Thank You – Hassan Diab Petition Presented to Parliament!

Our latest petition for Dr. Hassan Diab closed on Monday, June 10 with 3,578 signatures. Tremendous thanks to everyone who helped to make our Parliamentary petition a success by signing and sharing the petition!

https://www.ourcommons.ca/petitions/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-4901 (English)
https://www.noscommunes.ca/petitions/fr/Petition/Details?Petition=e-4901 (Français)

The petition calls upon the Government of Canada to “formally declare that Canada will neither accept nor agree to any second request from the French Government for the extradition of Dr. Hassan Diab in connection with the 1980 Paris attack.”

The petition was sponsored by NDP Member of Parliament Heather McPherson (Edmonton Strathcona) who presented the petition to Parliament on Wednesday June 12, 2024. The Canadian Government has 45 calendar days to respond to the petition. If the House is not sitting on that day, the response must be presented at the next sitting of the House. Realistically, we can expect the Government to respond shortly after the House resumes sitting on September 16.

This petition comes on the heels of a report by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (JUST) entitled “Reforming Canada’s Extradition System”, which highlighted Hassan’s case as a shocking example of the shortcomings of Canada’s Extradition Act. The report included 20 recommendations for reforming Canada’s Extradition Act.

https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/44-1/JUST/report-13

The Canadian government must protect Hassan Diab from further injustice, refuse any second request for Hassan’s extradition, and implement the reforms proposed by JUST as soon as possible.

Please spread the word about the petition made to the Canadian Government and the urgent need for a strong positive response.

Parliamentary Petition Closes Soon
Please Sign & Share!

Please sign Parliamentary Petition e-4901 to the Government of Canada and share it widely. The petition closes on June 10.

IMPORTANT: Please check your email immediately after signing the petition and respond to an email asking you to confirm your signature. This will ensure that your name gets added to the petition.

Hassan Diab continues to be subjected to a prolonged and unjust ordeal created by Canada and France. More than one year ago, a French court unjustly declared him guilty and sentenced him in absentia to life in prison for a crime he did not commit. The Canadian government must protect Hassan and say NO to any second extradition request from France.

Hear what supporters are saying about the petition…

One Year on From French Court INJUSTICE, Hassan Diab Remains Unprotected and in Limbo

One year ago, on 21 April 2023, the Special Court of Assize in Paris unjustly declared Canadian citizen Hassan Diab guilty, based on unfounded allegations and flawed intelligence that is not allowed in a Canadian court. He was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for a crime he did not commit: the 1980 bombing outside a Paris synagogue.

Driven by political pressure to scapegoat an innocent man, the Special Court of Assize trial ignored exonerating evidence and the alibi firmly establishing Dr. Diab’s presence in Beirut, Lebanon, at the time of the tragic 1980 attack. The prosecutors were allowed to vilify the accused, filibuster, and steal the defense’s speaking time. The court had no transcripts or other recording of the event.

In a mind-boggling irony, the Court of Assize in 2023 relied on the intelligence that France had withdrawn from the Canadian extradition hearing in 2011 to declare him guilty, AND discarded the handwriting analysis that was used to commit him to extradition in 2014 due to its unreliability.

In short, the intelligence which was withdrawn from the extradition proceedings more than a decade ago became France’s basis for sentencing Hassan Diab to life in prison in 2023. Meanwhile, the handwriting analysis that was used to extradite him was discarded by the Special Court of Assize. In essence, France and Canada cancelled each other’s grounds for inculpating Hassan Diab.

Dr. Hassan Diab continues to be subjected to a prolonged and unjust ordeal created by Canada and France. The French court’s declaration of guilt one year ago prolongs the suffering of Hassan and his family. The Canadian government must say NO to a second extradition request from France (whether already submitted or to be submitted).

Read the full media notice.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Featured Video: Roger Clark invites you to sign our new petition:
https://youtu.be/BwgMiooWe9Q

Petition in English:
https://www.ourcommons.ca/petitions/en/Petition/Sign/e-4901

Pétition en français:
https://www.noscommunes.ca/petitions/fr/Petition/Sign/e-4901

The petition will close for signatures on June 10, 2024, at 1:10 pm (EDT).
Please distribute widely!

