Legal Professionals and Scholars in Canada Support Dr. Hassan Diab

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) has made public an open letter addressed to the Minister of Justice David Lametti. The letter is signed by 118 members of the legal profession and legal scholars in Canada.

In the letter, the signatories call on Minister Lametti and his colleagues to take immediate action to protect the rights of Dr. Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen, who continues to face a 13-year-long Kafkaesque process in the French legal system.

To read the letter and for more information:

https://iclmg.ca/lawyers-letter-diab

Outreach to Canadian Parliamentarians:
Actions You Can Take

This message is a follow-up to our Campaign for Outreach to Canadian Parliamentarians.

The September 20 Federal election in Canada gives us a chance to let politicians know that Hassan Diab’s case is important to us. Here is a list of some ways to do that.

1) Suggested questions to ask parliamentarians and candidates. Read more

2) Interacting with door-to-door election canvassers. Read more

3) Personal meetings with parliamentarians and candidates. Read more

4) Attending all-candidates meetings. Read more

5) Using social media to connect with candidates regarding Hassan’s case. Read more

Please do what you can!

Thank you for your continued support!

Join Our Campaign of Outreach to Canadian Parliamentarians!

The unjust decision on January 27, 2021, by the French Court of Appeal to send Dr. Hassan Diab to trial prolongs Hassan’s Kafkaesque nightmare. This was a shocking turn of events, not least because the Court of Appeal’s ruling was riddled with egregious misrepresentations, logical inconsistencies, and wild fabrications. Worse still, on May 19, 2021, France’s Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) upheld the Court of Appeal’s baseless ruling.

This flagrant miscarriage of justice is clearly political. We are appealing to the Canadian government to end Hassan’s persecution, ensure that Hassan will never face a second extradition, and suspend the Canada/France extradition treaty.

Please help us exert pressure on the Canadian government to end Hassan’s Kafkaesque nightmare and prevent his wrongful conviction!

Campaign of Outreach to Canadian Parliamentarians

The federal election taking place on 20 September, 2021, provides us with an excellent opportunity to increase political and public support for Dr. Hassan Diab. We also anticipate some or all of the following:

  • Announcement in France that a date has been set for Hassan to face trial
  • French demands for Hassan’s presence in France, including his extradition
  • Public discussion of Canada’s Extradition Act

We are launching a major campaign of outreach to Canadian parliamentarians. This election period opens new opportunities for meetings with MPs, Senators, and candidates. We are asking you to look for such opportunities over the coming weeks, making use of the following:

We are asking parliamentarians to commit to the following:

  1. Agree to help in whatever ways possible to end Hassan’s persecution;
  2. Work to ensure that Hassan will never face a second extradition; and
  3. Support the suspension of the Canada/France extradition treaty in light of the failure of the French justice system to protect Hassan’s fundamental rights.

Please continue to emphasise the failure of both Canada and France to protect Hassan from the very beginning, resulting in a horrendous miscarriage of justice and the scapegoating of an innocent man.

Let us know if you would be interested in having a member of the Hassan Diab Support Committee accompany you (virtually or otherwise) to any meeting you are successful in arranging. We would be happy to assist in any way we can.

Feel free to contact Roger Clark (erogclark@gmail.com) if you have any questions or need specific support. Let us know of any meetings that you are able to arrange, and remember to send us a brief summary of the outcome.

Thank you as always for all that you are doing to support Hassan. Let us know if you have any questions. In the meantime, we wish you a good summer and plenty of relaxation.

For more information, please email: Roger Clark at erogclark@gmail.com


Postcards in Support of Hassan Diab

Postcards supporting Dr. Hassan Diab and addressed to Prime Minister Trudeau are now available at Octopus Books in Ottawa.

Be sure to sign a postcard the next time you’re at Octopus Books. No postage is necessary to mail the postcard from Canada.

If you are not in Ottawa, you can order up to 5 postcards by sending an email to diabsupport@gmail.com with your postal mailing address, and we will gladly mail postcards to you.

You can see a photo of the postcard (front and back): here.


Send “Act Now Sir!” Video to PM Justin Trudeau

Michelle Weinroth has written and produced a deeply moving and powerful poem/video about Hassan’s case, asking PM Justin Trudeau to intervene and put an end to Hassan’s ordeal.

