Join the “Bring Hassan Home” Campaign

Away from home: 261 days

On November 14, 2015, Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France, torn from his family and community, and incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 rue Copernic bombing. He is not an anti-Semite, and he strongly condemns all forms of bigotry and violence. His palm prints and fingerprints do not match those of the suspect. Yet he can expect to remain in prison for up to two years while the examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial.

Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign by signing the following statement.

“Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France based on a handwriting analysis report that the Canadian extradition judge described as “convoluted, very confusing, with conclusions that are suspect”. Hassan is now incarcerated in a French prison where he may remain up to two years while the examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial. I am deeply concerned that Hassan may be wrongfully convicted under France’s anti-terrorism laws, based on deeply flawed handwriting analysis and the use of secret, unsourced intelligence. I support Hassan’s legal defence in France, so he has a real chance to fight for justice and return to his home in Canada. We must make sure that the real perpetrators of the rue Copernic crime are brought to justice. Making an innocent man pay for a crime he did not commit will only further the tragedy.”

To sign the above statement, send an email to diabsupport@gmail.com indicating that you wish to add your name to the Bring Hassan Home Campaign statement.

Click here to see current signatures on the above Statement.

If you would like to make a donation to Hassan’s legal defence in France, please visit the following page and make a donation (any amount is appreciated and can make a difference!): http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/donate

Your ongoing support is vital to protect Hassan’s rights, to give Hassan a real chance to regain his freedom, and to bring him back to his home in Canada.

Hassan extends his deepest gratitude to his supporters for their steadfast support. It means so much to him and his family to know that supporters like you are still pulling for him.


“The Nightmare”
A poem by Hassan Diab

It is dark; it is night
I lay awake waiting
For the nightmare to end
It is light; it is day
The nightmare is still there
Always there; at all times
I eat; I read; I sleep and
The nightmare is my companion
It never leaves me
I beg; I plead, but it never goes away
Sometimes I see light glimpses of my old life
So much has changed; so much has been lost
I wonder how and why
I wonder when the truth will shine
I wonder when I will be free

Civil society must prevent Hassan Diab’s wrongful conviction

Article by Tyler Levitan
Published by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed
May 22, 2015

“Not only do Diab’s fingerprints not match those found on a rental car, nor on a French police shoplifting report on the suspected bomber, nor on the suspect’s hotel registration card, but the evidence presented by the French authorities related to handwriting was even withdrawn on two occasions, after it was exposed that the comparison samples used did not belong to Diab.”

“In France, the handwriting analyses based on someone else’s writing were submitted to Diab’s April 3 bail hearing, despite having been withdrawn from the Canadian courts.”

“Diab is not anti-Semitic. On the contrary, he is, by all objective accounts, a man devoted to human rights and social justice, opposing all forms of racism.”

“It is incumbent on civil society, both in Europe and North America, to continue to pressure our governments to demand the immediate release of Diab, who has been the victim of faulty evidence, and could become the victim of a wrongful conviction – unless we intervene in time.”

To read the full article:

http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2015/5/27/civil-society-must-prevent-hassan-diabs-wrongful-conviction

Presentation about Hassan Diab’s Case, Ottawa, June 5 2015

You are invited to attend the following presentation about Dr. Hassan Diab’s case at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa.

Title: “The Case of Hassan Diab: Racism, Extradition Law and Citizenship in Canada”
Speaker: Dr. Peter Gose, Professor of Anthropology, Carleton University
When: Friday, June 5, 2015, 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Where: University of Ottawa, Jock-Turcot University Centre, Room 205 – Map
Hosted by: Canadian Peace Research Association at Congress

Dr. Diab’s extradition and the cynical legal proceedings that led to it starkly reveal the racialized limits of citizenship and Charter rights in Canada.

This event is free and open to the general public. No registration is necessary.

For more information: http://congress2015.ca/program/events/case-hassan-diab-racism-extradition-law-and-citizenship-canada

Independent Jewish Voices Demands Justice for Hassan Diab

Independent Jewish Voices – Canada (IJV Canada) is outraged by the extradition of fellow citizen and human rights advocate, Dr. Hassan Diab, and is demanding for his release from French custody. Dr. Diab has been wrongfully accused of playing a role in the 1980 Paris synagogue bombing.

The evidence levelled against Dr. Diab is “confusing,” “weak,” and “suspect” according to the Canadian extradition judge. His fingerprints do not match those of the suspect, and the evidence brought forth by the French authorities on this matter was even withdrawn, after several internationally-renowned hand-writing experts testified that the handwriting analysis submitted by France is flawed and unreliable.

It is disturbing that Canada has permitted the extradition of a Canadian citizen on very unsuitable grounds, and without providing him with a fair trial under due process of the law. The intelligence evidence being used against Dr. Diab has not been made available to his defence, and it was likely obtained under torture. France does not extradite its own citizens, yet Canada has extradited Dr. Diab without a shred of credible evidence being presented against him.

IJV Canada is very concerned that Dr. Diab will not be granted a fair trial in France. It appears that France’s anti-terrorism laws and use of secret evidence will be used unjustly against Dr. Diab to push for a conviction.

We call on the government of France to abandon its case against Dr. Diab so that he can avoid being the victim of a wrongful conviction. Dr. Diab is being detained in a foreign state on charges for which he has no connection.

Alfred Dreyfus, a French-Jewish citizen, was wrongfully convicted of treason based on faulty evidence. In a climate of anti-Semitism, this blatant injustice was able to take place. Thankfully, strong public opposition within segments of French society pressured the government to re-open the case, which led to the acquittal of Dreyfus on all charges.

It is incumbent upon people and organizations of conscience in France to demand from their government that Dr. Diab be immediately granted his freedom. Much like Dreyfus, Dr. Diab is a victim of faulty evidence, which has led to an enormous injustice against him within today’s climate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment.

IJV Canada calls upon the people and civil society organizations of France to join us and our allies in Canada, including Amnesty International Canada, the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers, to demand from the French government that the case against Dr. Diab be withdrawn, and allow him to return home to his family and friends.

April 2015

For more information contact: Tyler Levitan, Campaigns Coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices – Canada, tyler@ijvcanada.org

A Canadian in Paris: Hassan Diab’s Indefinite Jail Journey

“A Canadian in Paris: Hassan Diab’s Indefinite Jail Journey”
Article by Matthew Behrens in Rabble.ca

“[Hassan] Diab now sits in a cell in the largest prison in Europe for 20 hours a day. This is directly due to the fact that in 2011, Ontario Court judge Robert Maranger upheld the extradition order, despite his conclusion that the case against Diab was ‘weak,’ ‘suspect,’ and ‘confusing,’ concluding ‘the case presented by the Republic of France against Mr. Diab is a weak case; the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial, seem unlikely’…

His supporters fear that he will not receive a fair trial in France’s much-criticized anti-terrorism courts. Indeed, Human Rights Watch noted that French ‘decisions to arrest suspects and place them under formal investigation are based on a low standard of proof’…”

Read the full article:
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2015/02/canadian-paris-hassan-diabs-indefinite-jail-journey