Answers demanded on political meddling in immigration detention

MEDIA ADVISORY
June 12, 2014

Media Liaison: Syed Hussan, 416 453 3632, hussansk@gmail.com, No One Is Illegal – Toronto

Answers demanded on political meddling in immigration detention

Ottawa — Days after a report revealed political interference in federal immigration detention decision making, family members and supporters of immigration detainees are converging in Ottawa demanding answers from Prime Minister Harper and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. This protests are taking place as over a 100 immigrants jailed in three different maximum security prisons boycott their detention review hearings. Detainees have been protesting their endless jail terms since September 2013.

Rally and March to End Immigration Detention
1pm, June 15th, 2014
Rally at University of Ottawa, FSS building, 120 University ‎private drive.
March to Border Enforcement Headquarters

BACKGROUND

On Monday, June 9th 2014, a new report on immigration detention exposed signs of political interference in immigration detention review processes. Release rates in Ontario fell suspiciously from 21% in 2008 to 11.5% in 2012 and 9.3% in 2013. The report Indefinite, arbitrary and unfair: The truth about immigration detention in Canada showed that a migrants’ chances of release are determined by which board member hears their case, and where in the country they are jailed. Read the infographic based report at http://www.truthaboutdetention.com

Nearly 80,000 immigrants have been detained under the current federal government. Over a third of the immigrants detained at any time are held in one of 142 mostly maximum-security prisons across Canada. At least 203 children were jailed in 2013. Canada is one of the few countries in the “west” that does not have a limit on detentions pending deportation. These detentions are taking place in the context of increased temporary immigration status for workers, parents, grandparents and spouses, as well as declining refugee acceptance which is forcing many to choose to live undocumented in Canada.

Toronto Star editorial (June 10): Red flags over Canada’s approach to detaining migrants who pose a flight risk.
CBC Metro Morning (June 10): Immigration Detention

Source
http://www.endimmigrationdetention.com

Groundbreaking report on immigration jail reveals troubling patterns, signs of political interference.

MEDIA RELEASE
END IMMIGRATION DETENTION NETWORK

Contact: Syed Hussan (416 453 3632), Tings Chak (416 276 2174), Macdonald Scott (647 761 3860).
For hi-def footage of press conference, please email migrantstrike@gmail.com

truth about detention

June 9, 2014, Toronto – Weeks after the controversy surrounding Supreme Court appointments, Prime Minister Harper may be back in hot water, having to explain systematic reductions in release of jailed immigrants. Indefinite, arbitrary and unfair: the truth about immigration detention, a new report released on http://www.truthaboutdetention.com, reveals that release rates in Ontario fell suspiciously from 21% in 2008 to 11.5% in 2012 and 9.3% in 2013. (Download the report here)

“Harper and Steven Blaney have a lot of explaining to do. Why are fewer immigrants being released from jail each year?” says report writer and No One Is Illegal – Toronto member Syed Hussan. “Was there a political decision, and if so who made it and why?”

Using government documents obtained through Access to Information and Privacy Act requests, the report by the End Immigration Detention Network also found that release rates vary widely between 5% and 38% for individual decision makers. For example, Valerie Currie ruled on 443 Detention Reviews but only released 21 migrants (5.0%) while Maria-Louise Cote oversaw 303 Detention Reviews and released 100 migrants (33%).

“Immigration detainees in three jails across Ontario are boycotting their detention reviews insisting that the reviews are stacked against them. Our report proves them right” says report designer and No One Is Illegal – Toronto member Tings Chak. “Your chances of release should not be the luck of the draw. It shouldn’t just be up to individual decision makers, particularly not decision makers who seem to be under political influence.”

Researchers also found variations regionally. The chances of a detainee being released in the Central region (Ontario minus Ottawa and Kingston) is 9%, the chances of release are 24% in Eastern Canada and 27% in Western Canada. In the five year period 2009-2013, detainees were held for 10 days in Pacific Canada but were jailed for 38 days in Northern Ontario.

