Canada Must Stop the Train of Injustice and Protect Hassan Diab!

With an unfair trial in France looming, Hassan needs all the help he can get to prevent a miscarriage of justice and a wrongful second 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 his home in Canada.

However, due to political pressure, French prosecutors appealed Hassan’s release, and despite a wealth of evidence exonerating him, the French judiciary set an April 2023 date for trying Hassan for a crime he did not commit.

Given all the injustices Hassan has already faced, we cannot assume a fair outcome to the show trial. If Hassan is convicted, then France will request his extradition a second time. The Government of Canada must put an end to the relentless persecution Hassan is facing and refuse any future request for his extradition.

Enough is enough! Please help by taking the following two actions:

(1) Sign the petition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

       Petition in English
       Pétition en français

Please share the petition with at least 5 people you know, and post it widely on social media. We need a groundswell of support to protect Hassan from a second wrongful extradition!

(2) Send a Postcard to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Please send a postcard to Prime Minister Trudeau. Postcards are available at Octopus Books, 116 Third Avenue, Ottawa. Please drop by Octopus Books to sign a postcard, and get extra postcards to share with others.

If you are not in the Ottawa area, you can order postcards by sending an email to diabsupport@gmail.com. Provide with your postal mailing address and the number of postcards you’d like to receive, and we will gladly mail postcards to you.

(No postage is necessary to mail the postcard from Canada.)

Thank you for your continued support, and best wishes for 2023!

Hassan Diab Support Committee

Press Conference on Dr. Hassan Diab’s Case – November 14, 2022

On November 14, 2022, an online press conference was held to discuss Dr. Hassan Diab’s situation and the urgent need for the Canadian government to protect Hassan from any future request for his extradition to France.

Click here to watch a video of the press conference.

Members of the media heard from:

  • Don Bayne (Hassan Diab’s Canadian lawyer)
  • Roger Clark (Former Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada,1988-1999, and member of the Hassan Diab Support Committee)
  • Rob Currie (Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University)
  • Tim McSorley (National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)
  • Alex Neve (Former Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, 2000-2020, and Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)
  • Jo Wood (Member of the Hassan Diab Support Committee)

In April 2023, Hassan will face an unfair trial in France for a crime he did not commit. This is despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. In 2018, two French investigating judges dismissed all charges against him and freed him unconditionally. All the so-called “evidence” that was presented by France to justify Hassan Diab’s extradition in 2014 has been withdrawn, discredited, or rejected. France has offered NO new “evidence” against Hassan. On the contrary, the alibi evidence, proving that Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing, has proven unshakable.

Please help by taking several actions for justice for Hassan Diab.

Thanks for a Successful Rally on November 13 in Support of Hassan Diab!

Thanks to all the supporters who turned out at the rally in Ottawa on Sunday, November 13, 2022, marking the 8th anniversary of Hassan Diab’s extradition and demanding that the Canadian Government protect Hassan from further injustice.

For videos of the speakers at the event, click: here

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Participants gathered to protest against France’s decision to put Hassan Diab on trial in April 2023, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. In 2018, two French investigating judges dismissed all charges against Hassan and freed him unconditionally. All the so-called “evidence” that was presented by France to justify Hassan’s extradition in 2014 has been withdrawn, discredited, or rejected. France has offered NO new “evidence” against Hassan. On the contrary, the alibi evidence showing that Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing has proven unshakable.

At the rally, Matthew Behrens (Social justice advocate; coordinator of the “Homes not Bombs” non-violent direct action network) was MC.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Deborah Conners and students from her class at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University
  • Rev. Eric Meter (First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa)
  • Eric Schiller (Retired Professor from the University of Ottawa, human rights advocate, and member of the Quakers in Ottawa)
  • Susan Spronk (Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Board Member, Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at Ottawa University)
  • Michelle Weinroth (Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Writer)

Also, statements were read from:

  • Don Davies (NDP Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway since 2008)
  • Diana Ralph (Member and learning coordinator of Or Haneshamah Synagogue and co-cofounder of Independent Jewish Voices)

The Ottawa Raging Grannies sang a song.