Please write to PM Trudeau (pm@pm.gc.ca) and send him the link to the poem/video:

“Act Now Sir!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-ARWZnqm3I

Excerpt from Poem by Michelle Weinroth, addressed to PM Trudeau:

Will you stand up
For a man so cheated?
So vilified and mistreated?
Repair this injustice, Sir!
There is time yet…
Though not much.
Use not excuses as your crutch.
We are at the eleventh hour.
Your moment is here and now
To act and use your power.
Let not indecision mock your name.
Lest history link you
to a scandal of the law.
For such an outrage
will stain your fame
Will dim your glow
and deal your reputation
a stinging blow.
Flex then your moral muscle
Not your forearm.
Show your French peers
the mettle that behooves
a country’s leader
To settle and redress
a matter so unjust
as that of Hassan Diab
A man so viciously
and so vilely wronged
So grievously betrayed
Act now, Sir, not tomorrow.
And put an end to this tale of sorrow.


Hassan Diab Support Committee
Web: http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org
Email: diabsupport@gmail.com

Recent letters and statements by organisations in support of Dr. Hassan Diab

On 27 January 2021, a French Court of Appeal decided to refer Dr. Hassan Diab’s case to trial, three years after a lower court set him free because of overwhelming evidence of his innocence. The decision of the Court of Appeal is the continuation of a long odyssey of injustice that Hassan and his family have endured for more than 12 years. The following organisations have issued public statements in support of Hassan.

Amnesty International
French court ruling in Hassan Diab case deals a devastating blow to justice
“The French court’s decision to keep pursuing this prolonged injustice against Hassan Diab is unacceptable. His family has been through so much over the past 12 years, only to learn that this painful saga is not over. The Canadian government must do everything in its power to have these charges dropped so Hassan and his family can move forward.”

BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)
Canada Must Intervene in Case of Hassan Diab
“Dr. Diab is facing a French Court of Appeal ruling ordering him to stand trial, potentially in absentia, on baseless accusations of terrorism years after a lower court in France cleared his name due to lack of evidence. There is no new evidence being introduced, and this is the first time that the French Court of Appeal has ever overturned the findings of the investigative judges in a terrorism case. We are urging the federal government to commit to not extraditing Dr. Diab and to proactively intervene with their French counterparts to have these charges dropped.”

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
French court’s ruling is a further injustice for Hassan Diab (January 2021)
“Rather than pursuing the continued persecution of Dr. Diab, French authorities should focus on finding the true culprit or culprits of this horrific crime. CAUT will continue to support him in his appeal of this decision to the Supreme Court of France.”

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
To PM Justin Trudeau: Re Your government’s support to intervene in the Hassan Diab case (May 2021)
“The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is deeply concerned by the January ruling of France’s Court of Appeal that Dr. Hassan Diab, a dual Lebanese-Canadian citizen, must stand trial—possibly in absentia—on baseless accusations of terrorism. We are writing to urge your government to refuse extradition requests from France, and to put an immediate end to this failure of fundamental justice… CAUT has closely monitored Dr. Diab’s case since his arrest in 2008 and eventual extradition to France. We’ve since been gravely concerned by the ongoing violations of his civil liberties and human rights.”

Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Letter from CLC President regarding Hassan Diab
“I am writing today, on behalf of three million Canadian workers, to express concern regarding the case of Dr. Hassan Diab… I call on you and your government to honour your words by taking action to put an end to Dr. Hassan Diab’s long and troubling ordeal. To further prolong this miscarriage of justice is an offence to Canadian values and a manifest failure to protect the fundamental human rights of Canadians.”

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau
“We urge your government to ensure the rights of Dr. Diab are protected by committing to not extradite him to France a second time and by proactively intervening with your French counterparts to have the charges against him dropped. The ordeal and travesty of justice that Dr. Diab and his family have endured must end and must not happen to anyone else.”

Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)
CUSJ Speaks on Hassan Diab
“Why did our extradition laws allow Diab to be extradited when there was no credible evidence against him? … It is time for the Canadian government to stand up and take responsibility for their part in this travesty of justice. He [Trudeau] should put pressure on the French government to dismiss these charges and release Professor Diab once and for all. He should call a full public and independent inquiry into the Canadian extradition system. What would be unconscionable would be to send him back to France. That must never happen.”

European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
The Case of Hassan Diab and Issues in Canadian Extradition Law
“In light of the complete lack of evidence against Dr. Hassan Diab continued French prosecutorial
efforts to bring him to trial can only be interpreted as political in nature. While it is understandable that victims of the bombing and their families continue to be upset and pressuring for justice, the further persecution, and prosecution, of an innocent man is not a satisfactory or ethical resolution to this.”

Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
IJV Stands with Hassan Diab: No Evidence, No Trial
“IJV is calling on the Canadian government to take the following three actions: 1) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau must intervene with their French counterparts to put a stop to this endless, Kafkaesque affair; (2) The Prime Minister must put into action his statement of June 20, 2018, that what happened to Dr. Diab should never happen again, and commit to not extraditing him to France a second time; (3) The government must immediately initiate steps to reform its extradition laws to ensure that no other person is forced to suffer through the same ordeal as Dr. Diab ever again.”

International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group ICLMG)
Prime Minister Trudeau Must Intervene after Outrageous Ruling in Hassan Diab’s Case
“It is outrageous that a French court of appeal has decided to overturn the dismissal of the case against Hassan Diab and to order a trial. There has been no new evidence introduced, and nothing that changes the decision from three years ago when the investigating judges released him without charge.”

Just Peace Advocates
Standing with Dr. Hassan Diab
“Just Peace Advocates joins in the call for immediate action by the Canadian government. Over a dozen years ago, Dr. Diab was accused of acts of terrorism in relation to the bombing of a Paris synagogue in 1980. These accusations were proven to be groundless… We too continue to stand with Dr. Diab, his partner Rania, their children and the Justice for Hassan Diab Support Committee until this matter is resolved and Dr. Diab is completely free.”

National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
NUPGE urges Canada to act in case of Hassan Diab
“The Canadian government has a responsibility to take action to right this wrong. I am asking you to raise this matter with your French counterparts and to communicate the view that the proper course of action is for the French authorities to drop these unfounded charges against Diab and to not continue with the prosecution.”

Union Juive Française Pour La Paix (UJFP)
Non a une Nouvelle Extradition de Hassan Diab, Hassan Diab est innocent. (Translation: No to another extradition of Hassan Diab, Hassan Diab is innocent.)
“L’UJFP s’associe au comité Hassan Diab du Canada pour exiger qu’il ne soit pas extradé vers la France. Non au harcèlement judiciaire politique. Liberté totale pour Hassan Diab.”(Translation: “The UJFP is joining forces with the Hassan Diab support committee in Canada to demand that Hassan not be extradited to France. No to political judicial harassment. Total freedom for Hassan Diab.”)

United Jewish People’s Order – Winchevsky Centre
Letter to PM Trudeau — Support Hassan Diab: No Trial
“We at the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO)-Canada call on Justice Minister David Lametti and the federal government to stand by Hassan Diab, a citizen of Canada and an innocent man who France is determined to lock up based on discredited handwriting analysis. We further call on the Canadian government to tell France that the proper course of action is to drop this case.”

Help Us Keep the Pressure On — Petition and Letter-Writing Campaign for Hassan Diab

The unjust decision earlier this year by a French Court of Appeal to send Dr. Hassan Diab to trial prolongs a 13-year miscarriage of justice. The decision ignored overwhelming evidence of Hassan’s innocence, and engaged in contradictory reasoning and unfounded speculation. Even France’s own avocat général had asked the Cour de Cassation to quash the Court of Appeal decision due to its legal flaws. However, the Cour de Cassation upheld the Court of Appeal decision.

Hassan’s Kafkaesque nightmare highlights the human cost of unjust prosecution due to politics, aided and abetted by a Canadian extradition law deficient in human rights protections.

We need to exert pressure on the Canadian government to end Hassan Diab’s persecution and prevent a wrongful conviction!

We have an ongoing Parliamentary petition and letter-writing campaign. If you haven’t done so already, please to sign the petition below:

And please send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. You may write your own letter, or send the online letter at:

Thanks to everyone who already signed the Parliamentary petition and sent a letter to PM Trudeau!

Newest Statements by Organisations Supporting Hassan Diab

The list of civil society and human rights organisations standing in solidarity with Hassan Diab continues to grow. Organisations are urging the Canadian government to intervene, end Hassan’s Kafkaesque nightmare of injustice, and refuse a potential second extradition request from France. The latest statements are from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.

https://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/orgs-support-following-french-appeal-court-decision-20210127

Thank You for a Successful Fundraising Campaign!

Our campaign to raise CAD $37,000 (or 25,000 Euros) to help cover legal fees in France has concluded. Between January 27 and June 10, 2021, we received CAD $38,037 in donations, which exceeded our goal!

We extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all those who donated. THANK YOU for your generosity and support. It means a lot to Hassan and his family. We greatly appreciate your support!

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