“Canada is a rogue nation that breaks from international norms and many Western countries in that it doesn’t have a limit on detentions pending deportation. This is justified through the existence of the detention review process” explains Macdonald Scott, an immigration consultant with Carranza LLP and one of the reviewers of the report. “This report shows that process is arbitrary, and that throws the fairness of the entire immigration detention regime into question.”

This report comes eight months after immigrants jailed in a maximum security prison in Lindsay Ontario began a protest against endless detentions and prison conditions. Detainees started a hunger strike, with two detainees staying on it for 65 days. 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 like the boycott that began on June 2nd are continuing.

“The immigration detention system operates in the shadows. Few people know about it. Our report reveals the truth and it’s not pretty,” adds Hussan. “Migrants are being locked away for years, away from their families and friends, wasting away without an end in sight. We have to remember these detainees aren’t in jail for a crime; they are locked away because a Board Member believes they might not show up for future procedures. Is that enough of a reason to deprive someone of their liberty for up to a decade?”

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Findings from Indefinite, arbitrary, and endless: The truth about immigration detention
Download the full report at http://www.truthaboutdetention.com

Our research shows that the detention review system is rife with disturbing discrepancies between different immigration detention board members’ decisions. At the same time, the report highlights suspicious ‘consistencies’, which point to federal political pressure. This puts the justice and fairness of the entire immigration system into doubt. We found that:

· The rates of release between the 44 different members overseeing detention reviews in 2013 vary widely. For example, Valerie Currie ruled on 443 Detention Reviews but only released 21 migrants (5.0%); Marilou Funston ruled on 513 Detention Reviews but only released33 migrants (6%). On the other hand, Yves Dumolin oversaw 325 Detention Reviews and released 76 migrants (24%) and Maria-Louise Cote oversaw 303 Detention Reviews and released 100 migrants (33%).

· Members’ rates of release also vary regionally. We found that in 2013, rates of release in Eastern and Western Canada19 were 24% and 27% respectively; the rate of release for Central Canada (Ontario except Ottawa and Kingston) was only 9%. In fact, the rate of release of every member in the Central region was below the national average of 15%.

Eastern Region is responsible for Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Ottawa and Kingston (Ontario); the Western Region is responsible for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Yukon; Central Canada is responsible for Ontario (except Ottawa and Kingston).

· Looking deeper into the Central region, we found that overall rates of release for Board Members in Central Region who worked in 2008, 2012 and 2013 (the three years we got data for) systematically fell each year. In 2008, the average release rate of the 13 members was 21.0%, which fell to 11.5% in 2012 and 9.3% in 2013.

It defies belief that such a systematic reduction took place in absence of a policy directive or a political decision. We requested all such policy memos and received no documents that showed an actual policy change. Any policy or decision to systematically reduce release rates would be political interference in the detention review process, throwing the entire detention system’s fairness and integrity into doubt.

· Our research also showed a massive difference between the average numbers of days immigrants were incarcerated across the country. In the five-year period 2009-2013, detainees were held for 10 days on average in Pacific Canada, and 12 days in Southern Ontario, but were held for an average of 32 days in the Prairies and 38 days in Northern Ontario.

New report will expose signs of political interference in federal immigration detention decisions

Media Contact: Tings Chak, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, 416-276-2174

Toronto — End Immigration Detention Network will launch a ground-breaking exposé analyzing federal immigration detention and release trends obtained through dozens of Privacy Act requests over the last year at a press conference and online at http://www.truthaboutdetention.com

Endless, Arbitrary & Unfair: The truth about immigration detention in Canada shows disturbing discrepancies between different immigration detention board members’ decisions. At the same time, the report highlights suspicious ‘consistencies’ which points to federal political pressure. If such political pressure was proven it would put the fairness of the entire immigration detention system into doubt. The report is being launched as over 100 detainees in three maximum-security prisons in Ontario boycott their detention reviews.

