal - Toronto)
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