We visited Naqvi, will you call him? (with pictures)

On November 18th 2014, we sent a letter to Ontario Minister responsible for prisons Yasir Naqvi demanding that he cut all ties with CBSA and stop collaborating in the indefinite, cruel and unjust detention of migrants in Ontario’s maximum security prisons. The Minister, who is also the Ontario Liberal House Leader, has yet to reply and Ontario continues to profit from Harper’s anti-immigrant laws. Immigration detentions must end.

So on March 16, 2015 representatives from the End Immigration Detention Network, No One Is Illegal Ottawa and Parent-Child Coalition for Justice visited Minister Naqvi and demanded that he act now.

Add your voice to ours. Take action with us!

* SIGN THIS PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/harper-end-indefinite-immigration-detention
* WRITE/CALL/TWEET AT YASIR NAQVI: Demand that the he end the imprisonment of migrants in Ontario prisons without trial or charge.

Tweet: https://twitter.com/yasir_naqvi
Call: 416-325-0408, 416-325-7754, or 613-722-6414
Write: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org


  • Immigration detention is imprisonment without trial or charges.
  • Of the 9,932 detentions that took place in 2013, 2,434 detentions took place in Ontario’s maximum security prisons. At any given time, between 520 and 700 people are in immigration detention in Canada. About 40 per cent of them are in Ontario provincial jails.
  • In fiscal 2013-2014, the Feds paid Ontario more than $21 million for jail space for immigration detainees.
  • The release rate at the monthly detention review hearing where continued imprisonment of immigrants facing deportations in Central Region (Ontario, minus Ottawa and Kingston) is 9%. Its 25.5% in the rest of the country.
  • Detainees in Ontario jails spend an average of 40 days in custody – twice the 20-day average for immigration detainees in general. Some, of course, are in jail for 8-10 years. Detainees in Lindsay stay an average of 82 days there (allowing for early release, that’s equivalent to a four-month jail sentence for someone in the criminal justice system).

** Is not a provincial matter
** Is imprisonment without an end in sight
** Lacks due process
** Separates families
** Kills

Our letter to Naqvi.

We Want Them Back! We Want Them Free! Don’t Separate Our Families

Nearly a 150 of us descended on to the Central East Correctional Centre on Monday, Feb 16th. With the weather dropping below -30 celsius, plus windchill, we gathered with our breaths and hearts warm, calling for an end to immigration detentions and deportations.

Led by the high-school organizers from our Youth Committee, we marched right around the prison to where the immigration detainees are imprisoned. Seeing us, hundreds of prisoners banged on their glass windows, raised fists, and waved prison-made flags at us.

Melika Mojarrab, 15, whose father Masoud Hajivand is imprisoned at Lindsay spoke of her family’s separation. Breia, 16, whose brother is in detention thanked those gathered, and Martin who was released after 36 months in immigration detention insisted that we cannot stop until the injustice of immigration detention is over.

Pictures by Shaghayegh Tajvidi


REUNITE: Families for Families in Detention

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Immigrant detainees are being held indefinitely and without charge or trial in Lindsay’s maximum security jail. Unlike many of us, this Family Day, they will not be reuniting with their families. In fact, they are unable to see their families on most other days because Lindsay is inaccessible by public transport.

On February 16th, bring your family, young and old – sisters, fathers, sons, grandmothers and friends – and stand in solidarity with hundreds of families that are impacted by indefinite migrant detention, and the 100,000 more separated by detention over the past 8 years.

Where: The Central East Correctional Facility in Lindsay Ontario
When: 4:00pm (buses leaving from Toronto, Peterborough, Guelph – scroll below to register and for details)

Everyone should be able to be with the people they love every day! Continue reading

Pack The Courts: Critical Legal Challenge to Immigration Detention

Scales of JusticeDear friends,

We need you to pack the courthouse for 1 morning for an important legal fight to end part of the injustices of immigration detention.

As you know, nearly 200 migrants jailed indefinitely without trial or charge, have been waging a courageous struggle against immigration detentions and deportations in a max-security prison in Lindsay, Ontario since September 2013. Those migrants have gone on hunger strike, boycotted their detention reviews, refused to enter their cells and organized despite the violence and alienation of prisons.

To support their struggle, the End Immigration Detention Network, has organized rallies and petitions, gone to the United Nations, uncovered deep discrepancies in the detention review process, and worked to shed light on the injustice of detentions and deportations. The spotlight on the abuses inherent in the system has shone even brighter as a result of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death in immigration custody in Vancouver, in December 2013.