WHAT: Media launch of expose “Endless, Arbitrary & Unfair: The truth about immigration detention in Canada”
WHEN: 10am, June 9th, 2014
WHERE: Room 206, 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
WHO: Immigrant justice advocates, researchers, constitutional lawyers and ex-immigration detainees
VISUALS: Infographic images of all the key trends, short video launch, and the physical report. Continue reading

Jailed immigrants begin historic boycott of ‘Detention Reviews’

End Immigration Detention Network
MEDIA ADVISORY
Monday, June 2, 2014

Media Contacts: Macdonald Scott (647 761 3860), Emelina Ramos (519-328-8835) , Syed Hussan (416-453-3632)

Jailed immigrants begin historic boycott of ‘Detention Reviews’

Ground-breaking exposé on Canadian immigration detention to be released 10am, June 9th, 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. A protest is scheduled at the National Headquarters of Immigration Enforcement in Ottawa on June 15th.

Ontario – Immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene and Toronto’s Metro West Detention Centre are starting a historical month-long boycott of their detention reviews today insisting that the process is biased, unfair and stacked against them.

Detention Reviews (DR) are the centerpiece of the immigration detention system. 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.

A.K. an immigration detainee who boycotted his DR this morning, usually done via video conferencing, says “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.” Continue reading

MEDIA ADVISORY: Petitions with 10,000 signatures to be delivered to Immigration Enforcement calling for civilian oversight and end to indefinite detention

FEBRUARY 28, 2014
 
Media Contact: Mina Ramos (519-328-8835) Tings Chak (416-276-2174)
Toronto — Rallies and actions are being held in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and London to mark the two month anniversary of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s suicide in Vancouver immigration enforcement custody, and the five month anniversary of the historic immigration detainee strike against indefinite detention in a maximum security prison in Lindsay, Ontario. Petitions calling for civilian oversight of CBSA, a 90-day limit on detention pending deportation, an end to maximum security incarceration and overhaul of detention review processes will be delivered to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) GTA Headquarters at 6900 Airport Road at 2:45pm.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Rally at Lindsay jail calls for end to indefinite immigration detention

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Media Liaison: Tings Chak, No One Is Illegal Toronto & End Immigration Detention Network, (416 276 2174)

Toronto & Lindsay, ON – Bus loads of friends, families and supporters of immigration detainees are enduring the cold and gathering at Lindsay’s maximum security jail from several cities across Ontario, with one demand: ‘End Indefinite Immigration Detention’. Inside the prison, over 100 immigration detainees are on a ‘hunger-fast’ protesting their incarceration in a maximum-security prison, and calling for their release.

“Jailing migrants for no crime but that of being born elsewhere is unjust, and indefensible!” says End Immigration Detention Network member Tings Chak, at the rally in Christie Pits Park before nearly 200 people boarded buses to Lindsay jail. “Jailing people indefinitely, with no end in sight is utterly inhumane.”

About 10,000 people are jailed by immigration enforcement each year. Nearly 500 people are in detention on any given day, over a third of who are held in maximum-security prisons. Immigration Enforcement says that at least 60 people have been detained for over a year. Michael Mvogo has been held for seven years and a detainee who could be Mbuyisa Makhubu, has been detained for 10 years.

“Harper is continuing to pass laws that strip away the status’ of migrant families, while building bigger prisons where we can be locked away,” added End Immigration Detention member Emelina Ramos outside Lindsay jail as family members sang and beat drums.

“We are here to insist that immigration detention in maximum security prisons and indefinite immigration detention will no longer continue in silence,” Ramos said to cheers as detainees could be seen waving from their cells.

On September 16th, nearly 200 migrant detainees in Lindsay jail began protest actions that have captured widespread attention. Detainees have gone on hunger strike (2 of them for 65 days), refused to enter their cells, boycotted their detention reviews and organized other political actions. In retaliation, immigration enforcement has deported some key strike organizers, moved others into prisons across Ontario, and locked up hunger strikers in segregation. Yet, strike actions are continuing.

“The United States and the European Union have a limit on how long migrants can be jailed pending deportation,” explains Karin Baqi, staff lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. “Canada is contravening recommendations made by the United Nations and jailing migrants indefinitely. We are demanding that a 90 day limit be imposed on detention pending deportation, that migrants not be held in max security jails and the adjudication process be overhauled.”

