WHAT: Public delivery of UN opinion against Canadian immigration detention
WHEN: 10am, Thursday, July 24, 2014
WHERE: Immigration Enforcement offices, 74 Victoria Street, Toronto
WHO: End Immigration Detention Network and Mr Mvogo’s legal counsel
Over 80,000 people have been detained in immigration jails in Canada under the current government, over a third of them in maximum security provincial jails according to government documents.
Immigrant detainees are held without trial or charge, many indefinitely. Though the average length of stay in detention in 2013 was 28 days, nearly a 100 individuals have been held for over a year, and in one case, a man identified as anti-apartheid icon Mbuyisa Makhubu has been jailed for a decade. Mr Mvogo has been detained for nearly 8 years.
Immigrants in a maximum-security prison in Lindsay, Ontario where Mr Mvogo has been jailed have been on strike calling for an end to detention since September 2013. Their demands include an end to maximum security incarceration, an overhaul of the detention review process, and a 90-day limit on detention pending deportation. See a recent report by the End Immigration Detention Network at www.truthaboutdetention.com