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Videos – Watch the Arar +10: National Security and Human Rights, 10 Years Later conference

Thank you to everyone who were able to attend the conference, it was a huge success and attracted a lot of attention in the media!

If you were unable to attend, you can watch the whole conference panel per panel below. And listen to the audio podcasts here.

This conference was presented in collaboration with Amnesty International, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and the Centre for International Policy Studies of the University of Ottawa.

Welcome, Opening remarks and Retrospective of the past decade

Allan Rock, President, University of Ottawa

Roch Tassé, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada

Panel 1 – The people and lives behind the issues

Abdullah Almalki, Torture Survivor

Paul Champ, Counsel to Abousfian Abdelrazik and Benamar Benatta

Dennis Edney, Counsel to Omar Khadr

Sophie Harkat, Spouse of Subject of Immigration Security Certificate

Panel 2 – Perspectives from the media

Jeff Sallot, Journalist and Author

Jacques Bourbeau, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Global News

Brigitte Bureau,  Investigative reporter with French CBC

Keynot Panel – Judicial Reflections on National Security and Human Rights

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Commissioner of the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin

The Honourable John Major, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

The Honourable Dennis O’Connor, former Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar

Panel 3 – Lawyering for human rights in a national security context

Paul Cavalluzzo, Barrister & Solicitor and Special Advocate

Marlys Edwardh, Barrister & Solicitor

Barbara Jackman, Barrister & Solicitor

Phil Tunley, Barrister & Solicitor

Panel 4 – A view from community level

Sheema Khan, Author, Columnist and Community Activist

Ihsaan Gardee, National Council of Canadian Muslims

Khalid Elgazzar, Barrister and Solicitor

Panel 5 – Oversight and Review

Gar Pardy, Retired Canadian Diplomat

Craig Forcese, Associate Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Wrap-up & Closing words

Jeff Sallott

Monia Mazigh, Author and Human Rights Activist

Watch the video of The Human Cost of Killer Drones event

The video is finally here!


Farea Al-Muslimi

The Yemeni activist who delivered a powerful testimony in a congressional hearing on American drone strikes in Yemen and basically made Obama admit to the use of drones.

Alex Neve

Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. Amnesty released a report on the use of drones in Pakistan and the status of U.S. drone strikes under international law.

John Packer

Constitutions and Process Design Expert, Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations. He was then advising the political transition in Yemen.


ICLMG co-signs an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen urging for the respect of human rights in security reform


By Alex Neve, John Packer and Roch Tassé – A timely conference on Wednesday reminded us that as debate swirls about new national security measures in Canada, vital lessons have emerged over the past decade about protecting human rights.

In the wake of last week’s attack in Ottawa the government is rolling out proposed changes to Canada’s security laws and practices. We don’t yet know the full extent.

On Wednesday, a remarkable group of judges, lawyers, journalists, activists, former diplomats, academics and community leaders came together in Ottawa. We were joined by individuals whose lives have been turned upside down by human rights violations associated with national security investigations, charges, arrest and imprisonment.

The conference marked the decade since the ground-breaking judicial inquiry into the shocking treatment of Canadian citizen Maher Arar was established in 2004. That inquiry found that Canadian actions, negligence and dysfunction had set Maher Arar up for grave human rights violations, including torture, in Syria.

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Also read an op-ed by Omar Khadr: Misguided security laws take a human toll

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