“Canada Border Services Agency says that immigration detention of these migrants isn’t aboutpunishment but rather prevention, yet many migrants are held in immigration detention for periods that far exceed prison sentences for serious crimes,” Baqi adds. “At the same time we need to question the notion of preventative detention itself.”

“My son has been in jail for over 28 months and his life is just passing him by. Canada can’t deport him anywhere, they flew him to Tanzania, but he’s not from Tanzania and the Tanzanians sent him back. If he was out with his family, he could be putting his life together and getting his refugee status back, instead he’s just wasting away in a prison cell,” says Mohamed Mjasiri. “We are calling on people across Canada to join us and insist that the Canadian government release our son and others indefinitely detained.”

Mr Mjasiri’s son Amin Mjasiri was on hunger strike for 65 days. For the last ten days of his strike, he was locked up in solitary confinement, denied phone calls, and access to legal counsel, he was forced to go off his hunger strike.

Earlier this week Naomi Klein, John Greyson, Council of Canadians, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Law Union of Ontario, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Public Services Alliance of Canada – Ontario, Shit Harper Did, and over 70 other leading labour, civil society, grassroots groups and individuals spoke out against indefinite detention, maximum security incarceration of migrants and an overhaul of the adjudication process. Full list of endorsers and demands: https://endimmigrationdetention.com/endorsers/

“Harper’s laws are ‘tough on crime’ but soft on facts. Canada lags shamefully behind other countries that limit detentions pending deportations, resulting in the jailing of migrants indefinitely. This is unjust and must stop. Immigrants shouldn’t be held in maximum security prisons and they surely shouldn’t be held indefinitely,” said Brent Patterson, Political Director of the Council of Canadians.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Immigration detainees re-start hunger fast; hundreds rally outside Lindsay jail.

End Immigration Detention Network
MEDIA ADVISORY
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Media Liaison: Karin Baqi and Tings Chak

Immigration detainees re-start hunger fast; hundreds rally outside Lindsay jail.

Media Briefings at Christie Pits, Bloor St, Toronto at 11:00am and at Lindsay prison at 1:00pm, Dec 14th.

Lindsay, ON – Immigration detainees at the Centre East Correctional Centre, some of whom who have been indefinitely held for as long as seven years are calling for their release and an end to indefinite detention and maximum security incarceration by staging a 72 hour hunger fast. Family members, supporters and friends will by rallying outside of the jail in support. Buses and cars are departing from Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener, Hamilton, Peterborough and other parts of Ontario.

WHAT: Immigration detainees on hunger fast, and rally outside
WHEN: 1:00pm, Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Media Briefing also at 11am in Toronto.
WHERE: Central East Correctional Centre, Lindsay (1pm) and Christie Pits Park, Toronto (11am)
VISUALS: Toronto, over 100 family members and supporters will board buses carrying signs and banners, statements to be made by family members. Lindsay, at least 200 supporters and family members, playing music and holding up signs.

Opposition against indefinite immigration detention is growing. On Wednesday, over 70 leading labour, civil society, grassroots groups and individuals joined with migrant detainees in Lindsay, ON, and their families calling for an end to indefinite detention, maximum security incarceration of migrants and an overhaul of the adjudication process. Migrants in Lindsay have been on strike since September 17th. They have gone on hunger strike (two of them for over 60 days), refused to attend their detention hearings or enter their cells; and participated in other political actions. Striking migrants have faced reprisals with many deported, locked up in segregation, moved to other prisons and denied access to legal counsel.

Full list of endorsers and demands: https://endimmigrationdetention.com/endorsers/. Continue reading

MEDIA ADVISORY: Opposition growing against indefinite immigration detention in Canada

DECEMBER 11, 2013

Toronto – Naomi Klein, John Greyson, Council of Canadians, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Law Union of Ontario, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Public Services Alliance of Canada – Ontario, Shit Harper Did, and over 50 other leading labour, civil society, grassroots groups and individuals representing over a million people have joined with migrant detainees in Lindsay, ON, and their families calling for an end to indefinite detention, maximum security incarceration of migrants and an overhaul of the adjudication process.