Our struggle is entering a critical new phase. In this coming week, we need you to pack a downtown Toronto courthouse, for an innovative court challenge we are launching. We cannot reveal the details of this step yet, but we urge you to fill out this form, if you are available between 9am and noon, on December 11, 12, 15 or 16. We will only need all of you to be there for one of these mornings.

We will email you details on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. Your presence in the courthouse will be critical in showing broad community opposition to immigration detention.

Please fill out this form, and share this call out with trusted friends and family members.

With love and solidarity,
End Immigration Detention Network

Surprise Noise Demonstration at Lindsay Max-Security Prison

On Saturday, November 29th, 30 of us gathered from Peterborough, Guelph and Toronto at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario. Ranging in ages from 22 months to 75 years, we made our way down on a dirt road behind the prison to Pod 3 where nearly 200 immigrants are jailed without charge or trial, many indefinitely. Revolutionary music blasted from our soumd system, we beat on drums, clanged pots and set off fireworks appropriately titled ‘prison break’. By the time a police line formed to stop us moving further, prisoners in three pods were in their cell windows, screaming, jumping flicking lights, and banging on the windows. We interspersed our music with chants, ‘end detentions, end end detentions’, and ‘no prisons, no borders’. When we stood quietly, we could hear night reverberating with the thump of fists on plexiglass windows. With the police only one side of us, some of our comrades lit off more fireworks. Then in what can only be described as ‘police intelligence’, two officers tried to stomp out the fireworks sending them flying in all directions. We laughed, we chanted and we continued. The youngest amongst us – toddlers – insisted on making their own way back, forcing the police to stop trying to herd us out. Slowly, we marched back out on the street, past Pod 1 and 2 where those in max-security remand are held, still making music, still singing, still chanting, still insisting: Until All Walls Fall, We Will Continue.

If you haven’t yet, please take action to end immigration detention, click here.

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September 2014: United Against Detentions 

0616 migrant 05.JPGJoin these actions or TAKE ACTION from wherever you are.

Wednesday, 17 September, 12pm
CBSA Headquarters, 120 Metcalf Street

Wednesday, 17 September, 6pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 201

Wednesday, 17 September, 8pm
Meet at Cloud Gardens, Richmond W & Temperance Street.

Saturday, 20 September, 9am
Guelph Farmers Market, 4 Gordon Street

Saturday, 20 September, 12pm
Laval Immigration Detention Centre, 200 Montée St-François and then proceeding to the Federal Training Centre across the street. Continue reading

THESE WALLS WILL FALL! Protest-Concert for #MigrantStrike


Massive outdoor free protest concert to celebrate the courageous 1-year long resistance of immigration detainees on strike in Ontario.

w/ Indigenous & PoC Artists from Across Turtle Island

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CLOUD GARDENS (short walk to concert site)

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Arizona’s finest Red-Brown power hip-hop duo

Undocumented & Decolonial Mujer Lucha Rap

Singer, song-writers, one-half of Toronto’s own LAL

Anarcho-Rap Rhythm Renegades

Colombian darling, Soundsister, improv virtuoso

More to be announced.

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On September 17, 2013, 191 migrants jailed in a Lindsay maximum-security prison went on hunger strike against their endless detention without trial or charge. Over the last year, despite being locked in cages, their resistance has continued. They have boycotted their detention reviews, refused to go on lock down, and refused unjust prison orders. As a result, strike leaders have been deported, faced coercion and fines while some have been released. They continue.

On the outside, we have mobilized to support. We have beaten down the doors of immigration enforcement headquarters, we have shown corruption in the detention review process, and we have even won a case at the United Nations.

On September 17th, we gather to celebrate and to remember. We will come together as families and friends of those jailed without an end in sight. We will express our outrage at the recent racist anti-immigrant raids in Keele-Finch. We will strengthen our struggle to overthrow prisons and border controls that separate, detain and deport us. We will pledge our commitment to fighting alongside Indigenous nations asserting sovereignty. We will insist these walls must fall. AND WE WILL DANCE.

No One Is Illegal! Freedom to Move, Return, Stay!

Actions taking place in many other cities, find one near you.


Migrant justice organizers use 10 feet tall scales of injustice to lock down Border Control Headquarters in Ottawa. No Justice in Immigration Detention!

Friday 6Migrant justice activists from Guelph, Toronto and Ottawa have locked down the headquarters of Public Safety Canada, disrupting unfair detentions and deportations. A ten feet tall, golden Scales of Injustice with a sign stating: No Justice in Immigration Detention is now chained to the entrance of 269 Laurier Avenue West.

