May 28, 2018
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Please sign the Parliamentary petition calling for an independent public inquiry into Hassan Diab’s case
Recent media coverage of Hassan Diab’s case reveals that Hassan’s 10-year ordeal was the direct consequence of actions of senior officials of the Canadian Department of Justice who urged French authorities to obtain additional “evidence” against Hassan when the case against him was falling apart. DOJ officials requested fingerprint analysis as the results could be very powerful to get Hassan extradited; yet when the RCMP analysis results did not find a match with Hassan’s fingerprints, the DOJ officials withheld this evidence from the extradition court and Hassan’s defence.
Please sign our Parliamentary e-petition calling on the Government of Canada to conduct a thorough and independent public inquiry into Hassan’s case, so no other Canadian would be subjected to the injustices Hassan and his family had to endure. It is troubling that Canada’s deeply flawed extradition law continues to put all Canadians at risk.
To sign the petition, please visit:
We need to get the biggest number of signatures possible before the petition closes on September 13, 2018. Please sign the petition and share it widely!
(Note: The petition can be signed by Canadian residents and citizens living anywhere in the world.)
Canadian civil society organizations call for a public inquiry into Hassan Diab’s Case
Canadian civil society and human rights organisations have written to the Government of Canada urging it to launch a thorough and independent public inquiry into Hassan Diab’s case.
In an open letter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs, Amnesty International Canada and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) wrote:
“[G]iven the revelations that Canadian government lawyers may be directly implicated in the shortcomings, failures and possible wrongdoing that led to his extradition, it is clearly not appropriate for this to go forward as a largely internal review carried out by the very Department that may be responsible for transgressions… We urge you to move quickly to appoint an independent commissioner to conduct a thorough and public inquiry into Dr. Diab’s case, ensuring that the person appointed has full access to and powers to compel disclosure of any and all relevant information.”
Read letters from organisations calling for an independent public inquiry about Hassan Diab’s case:
- Letter from Amnesty International Canada and BCCLA
- Letter from Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
- Letter from Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National
- Letter from Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario
- letter from Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) – English
- Letter from Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) – French
- Letter from International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)
Press conference regarding call for public inquiry: Wednesday May 30, 2018, 10:30 AM, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
On Wednesday May 30, Hassan Diab, Don Bayne (Hassan’s lawyer in Canada), Alex Neve (Secretary General of Amnesty International, Canada), Chantal Vallerand (Director of Operations, Canadian Association of University Teachers) and the Hassan Diab Support Committee, will hold a press conference regarding their call for an independent public inquiry into the role played by the Canadian Department of Justice lawyers in Hassan’s extradition to France in November 2014.
The public inquiry needs to include a thorough examination of Canada’s Extradition Act with a view to substantial reform. Questions must be asked and answered about the degree to which racial and/or religious profiling have played a role in the application of the Canadian extradition process.
What: Press Conference Calling for a Public Inquiry into Hassan Diab’s Case
When: Wednesday May 30, 2018, 10.30 AM
Where: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Map
Please join our rally at 10:15 AM outside the press conference on Parliament Hill, with our signs and banners to show our support for Hassan and a public inquiry.
You can watch the press conference live via a livesteam provided by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG). To watch the livestream, go to the ICLMG Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/iclmg.csilc. The livestream will be the top post on the page, or you may access it by clicking on a link on the left side of the page labeled “Video LIVE”.
Discussion: “Hassan Diab’s Story and the Fight Ahead”, Ottawa, Monday, June 11, 7:30 PM
Join Hassan Diab and his Canadian lawyer, Don Bayne, for an evening of discussion on Hassan’s 10-year ordeal and the fight ahead to reform Canada’s Extradition Act and practices that led to the violation of his rights.
What: “Hassan Diab’s Story and the Fight Ahead”
When: Monday June 11, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9.30 PM EDT
Where: 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Map
This event is open to the public.
Le panel sera en anglais mais vous pourrez poser vos questions en français.
For more information:
Thank you for your ongoing support!