Full list of endorsers and demands: https://endimmigrationdetention.com/endorsers/

Migrants in Lindsay, ON, have been on strike since September 17th. They have gone on hunger strike (two of them for over 60 days), refused to attend their detention hearings or enter their cells; and participated in other political actions. Striking migrants have faced reprisals with many deported, locked up in segregation, moved to other prisons and denied access to legal counsel. Yet actions have continued. A demonstration is now planned at Lindsay jail at 1pm on December 14th, with migrants on the inside organizing a 24 hour fast.

“Harper has been taking apart the immigration system, increasing temporary workers and denying status to families and refugees. Too many of these migrants are being held indefinitely at huge cost with no results,” says Denis Lemelin, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. “The labour movement is united behind real immigration reform and an end to unjust detentions and deportations.”

“Harper’s laws are ‘tough on crime’ but soft on facts. Canada lags shamefully behind other countries that limit detentions pending deportations, resulting in the jailing of migrants indefinitely. This is unjust and must stop. Immigrants shouldn’t be held in maximum security prisons and they surely shouldn’t be held indefinitely,” says Brent Patterson, Political Director of the Council of Canadians.

“Unlike the United States and the European Union, Canada has no limit on how long migrants can be held pending a deportation. When Canada can’t deport migrants because of lack of travel documents or due to the political climate of home countries, these migrants become indefinitely detained,” explains Margaret Parsons, Executive Director of the African Canadian Legal Clinic. “Detained migrants are predominantly racialized people that are being denied status wholesale, and then being punished for just simply living here.”

“It was very moving and upsetting to meet some of the Lindsay detainees a few weeks ago. So much of what they described to us struck a chord, given what we just went through in Cairo. For detainees and their families, to suffer indefinite detention is to be consigned to a terrible limbo, not knowing what the future holds, not knowing how long the ordeal will last. I hope that people across the country join the detainees and their families calling for their release and an end to this injustice,” says John Greyson who was held in a jail in Cairo for 51 days.

“My son has been in jail for over 28 months and his life is just passing him by. Canada can’t deport him anywhere, they flew him to Tanzania and the Tanzanians sent him back. If he was out with his family, he could be putting his life together and getting his refugee status back, instead he’s just wasting away in a prison cell,” says Mohamed Mjasiri. “We are calling on people across Canada to join us and insist that the Canadian government release our son and others indefinitely detained.”

“Canada steals immigration status from families, forcing them to live without documents and in fear. Many are jailed in maximum security prisons, without access to release and then deported to places they don’t want to go to. To add to this injustice, some migrants are locked up in limbo, they can’t be deported and won’t be released. This is a broken system and in need of an overhaul. We need to end detentions and deportations starting with an end to indefinite detention,” says Syed Hussan from No One Is Illegal – Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Macdonald Scott, Organizer, No One Is Illegal – Toronto / End Immigration Detention Network
Cell: 647 761 3860

Syed Hussan, Organizer, No One Is Illegal – Toronto / End Immigration Detention Network
Cell: (416) 453 3632
Email: hussansk@gmail.com

Elizabeth Berman, Media Officer, Council of Canadians
Office: (613) 233-2773 ext.223
Email: eberman@canadians.org

Virgina A. Nelder, Staff Lawyer, African Canadian Legal Clinic
Office: 416.214.4747 ext. 26
Email: nelderv@lao.on.ca

MEDIA ADVISORY: Family gravely concerned about son on hunger strike

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Media: Mac Scott, Carranza LLP 647-761-3860Josh Gilbert, Fuerza/Puwersa Guelph  226-979-4682Syed Hussan, No One Is Illegal Toronto  416 453 3632  (To contact the Mjasiri family)

Mjasiri family and supporters have lost contact with Amin Mjasiri who has been on hunger strike for almost 60 days

Toronto, Ontario – Immigration detainee Amin Mjasiri, detained for over 28 months, has been on hunger strike in the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario for 58 days. Neither family, supporters nor legal counsel have heard from Amin in almost two weeks and concerns are growing for his well being. Amin has been kept in segregation for nearly 40 days. Today, Amin’s family are launching a petition calling on Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to release him and those in indefinite detention.

