News from ICLMG

ICLMG recipient of NCCM award 


The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group is honoured to receive a Community Partner award from one of our member organizations, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, for our collaborative work over the past twelve years. Our national coordinator, Roch Tassé, will be accepting the award at the NCCM’s upcoming Ottawa fundraising dinner on Sunday, October 26, 2014, themed “Be Empowered: Standing Up for Canadian Muslims”.

Learn more about the NCCM’s work

Special event – ARAR +10: National Security and Human Rights a Decade Later

Presented by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, Amnesty International Canada, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Keynote panel featuring:

Honorable Frank Iacobucci

Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin

Honorable John Major

Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

Honorable Dennis O’Connor

Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar

Other panels will discuss the personal dimension of national security-related human rights violations, challenges for the legal profession and ongoing concerns related to oversight of national security activities. The conference will also feature a morning panel with four leading journalists working at the forefront of national security and human rights in Canada over the past decade.

29 OCTOBER 2014

Conference 8:00 – 17:30

Wine and cheese 17:30 – 19:00

Tabaret 112, uOttawa, 75 Laurier avenue East, Ottawa

This event will be bilingual with simultaneous interpretation

Schedule and registration coming soon


ICLMG exclusive: Fight for Freedom? You’re Inadmissible to Canada

Jose FigueroaBy Matthew Behrens

September 25, 2014 – The growing use of overly broad Canadian immigration inadmissibility provisions to deny status to refugees who have been associated with national liberation struggles finally saw some pushback with a Federal Court decision issued July 10.

The case involves José Figueroa, a survivor of the Salvadoran civil war (in which government forces murdered 75,000 people) who is faced with deportation for his prior association with the FMLN, the former resistance organization that is now the governing party in that country. Despite never having picked up a gun or engaging in any form of violence, he is falsely tarred with the terrorist brush by an immigration officer because of the FMLN association, even though the organization is listed nowhere on the planet as a terrorist entity and past and current members of the FMLN, including consular officials, attended the court hearing of his case.

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