To: Our MPs and Party Leaders
Prime Minister Harper is trying to pass a new “secret police” law, Bill C-51, that would give reckless and unnecessary powers to spy agencies with little oversight or accountability. Let’s defend our democracy – tell party leaders and MPs to reject fear, stop this bill and start over with real oversight.
We call on MPs to reject Stephen Harper’s fear campaign and stop the bill, unless it’s amended to:
— Include strong safeguards for Canadians, including a dedicated, high-level Parliamentary committee to oversee our spy agencies.
— Strip out the attacks on civil liberties, including the sweeping expansion of spy powers, criminalization of speech, and preventative arrest for those who have committed no crime.
— Clarify the vague parts of the bill, to be certain it will only be used to target people who pose a violent threat to the lives and physical security of people
Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been detained by the Egyptian military without charge since July 3, 2013 and is currently being held in solitary confinement in Tora Prison in Cairo. He is the longest held detainee since the July 2013 Egyptian military coup. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch characterize Khaled’s detainment as “enforced disappearance” under international law, recognizing it as a breach of human rights. Khaled is being held under inhumane conditions and his health is deteriorating rapidly. More information here.
Act now to demand its immediate release!
Send a postcard to PM Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird
Sign the petition to the Egyptian president
UPDATE: Mohamed Fahmy and his Al Jazeera colleague Baher Mohamed have been pardoned by the Egyptian president on September 23rd, 2015. Peter Greste had been freed and deported to Australia several months ago.
Amnesty International – Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his Al Jazeera English colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed are on trial in Egypt.
Their crime? Reporting the news and challenging the “official version” presented by the authorities. Amnesty International believes they are prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
The three men were detained on December 29, 2013 and later charged with falsifying news and belonging to or assisting a banned terrorist organization. They face up to life imprisonment if convicted. Their trial is grossly unfair. Amnesty International fears that the charges may be an attempt to punish the journalists for Al Jazeera’s editorial line. The channel has been accused of being biased towards the now banned Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.