Petition: www.change.org/petitions/harper-free-our-son-amin-mjasiri-who-has-been-on-hunger-strike-since-sep-23

“My wife and I have not been in touch with our son, Amin Mjasiri, for weeks. He has been on hunger strike in segregation for almost 60 days, and we do not know how he is doing” says Amin’s father Mohamed Mjasiri. “Our family is extremely concerned about his well-being, and we are urging Prime Minister Harper to intervene before we lose our son. Holding him in detention indefinitely is of no benefit to him, his family or the general public. Today, we are launching a petition urging others across Canada to join in our request.”

Amin is striking in order to protest his indefinite immigration detention and is calling for his freedom. For this he has been punished by spending the past 40 days in solitary confinement.

Doctor Tarek Loubani, who went to visit Amin on November 4th says  “As a physician and as a Canadian, I am troubled by the fact that I was denied a visit with Mr. Amin Mjasiri. I am also troubled by the insistence of prison officials that Mr. Amin Mjasiri is not allowed independent medical examination.”

“These detainees must be freed immediately, and Canada must observe the basic human right for all people to be not be jailed without charge or cause,” Loubani continues.

Immigration consultant Macdonald Scott has been retained by Amin Mjasiri’s family but has been unable to speak to him. “Mr Mjasiri is on hunger strike to protest his indefinite detention that contravenes international legal norms and United Nations recommendations. Instead of providing him fair access to legal counsel, Immigration Enforcement and the Provincial Correctional Services have locked him in solitary confinement for peacefully protesting his unjust incarceration.”

Josh Gilbert, a member of the End Immigration Detention Network, who had been in frequent contact with Amin by phone shares the concerns of the Mjasiri family.

“The last time I spoke with Amin Mjasiri, he told me that he and Lynval Daley were being mistreated by the guards in segregation. He told me they would taunt him and felt like they were being silenced for peacefully protesting their unjust multi-year detention.  Amin told me just in the last 30 days there had been two fires in segregation. Whenever we spoke he would tell me that he would phone me every other day and that was a week and a half ago. I haven’t heard from him since.”

“It is quite obvious the Central East Correctional Centre is trying to silence two immigration detainees who have been hunger-striking for almost 60 days to protest their unjust detention in maximum security prison in indefinite detention,” Gilbert adds.”Lynval Daley and Amin Mjasiri have collectively spent over 6 years in immigration detention in maximum security provincial prisons for no charges, essentially for nothing. They are being tortured in segregation for standing up for themselves and can’t be persuaded by anything but freedom.”

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General petition for the hunger strikers (nearly 2000 figures):http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/harper-end-indefinite-immigration-detention

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Tarek Loubani to Visit Immigration Detainees on Hunger Strike in Lindsay Jail

MEDIA ADVISORY
Monday, November 4, 2013

Media Liaison: Syed Hussan, No One Is Illegal – Toronto / End Immigration Detention Network, 416 453 3632

Tarek Loubani and John Greyson to visit immigration detainees on hunger strike in Lindsay jail, demand an end to indefinite detention

Media Briefings on November 4th: 11am (Central East Correctional Centre, Lindsay) and 1:15pm (Federal Court House, 180 Queen West, Toronto)

Toronto, Lindsay — Dr Tarek Loubani, an ER doctor in London, Ontario, who was recently released from seven weeks in prison in Egypt with Toronto film maker John Greyson, will visit detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario. Following the visit, Dr Loubani will address media in Lindsay and then in Toronto alongside detainee’s families and supporters.

Monday will mark 48 days since 191 migrants began strike actions in a maximum security prison in Lindsay, Ontario, to protest their indefinite detention and a broken adjudication process. The detainees are demanding an end to indefinite immigration detention. Some of the men have been in detention for as long as seven years because Canada cannot remove them but in contradiction to international legal practice will not release them. Read detainee profiles and hear directly from them here: https://endimmigrationdetention.com/category/from-detainees/
###More information: www.endimmigrationdetention.com