News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 16, 2020: ICLMG on news that “CSIS sees warrant process as ‘burdensome’ and a ‘necessary evil’: federal review”; CSIS withholds information on Wet’suwet’en demonstrations citing national security threat exemption; Don’t Let Orphan’s Canadian Homecoming Be an Exception; ‘Caliphate’ podcast and its fallout reveal the extent of Islamophobia; ‘It breaks my heart’: Uighurs wrongfully held at Guantánamo plead to be with families; At UN: 39 Countries Condemn China’s Abuses of Uighurs ; Land Defenders Are Killed in the Philippines for Protesting Canadian Mining; Free CUPE member Cihan Erdal; Canadian military spent more than $1 million on controversial propaganda training linked to Cambridge Analytica parent firm; Report Calls for a Reset as Facial Recognition Transforms Border Crossings Around the World; The Global Encryption Coalition Reject Time-Worn Argument for Encryption Backdoors; Reaction to the UN High Commissioner report on terrorism and human rights & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 2, 2020: ICLMG on RCMP extended online mass surveillance; ICLMG on Ontario police calling 1492 Land Back Lane ‘terrorists’; ICLMG on Bill Blair & human rights; Trudeau: Suspend arms transfer to Saudi Arabia; Canada has a war crime problem; Canada Is Buying A Fleet Of Armed Drones. We Should All Be Worried; CAUT decries arrest of Carleton University student in Turkey; The Man Who Cried ISIS?; Biden’s Plan to Roll Back Discriminatory Counterterrorism Policies; UK Seeks to Stop Justice for War Crimes; China’s still building detention camps in Xinjiang — and they’re getting even bigger; Take action: CSIS isn’t above the law + #FreeCihanErdal + Reject Dr. Carvin’s Offensive Actions and Promote Anti-Racism; Event: Predict & Surveil: Racism in Policing & Surveillance Tech & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 18, 2020: ICLMG statement: 19 years after 9/11; US Wars Displaced 37 Million People Around the World; Canada’s role in drone wars; What a Few Cakes Say About US Drone Program; UN: Canada is fuelling war in Yemen with arms sales; Police arrest journalist, researcher in connection with Caledonia land reclamation; Repatriating ISIS Family Members: A North Macedonia Model?; Border Patrol Has Used Facial Recognition to Scan More Than 16 Million Fliers — and Caught Just 7 Imposters; Whistleblower says top DHS officials distorted intel to match Trump statements, lied to Congress; Extinction Rebellion ‘criminals’ threaten UK way of life, says Priti Patel; The uncontrollable beast of UK anti-terror legislation; Turkey – Human rights lawyer Ebru Timtik dies after 238 days on hunger strike; Revealed: The CIA and MI6’s secret war in Kenya & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 4, 2020: ICLMG: New revelations of CSIS misleading courts shows need for concrete action & accountability; CSIS used intel gathered illegally, withheld evidence favourable to accused Ottawa ISIS recruiter; ICLMG’s COVID Alert App Privacy Analysis Update; ICLMG’s Tim McSorley on Bill C-3 and Parliament prorogation on Unpublished TV; Wrongful Extradition: Reforming the Committal Phase of Canada’s Extradition Law; Bringing Abolition to National Security; Civil Liberties and Indigenous Rights Groups Call on CRCC to Immediately Take Conduct of Investigation into Wet’suwet’en Land Defender’s Police Complaint; To Surveil and Predict: A Human Rights Analysis of Algorithmic Policing in Canada; Court rules NSA phone snooping illegal — after 7-year delay; Our Post-Privacy World: Total information awareness may make us feel safe, but will we regret living in a surveillance state?; US Sanctions International Criminal Court Prosecutor; Appeals court rules due process rights don’t apply to Guantanamo detainees; Counterterrorism Assistance to Chad for the Sahel: The Price the People Pay & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 22, 2020: ICLMG’s Analysis of the COVID Alert App; ICLMG on the prorogation of Parliament, Bill C-3 and independent review for CBSA; Eight children die in Al Hol camp, northeastern Syria in less than a week; Monia Mazigh: It’s time to bring little Amira back to Canada; Her husband was cleared of wrongdoing at Guantanamo Bay. Now, as she fights to bring him to Canada, her health is faltering; Matthew Behrens: Federal Court furious with CSIS illegality and lies; Watchdog reported on RCMP surveillance of Indigenous-led action in 2017. Mounties never responded; $16.5M settlement reached in class action lawsuit over mass arrests at 2010 G20 summit; “Head-On Into Peril”: Connecting 9/11 and Law Enforcement Abuses in Portland; Two More Philippine Activists Murdered; The UN Security Council Is About to Dangerously Undermine Fair Trial Guarantees; Counter-terrorism and the Arts: How counter-terrorism policies restrict the right to freedom of expression + 2 new calls to action: Handwrite 4 Harkat’s Human Rights: Send Stop-Torture Letter Mail; Reunite Ayub, Khalil, and Salahidin with their families & more.
