Sign the Petition to Protect Hassan Diab from further injustice — and say NO to any future request for extradition!

Please sign the petition calling upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada to: (a) Put an end to the continuing miscarriage of justice that Hassan Diab is facing, and (b) Refuse any future request for Hassan Diab’s extradition.

Petition in English:

Pétition en français:

(Please sign either the English or French version of the petition.)

Exactly 11 years ago, on June 6, 2011, the Canadian extradition judge, Justice Robert Maranger, committed Dr. Hassan Diab for extradition to France. His decision was based solely on deeply flawed handwriting evidence which he described as “convoluted”, “very confusing”, and “with conclusions that are suspect”. Justice Maranger noted that Canada’s extradition law, with its very weak protections, left him no choice but to commit Hassan for extradition.

Hassan was extradited to France in November 2014 and was held for more than three years in a prison near Paris while the investigation into the 1980 Rue Copernic bombing continued. In January of 2018, two French investigative judges determined that there was no evidence linking Hassan to the bombing, and he was released unconditionally and returned to Canada.

In June 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated: “I think, for Hassan Diab, we have to recognize first of all that what happened to him never should have happened […] and make sure that it never happens again.”

However, due to political pressure, French prosecutors appealed Hassan’s release, and despite a wealth of evidence exonerating him, France’s bizarrely unjust and Kafkaesque prosecution continues. In a decision that shocks the conscience, the French judiciary set an April 2023 date for the trial of Hassan, more than five years after he was cleared of all accusations and freed without conditions by French investigative judges. Hassan’s nightmare has returned as he now faces the danger of being extradited yet again to France for a crime he did not commit.

PLEASE sign the English or French version of the petition, and share it widely with family, friends, and your networks. We need a groundswell of support to protect Hassan from a SECOND wrongful extradition!

Unfinished Business: The Hassan Diab Affair Continues

“Many in Ottawa may remember the day he returned to Canada from France. A crowd of longstanding supporters, his wife, and little children received him with open arms and crimson flowers. It was a euphoric moment. Dr. Hassan Diab, the man who was falsely accused of carrying out the 1980 bombing of the Paris synagogue on rue Copernic, who was wrongly extradited in 2014 on the basis of an egregiously flawed handwriting analysis, and who spent more than three years in solitary confinement without charge or formal trial, was finally released on January 12, 2018, from France’s Fleury-Mérogis Prison.

Two French investigative judges, Jean-Marc Herbaut and Richard Foltzer, had studied Diab’s case meticulously over several years (the former even made a trip to Lebanon to interview eye witnesses), and finally declared, ‘There is no evidence to indicate, or even imply, that … investigations will enable [the gathering of] further incriminating evidence against him.’”

Read — and share — the full article By Michelle Weinroth, published in The Bullet on May 11, 2022:

Canada Must Reform its Extradition Law Now!

Canada’s extradition system is broken. It has led to grave rights violations, as we’ve seen in the case of Canadian citizen Dr. Hassan Diab and many others. It needs to be reformed now.

The above video, produced by the International Civil Liberties Association (ICLMG), summarizes the issues with Canada’s Extradition Act, using Hassan Diab’s case as a pertinent example, and presents the recommendations of the Halifax Proposals to reform what Gary Botting, one of the country’s leading authorities on extradition law, called: “the least fair law in Canada”.

Please urge the Canadian government to take immediate action and end the injustice Hassan Diab is facing, by signing the letter:

Panel on “The Least Fair Law in Canada”
April 12, 2022, 12:00 pm ET

Join us for an important discussion on why we must fix the broken extradition system in Canada, and learn about a new blueprint, known as the Halifax Proposals, for how to make it happen.

  • What: Panel on Reforming Canada’s Extradition Act
  • When: Tuesday April 12, 2022, at 12:00 pm ET
  • Featuring:
    • Sharry Aiken, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University and co-editor-in-chief of PKI Global Justice Journal
    • Rob Currie, Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
    • Tim McSorley, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)
    • John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa
  • Plus: A premiere screening of a short video on the problems with the Extradition Act from the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.

Co-hosted by Queen’s University, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.

Note: A recording of the webinar is now available at:

Halifax Proposals for Extradition Reform in Canada

The grave violations of the rights of Dr. Hassan Diab, wrongfully extradited to France, lays bare how the Extradition Act fails Canadian citizens.

On Oct. 21, 2021, media were invited to an exclusive online press briefing on the Halifax Proposals, a new blueprint for urgent reform of Canada’s Extradition Act (1999), developed by leading extradition, legal, and human rights experts in Canada. The proposals present a clear path for Canadian MPs and the incoming government to address the significant failings in Canada’s extradition system.

At the briefing, Don Bayne (Hassan Diab’s Canadian lawyer), Rob Currie (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University), and John Packer (Director of the Human Rights Research & Education Centre, University of Ottawa) highlighted the weaknesses and failings of Canada’s Extradition Act, the growing demands for its reform, and presented the Halifax Proposals, a comprehensive model for the fundamental renewal of this essential piece of legislation and its protection of the rights of Canadian citizens.

The briefing was moderated by Sharry Aiken (associate professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University and co-editor-in-chief of PKI Global Justice Journal). It was hosted by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG).

You can read the Halifax Proposals: here