Press Conference on the Urgent Need for the Canadian Government to Protect Hassan Diab

Join our press conference on Dr. Hassan Diab’s situation and the urgent need for the Canadian government to protect Hassan from any future request for his extradition to France.

  • What: Press Conference on Hassan Diab
  • When: Monday November 14, 2022, at 10:00 am ET
  • Where: Online (Zoom)

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) will carry a livestream of the press conference on their Facebook page: HERE

Speakers include:

  • Don Bayne (Hassan Diab’s Canadian lawyer)
  • Roger Clark (Former Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada,1988-1999, and member of the Hassan Diab Support Committee)
  • Rob Currie (Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University)
  • Tim McSorley (National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)
  • Alex Neve (Former Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, 2000-2020, and Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)
  • Jo Wood (Member of the Hassan Diab Support Committee)

In April 2023, Hassan will face an unfair trial in France for a crime he did not commit. This is despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. In 2018, two French investigating judges dismissed all charges against him and freed him unconditionally. All the so-called “evidence” that was presented by France to justify Hassan Diab’s extradition in 2014 has been withdrawn, discredited, or rejected. France has offered NO new “evidence” against Hassan. On the contrary, the alibi evidence, proving that Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing, has proven unshakable.

PM Trudeau must honour the words he uttered in 2018: “I think, for Hassan Diab, we have to recognize first of all that what happened to him never should have happened.”

It is essential that we do everything possible to ensure that there will be no further miscarriage of justice. The Canadian Government MUST protect Hassan and refuse any future extradition request from France following the sham trial scheduled for April 2023.

Join Rally Demanding the Canadian Government Protect Hassan Diab from Further Injustice

Please join us for a rally in Ottawa on Sunday November 13, at 1:00 pm ET, demanding that the Canadian Government protect Hassan Diab from further injustice, stop the relentless persecution he is facing, and refuse any future request for Hassan’s extradition.

  • What: Rally Demanding that the Canadian Government Protect Hassan Diab from Further Injustice
  • When: Sunday November 13, 2022, at 1:00 pm ET
  • Where: At the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument, 220 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

(For a list of other actions in November 2022, marking the 8th anniversary of Hassan’s extradition, click here.)

At the rally, Matthew Behrens (Social justice advocate; coordinator of the “Homes not Bombs” non-violent direct action network) will be MC.

Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Eric Meter (First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa)
  • Eric Schiller (Retired Professor from the University of Ottawa, human rights advocate, and member of the Quakers in Ottawa)
  • Susan Spronk (Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Board Member, Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at Ottawa University)
  • Michelle Weinroth (Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Writer)
  • Students from Professor Deborah Conners’ class, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University

Also, statements will be read from:

  • Don Davies (NDP Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway since 2008)
  • Diana Ralph (Member and learning coordinator of Or Haneshamah Synagogue and co-cofounder of Independent Jewish Voices)

The Ottawa Raging Grannies will sing a song.

In April 2023, Hassan will face an unfair trial in France for a crime he did not commit. This is despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. In 2018, two French investigating judges dismissed all charges against him and freed him unconditionally. All the so-called “evidence” that was presented by France to justify Hassan Diab’s extradition in 2014 has been withdrawn, discredited, or rejected. France has offered NO new “evidence” against Hassan. On the contrary, the alibi evidence, proving that Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing, has proven unshakable.

PM Trudeau must honour the words he uttered in 2018: “I think, for Hassan Diab, we have to recognize first of all that what happened to him never should have happened.”

It is essential that we do everything possible to ensure that there will be no further miscarriage of justice. The Canadian Government MUST protect Hassan and refuse any future extradition request from France following the sham trial scheduled for April 2023.