#ColonialismNoMore supports #MigrantStrike

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In a powerful act of solidarity with day 4 of migrant detainee hunger strike, Colonialism No More – Solidarity Camp Regina (Treaty 4 territory) picketed outside Ralph’s constituency office today in Regina!

“Colonial borders have divided peoples, have separated peoples, and our camp stands with the migrants on hunger strike and all detained people whose lives are in limbo in a colonial system. Together let us insist that immigration detentions is unjust and deadly – it must end! ‪#‎MigrantStrike‬

CALL / EMAIL / TWEET at MINISTER RALPH GOODALE
Ask him to meet the detainees.
613-947-1153 / @RalphGoodale / ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca
SIGN THIS PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/no-more-deaths-no-more-detentions

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Two Year Anniversary of MigrantStrike

“I’m on immigration, I’m going on 3 years now and right now it’s been two years since we did the hunger strike.”

On September 17th, 2013, one hundred and ninety-one immigration detainees held in the Central East Correctional Centre, in Lindsay, Ontario, began a hunger strike calling for an end to their indefinite detention. This past week marked the two year anniversary of beginning of the strike. As the Canadian government continues to detain thousands without trial or charge in prisons across the country, detainees in Lindsay continue to organize and resist.

Today we are releasing some new messages from detainees, recorded over our line to mark the anniversary of the struggle.

“I’m a detainee at Lindsay correctional centre. I’m on immigration, I’m going on 3 years right now and right now it’s been two years since we did the hunger strike. Nothing has changed, everything is the same. I’m a Somalian nationality and Somalia is not issuing me no travel documents and Canada is using their own travel documents to take me back to my country, which is not right. We’re here and we’re trying to stay strong, and want you to know that we are away from our family and our loved ones and hopefully soontime we could be with them. Thank you, you guys, for keeping up the good fight for us and we do appreciate it. Thanks ya’ll.”

Read the detainees demands.

Read the one year anniversary report. Second anniversary report coming soon.

Read our groundbreaking report on immigration detention. 

These walls must fall. These walls will fall. Freedom to move, return, stay!

END IMMIGRATION DETENTION NETWORK RESPONDS TO DEATH IN IMMIGRATION CUSTODY

Toronto, June 12, 2015 – Following the death of a man being held in a Lindsay, Ontario prison, the End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN), Canada’s leading detention watch group, which works with detainees in the same prison, is increasing its call for an end to immigration detention and for the Ontario government to cut ties with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

CBSA is clearly unwilling to act on the death and misery caused by immigration detention. Immigration detention needs to end. The Provincial government is also directly responsible for jailing people that continue to die under its watch,” says Syed Hussan of End Immigration Detention Network.

On June 11, 2015 it was revealed that an immigration detainee, who was being held in Ontario’s maximum security Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, died in a Peterborough hospital after being “restrained” by officers according to Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU).  

The detainee, whose name will be released later this afternoon, died as a result of a lack of appropriate, timely, and effective medical care for his diabetic condition. CBSA is refusing to be transparent about the conditions that led to his death, while concern continues to grow about the inadequate levels of health care provided to detainees. Immigration detainees are held under the jurisdiction of CBSA but in Ontario, a third of all detainees are held in provincial prisons.

EIDN is calling for an inquiry into the causes of death and immediate action to avoid further such tragedies. This is the twelfth reported death in detention custody. EIDN has led a campaign since September 2013 when nearly 200 immigrants in CECC went on hunger strike, calling for an end to immigration detention and demanding that the Ontario government cut ties with CBSA.

EIDN member Caileigh McKnight from Peterborough adds, “This news is yet another heartbreaking reason to end the injustice of immigration detention. The provincial government is locking up people in Ontario’s jails without trial or charge, not providing adequate health care and people are dying.

A GlobalNews report last November documented 11 deaths in immigration detention custody since 2000, including that of Lucia Vega Jimenez, whose passing lead to calls for an independent public inquiry. Canada Border Services Agency has no oversight body.

In September 2014, a leaked Red Cross report found denial of family contact, increasing imprisonment of minors and children, violation of basic legal rights, worsening mental health in detention, and alternatives to detention as key areas of concern. Between 2008 and 2014, the Red Cross were denied visits to Ontario’s jails.

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Media Contact:

Syed Hussan – 416.453.3632

Caileigh McKnight – 705.931.2405

Macdonald Scott – 647.761.3860

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Also, please see:

– Groundbreaking study of immigration detention in Canada: https://endimmigrationdetention.com/2014/06/09/groundbreaking-report-on-immigration-jail-reveals-troubling-patterns-signs-of-political-interference/

– Global News: ‘Canada’s Unwanted: Non-citizens paid to leave, jailed without charge, die in secret.’ http://globalnews.ca/news/1645726/canadas-unwanted-non-citizens-paid-to-leave-jailed-without-charge-die-in-secret/