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Prime Minister Harper and Public Safety Minister Blaney allow an unfair and biased justice system to lock up migrants, so today the Scales of Injustice are locking out border officers. People are being jailed for years on end, in one case for 10 years, without trial or charges. Children are either jailed or separated from their parents. Our recent report (www.truthaboutdetention.com) shows that political interference might be responsible. That’s utterly outrageous.

Today we installed a symbolic, imbalanced scale to remind Harper and Blaney that justice is something we all believe in and fight for, not something that the Tories can play fast and loose with. Jailed migrants, held for up to a decade without trial or charges, are taking courageous risks to show us how blatantly unjust the system is. Right now, over 100 immigrants jailed in three different maximum security prisons are boycotting their detention review hearings insisting they are stacked against them.

Migrants in a maximum security prison have been protesting their unfair imprisonment since September 2013. They have gone on hunger strike, two of them for 65 days. Detainees are demanding an end to indefinite detention, immigrant imprisonment in maximum security prisons, and an overhaul of the Detention Review process. Detainee profiles and audio statements can be found at https://endimmigrationdetention.com/category/from-detainees/.

Today’s lockdown shows that its time for us on the outside to escalate our actions. Harper and Blaney act as if their law and order agenda has the monopoly on justice. But justice arises in our communities through struggle and through concerted effort. We are claiming justice back.

End Immigration Detention! No One Is Illegal! Status for All!

Breaking: Immigrants in three prisons begin coordinated ‘Detention Review’ boycott


June 2, 2014: Over 100 immigrants started a historical month-long boycott of their detention reviews this morning, insisting the process is biased, unfair and stacked against them. The boycott was coordinated between detainees caged in three separate maximum security prisons across Ontario – the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene and Toronto’s Metro West Detention Centre.

Detention Reviews (DR) are the primary means through which border authorities insist that the entire immigration system is fair. They are a unique bail-like process that takes places 48 hours, 7 days, and then every 30 days after arrest. Detainees plead their case in front of an appointed ‘member’ who single-handedly decides on their release or terms and conditions. By refusing to participate, detainees are courageously insisting that the very fabric of the immigration detention system is unjust.

Every time I go there it’s like they have already made up their minds before we even start the session. It doesn’t matter what I say, I am there only for a few minutes before they state that I a flight risk and to come back in 30 days. I’ve been in front of them 12 times and nothing is changing and I am tired of it.” — A.K., jailed at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay.

They pretend like I just came from the airport yesterday but I’ve been in this country for 23 years and that’s not right to treat someone like that. I don’t have a country to go back to, and I grew up here and they’re holding me because I don’t have any money to get out.” — S.M., jailed at Central East Correctional Centre.

This action is part of the ongoing #MigrantStrike that started in September 2013, when 191 detainees began a non-cooperation protest. They went on hunger strike, 2 of them for over 60 days, boycotted their detention reviews, and refused to enter their cells. In retaliation, immigration enforcement has deported some key strike organizers, released a few, moved others into prisons across Ontario, and locked up hunger strikers in segregation. Yet, strike actions are continuing.


Frequently asked questions here. Background on immigration detention here.

JOIN US! Ottawa Convergence to End Immigration Detention @ ICOPA

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12:30pm, Sunday June 15
Meet at Social Sciences Building (FSS) 120 University pvt, University of Ottawa

Over 85,000 people have been detained in immigration jails under Harper’s watch. Many of them have been imprisoned indefinitely, with no known release date. Immigration detention tears apart families, taking away migrants’ freedom for the crime of being born elsewhere. Join us as we march to immigration control headquarters to demand an end to immigration detention, particularly endless detention, max-security incarceration, and an overhaul of the detention review process.

Part of the International Conference on Penal Abolition. Please register here. It’s FREE.

SIGN UP: Caravans leaving from across Ontario (June 12 – 15). Please fill out this form if you’d like to join us or need billets: http://bit.ly/1iIY9ew.

This action is coordinated in conjunction with immigration detainees imprisoned and on strike inside Lindsay, Ontario’s, max-security Central East Correctional Centre.

* End Immigration Detention Network (including No One Is Illegal – Ottawa & Toronto, and Fuerza Puwersa).

http://www.endimmigrationdetention.com | www.fb.com/EndImmigrationDetention | www.migrantstrike.com

* Backgrounder: http://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=5854