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Adil Charkaoui is Free

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Adil Charkaoui

ctvmontreal.ca

Six years after the federal government declared him a terrorist and severely restricted his freedom of movement, Adil Charkaoui is a free man.

On Thursday a federal court revoked his security certificate, and lifted all the other restrictions on Charkaoui.

He celebrated the decision by cutting off the electronic leash he's been forced to wear for years.

"Six years of deprivation of freedom, two years in jail, four years with this bracelet and draconian conditions," said Charkaoui.

NONE IS TOO MANY: Canada is failing to protect refugees

Jul/16/2009 - 11:30 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NONE IS TOO MANY: Canada is failing to protect refugees

Toronto - July 16, 2009: Concerned community groups will hold a Press Conference on Thursday July 16, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Roma Community Centre at CultureLink, 2340 Dundas West (Crossways Mall), Suite 301, Toronto (follow Culturelink sign on main floor, go to 3rd Floor)

Community groups are deeply concerned about Canada’s recent decision to impose a visa on those countries, effectively shutting the door on Czech Roma and Mexican refugee who seek protection in Canada.

“Immigration Minister Jason Kenny appears to think that Roma don’t face state-sanctioned persecution in the Czech Republic” said Roma Community Centre Vice President Bill Bila. “Yet Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have stated publicly that the Czech Republic has failed to protect Roma from discrimination and abuse at the hands of public officials and private individuals” he said.

Migrant families challenge immigration application fee

25 June, 2009
Nicholas Keung
IMMIGRATION REPORTER

Should impoverished migrants be exempted from an immigration application fee simply because they can't afford it?

That was the focus of a federal court case in Toronto on Wednesday involving three migrant families who argued that the $550 fee for humanitarian and compassionate applications - a last resort for failed refugee claimants and non-status individuals to stay in Canada - infringes on their constitutional and charter rights.

"The case is about the access to that process," said lawyer Angus Grant, who, along with colleague Andrew Dekany, represented the three families, the Gunthers from Hungary, the Krenas from the Congo and Nell Toussaint, a woman from Grenada.

URGENT: Welcome Abousfian Abdelrazik in Toronto

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Jun/26/2009 - 4:40 pm

Abousfian Abdelrazik is coming home! Finally!
We did it! Wonderful news!

Welcoming Festival
Toronto on Saturday, June 27 at 4.40 PM
International Arrivals Terminal 1

**Please email james.loney@sympatico.ca if you are coming or need a ride Please include your phone number if you need a ride.**

Abousfian Abdelrazik was imprisoned and tortured by Sudan in 2003 at Canada’s request and has been trying to return ever since. He is one of the many people who is being targeted by the arbitrary and racist national security polices being used in the so-called “War on Terror.”

The Canadian government was forced to bring him home after a June 4th court ruling found that his charter right to return to Canada had been violated and ordered that he be repatriated within thirty days.

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY - June Update

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY

In September and October of 2008, Tyendinaga community members objected to the delivery of a $1.9 million pre-fabricated police station, funded jointly by the Band Council and the federal Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Band Council failed to consult the broader community before making the decision that a new police station should take priority over clean drinking water on the reserve and other pressing issues. The reserve school down the road from the proposed police station site lacks drinkable water, and the majority of reserve homes remain on a boil-water advisory. Tyendinaga police issued 12 warrants for Tyendinaga Mohawks and over the ensuing months, arrested and charged them in connection with protests against the police station, as well as protests against an illegal quarry operation on the Territory.

Migrant Justice Advocates Launch "Stop the Raids!" Campaign in Toronto

Pledge to end racist scapegoating of migrant workers during economic recession

On Saturday June 6, 2009, nearly a hundred people assembled to hear from people directly affected by the recent Immigration raids that have terrorized migrant communities.

Immigration raids conducted in April saw over 100 migrant workers arrested and were followed by another raid in May where nearly 2 dozen workers were arrested.

"We are not illegal" related Flor, a migrant farm worker who witnessed the raids this May. "All we ask for is to make a living".

Another migrant worker who was arrested in the April raids explained her situation: She was forced to quit the job she had a work permit for because of horrendous conditions involving a criminal investigation against her employer. She was arrested in an Immigration raids while working and was jailed for a month.

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