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