PressTV: Canadians demand end to ‘unjust’ detentions

Tues Nov 5th 2013
Canadian activists have demanded an end to the government’s “unjust” indefinite detention of nearly 200 immigrants held in the country.

The call came on Monday after the activists visited the Central East Correctional Center in Lindsay, Ontario, where they met with some of the detained immigrants who have been protesting since September.

At least one of the imprisoned immigrants has remained on a hunger strike for over 40 days.

Among those who visited the detained immigrants were members from the End Immigration Detention Network as well as activists Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, who both recently spent seven weeks in an Egyptian prison without being charged. The two were detained in Egypt during a stopover en route to the Gaza Strip.

Loubani and Greyson called for the release of the 191 detained immigrants, saying that the Canadian government should abide to international law and limit immigration detention to 90 days.

“The indefinite detention of all 191 (detainees in Lindsay, Ont.) raises a lot of questions about what we’re doing as a nation,” said Greyson.

Under current Canadian law, immigrants can be jailed indefinitely until their cases are resolved with some of whom have been incarcerated for seven years.

“These detentions are arbitrary, indefinite, and that makes them unjust,” said Loubani.

In addition, Tings Chak, a member the activist group No One is Illegal Toronto, said that several of the detained immigrants remain at the correctional center despite being granted refugee status by the Canadian authorities.

Activists have appealed to Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Corrections Minister Madeleine Meilleur for assistance on the issue, however, they have not received any response from the officials.



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