Please Phone Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Urging Him to Protect Hassan Diab

Please take a few minutes to phone Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and urge him to protect Dr. Hassan Diab and refuse any request from France for Hassan’s extradition.

Here is PM Trudeau’s contact information:

      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
      Hill Office – House of Commons:
      Phone: 1 (613) 992-4211

      Constituency Office (Montreal, Quebec):
      Phone: 1 (514) 277-6020

When you call, you will probably be transferred to leave your message on an answering machine. Please, leave a polite message, and say your name, town/province, and phone number.

Here is the KEY MESSAGE we want to communicate to the Prime Minister:

  • Canada must protect Hassan Diab and say No to any request from France for his extradition.

Here are some additional things you may wish to say:

  • The government has a moral obligation to protect Hassan.
  • In 2018, Hassan was released after two experienced French investigative judges determined that there was no evidence linking him to the 1980 attack.
  • In declaring Hassan guilty, the French Court of Assize ignored all exonerating evidence and relied on flawed intelligence information that is not allowed in a Canadian Court.
  • Hassan’s fingerprints and palm prints do not match those of the suspect.
  • Hassan and his family have suffered long enough.
  • I am very concerned that France is scapegoating Hassan Diab for a crime he did not commit.
  • Honour the words you said in 2018: “What happened to Hassan Diab never should have happened”, and make sure that it never happens again!

Background

Hassan Diab is a Canadian sociology professor who has taught at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He was wrongfully extradited from Canada to France in 2014 for his alleged involvement in a bombing outside a Paris synagogue in 1980.

After spending over three years in a French prison, two French investigative magistrates found no evidence to send him to trial and released him unconditionally. Dr. Diab returned to his home in Canada in 2018. However, the French prosecutor appealed his release and, on April 21, 2023, Dr. Diab was sentenced in absentia to life in prison.

With this devastating development, it is urgent that we raise awareness about Hassan’s case and protect him from another wrongful extradition to France and life imprisonment for a crime he did not commit.

Thank you for your support!

Hassan Diab Awareness Event,
Carleton University, Ottawa, March 20, 2024

You are invited to a public event at Carleton University in Ottawa.

  • What : HASSAN DIAB AWARENESS EVENT
  • When : Wednesday March 20, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Where: Room 282, Nideyinàn (formerly the University Centre), Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario – https://carleton.ca/campus/map/#NN

SPEAKERS:

  • Hassan Diab – Sociology professor who has taught at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa
  • Roger Clark – Former Secretary General of the Canadian Section of Amnesty International
  • Michelle Weinroth – Writer and teacher living in Ottawa
  • And other special guests

If you cannot attend in person, please join via Zoom.

ZOOM LINK:
https://carleton-ca.zoom.us/j/92695419052?pwd=cFRhMzhyNUVzdGhKcmVsZlNrNWk4dz09
Meeting ID: 926 9541 9052
Passcode: 24689

DETAILS:

  • Learn about Dr. Hassan Diab’s case and the latest developments.
  • Participate in activities in support of Hassan.
  • Contribute to an art piece.
  • Light refreshments will be provided.

SPONSORED BY:

  • Carleton University Students in the “Community-Engaged Sociology” class, Winter 2024

Background

Hassan Diab is a Canadian sociology professor who has taught at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He was wrongfully extradited from Canada to France in 2014 for his alleged involvement in a bombing outside a Paris synagogue in 1980.

After spending over three years in a French prison, two French investigative magistrates found no evidence to send him to trial and released him unconditionally. Dr. Diab returned to his home in Canada in 2018. However, the French prosecutor appealed his release and, on April 21, 2023, Dr. Diab was sentenced in absentia to life in prison.

With this devastating development, it is urgent that we raise awareness about Hassan’s case and protect him from another wrongful extradition to France and life imprisonment for a crime he did not commit.

Please distribute widely!