The News Digest was on hiatus for a month.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 17, 2020: Open letter: Canadian government must ban use of facial recognition by federal law enforcement, intelligence agencies; RCMP at centre of facial recognition lawsuit; Questions from the Just Governance Group, Answers by Tim McSorley; Stop Mohamed Harkat’s deportation to torture!; NUPGE, ICLMG’s member organization, speaks out against security certificates; Judge calls for review after CSIS fails to flag info likely obtained illegally; Family of Canadian child stuck in Syria taking government to court; Fareed Khan: White privilege on display in RCMP handling of Rideau Hall security breach; Webinar – The Tragic Injustice of a Canadian Minor with Mental Illness: Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy; Under Cover of COVID at the UN: Why Counterterrorism Is Not the Answer to a Pandemic; A fourth pillar for the United Nations? The rise of counter-terrorism; Hong Kong: books by pro-democracy activists disappear from library shelves; Turkey: Court deals crushing blow for human rights and for justice as four activists convicted; On Hejaaz Hizbullah: The latest victim of Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act; Russian Journalist Sentenced on Bogus Terrorism Charges; UN: Armed drones: Special Rapporteur examines the dawning of the “second drone age”; New US Bill Looks to One-Up Previous Anti-Encryption Law by Requiring Backdoors in Nearly Every Electronic Device; Secret Federal Police Deployed by Trump Snatch Protesters Off Portland Streets; UK may have been complicit in torture of 15 more people, court hearing reveals & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 3, 2020: Canada’s Slow-Drip Torture of Ottawa Refugee Mohamed Harkat; Great news! Yasser Albaz Released and Reunited With His Family In Canada; Groups’ joint statement: Too early to launch contact tracing apps; Canada is flouting its international human rights obligations toward Canadians who are arbitrarily detained in northeast Syria: Report; Police Forces in Canada Are Quietly Adopting Facial Recognition Tech; Group calls on Canada to intervene as Philippines pushes ahead with draconian anti-terror law in the wake of damning UN human rights report; Defunding the Police Must Include Ending the Surveillance of Muslims; Fix Canada’s unjust extradition law; ‘Forgotten in a dark, cruel place’: The two Michaels are not the only Canadians held as political prisoners by China; ‘Hong Kong people will fight on,’ councillor says after national security law arrests; Louisiana Activists Face 15 Years for “Terrorizing” Oil Lobbyist with Box of Plastic Pollution; Could Donald Trump claim a national security threat to shut down the internet?; FBI expands ability to collect cellphone location data, monitor social media, recent contracts show; Russia Jails 2 Anti-Fascists, Ending Terror Case Plagued by Torture Claims; India: UAPA: When laws turn oppressive | Opinion & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 19, 2020: ICLMG: PM must take decisive action to bring Yasser Albaz home; Canada must work to bring citizens trapped in Syria home, even ISIL suspects; – Canada doubles weapons sales to Saudi Arabia despite moratorium; Canada, U.S. attorneys general discussed law to speed up police access to data across borders; Voluntary nationwide contact tracing app coming soon, says Trudeau; Canada’s border agency shouldn’t be using pandemic to impose surveillance on undocumented immigrants; Trudeau government must stand up against Trump’s escalating attacks on International Criminal Court; Anti-Terror Raids Killing Civilians in West Africa, Amnesty Says; Trump and Duterte Show Why UN Must Reassess Embrace of Counterterrorism; Inter-American Commission On Human Rights Issues Historic Decision On Former Guantanamo Detainee’s Case; U.S. police brutality and military aggression: From Black America to the Muslim world; After Barr ordered FBI to “identify criminal organizers,” activists were intimidated at home and at work; China: National security law must be scrapped to save Hong Kong’s freedoms; June 20 in Ottawa: March for JusticeForAbdirahman – Calls to Action for Black Lives; New actions: Defund the police + Philippines: Junk the terror bill and uphold human rights! + China: Free Canadian Huseyin Celil + Release Yasser Albaz from arbitrary detention in Egypt and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 6, 2020: More Than 70 Children Killed in Just 10 Airstrikes In Afghanistan, Report Finds; Ethiopia: Security forces ‘must face justice for horrific human rights violations’ – New Report; Huseyin Celil: The Forgotten Canadian in China | Alex Neve; Opinion: Terrorism laws have long been used against brown and black men. When will they be used to protect them?; Charging incels with terrorism won’t protect sex workers; Invoking “Terrorism” Against Police Protestors; Public doesn’t want encryption backdoors: government doc; A Deep Dive into Canada’s Overhaul of Its Foreign Intelligence and Cybersecurity Laws; On Contact-Tracing Apps: After COVID-19, Will We Live in a Big Brother World?; Canadian government must work urgently within international community to head-off imposition of China’s national security law in Hong Kong; Refugee who helped hide Edward Snowden in Hong Kong struggles to build new life in Canada; #JunkTerrorBill: Sign this petition to help uphold human rights; European Parliament slams Modi govt for silencing activists & portraying protesters as terrorists, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 23, 2020: ICLMG video: Protect our rights in the fight against COVID-19; Traçage numérique: 1700+ personnes et orgs exigent un débat public; ICLMG on “CSIS says proposed privacy reforms could hinder spy operations”; CBSA officers investigated for hundreds of misconduct complaints + BCCLA reacts; Canada urged to repatriate orphaned five-year-old girl held in Syrian camp; If Only the US Had That $6.4 Trillion It Wasted on Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to Fight Covid-19 Pandemic; The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant; Unconvicted terrorism suspects face indefinite controls under UK bill; Australia doesn’t need more anti-terror laws that aren’t necessary – or even used; U.S. Senate approves Uyghur human rights bill; Egypt: Court arbitrarily extends the pre-trial detention of over 1,600 defendants; Breach of Clearview AI Source Code Renews Concerns About Law Enforcement Facial Recognition Programs & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 8, 2020: Pandemics & Civil Liberties: Panel with ICLMG; RCMP to boost social media mining; The Perils of Hyping Pandemic as a National Security Issue; US-Backed Forces Killed More Children Than Taliban & ISIS in 2020; Legal Observer: Guantanamo 9/11 Trial Is A Failure; No, the Post-9/11 Era Is Not Over; The FBI Violates FISA… Again; New report: The legal response of Western democracies to online terrorism and extremism and its impact on the right to privacy and freedom of expression; Use of Skype, Tango, TikTok, WhatsApp can be considered terrorist activity in Turkey; Hong Kong urged to review terrorism and sedition legislation after United Nations experts say they can be used against lawful protests; Amid Its Covid-19 Crisis, China Was Still Hacking Uighurs’ iPhones & more
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 24, 2020: Digital Surveillance & COVID-19 in Canada: 7 Principles to Protect Our Rights; FOI Documents Confirm RCMP Falsely Denied Using Facial Recognition Software; Canada calls for global ceasefire, while arming Saudi Arabia in their military campaign against Yemen; Burkina Faso: Security Forces Allegedly Execute 31 Detainees; U.S. Airstrikes Hit All-Time High as Coronavirus Spreads in Somalia; Opinion: Why COVID-19 Spitters Shouldn’t Be Prosecuted as Federal Terrorists; Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Victims’ Families; The colleague, the girl, the police: Student framed and imprisoned over terror offences tells whole story for the first time; UK Home Office confirms environmentalists referred to anti-terror programme Prevent; UK Bill a License for Military Crimes?; Pakistan Removes Thousands of Names From Terrorist Watch List; Pakistani Journalist Freed, But Anti-Terror Laws Still Threaten Media; Ethiopian police hold journalist Yayesew Shimelis pending terrorism investigation & more.
Starting this week, the News Digest will be published every other week.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 10, 2020: ‘The Charter still applies’: Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic; COVID-19: Civil liberties group warns of ‘unfair and arbitrary’ law enforcement as hefty fines across Canada pile up; Communiqué : Géolocalisation cellulaire des personnes à l’ère du COVID-19; After 9/11, we gave up privacy for security. Will we make the same trade-off after Covid-19?; Don’t Violate Human Rights While Responding to COVID-19, Say 33 NGOs; Coronavirus: Beware the power grab; How the coronavirus pandemic is making strongmen stronger, from Hungary to Serbia to the Philippines; 100+ organisations tell governments: don’t use the coronavirus pandemic as cover for expanding digital surveillance; Privacy and Data Protection in the Fight Against COVID-19; Carol Rosenberg: The Growing Culture of Secrecy at Guantánamo Bay; FBI Opened Terrorism Investigations Into Nonviolent Palestinian Solidarity Group, Documents Reveal; Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications; Australia: Is counterterrorism policy out of step with reality? & more
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 4, 2020: Featuring ICLMG’s Tim McSorley: Canada’s spy service moves quietly ahead with data-crunching plans: documents; ICLMG: Canada must reopen its border to refugee claimants coming from the US now; Appel à la retenue en temps de crise pour protéger les libertés civiles; We can’t police our way out of a pandemic; For Autocrats, and Others, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power; ‘Shoot them dead’: Duterte warns against violating lockdown; Governments Haven’t Shown Location Surveillance Would Help Contain COVID-19; Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared For Release Must Be Freed Amid Pandemic; Prosecuting Purposeful Coronavirus Exposure as Terrorism; ‘Zero accountability’: US accused of failure to report civilian deaths in Africa; Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Action: Will 2020 Be a Turning Point for International Humanitarian Law at the United Nations?; Myanmar editor faces terror charges over interview with AA; Non-violent protesters are not terrorists and it’s time the police accepted that & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 27, 2020: COVID-19: ICLMG on Possibility of Phone Tracking; We can’t let COVID lead to 9/11-style erosion of civil liberties; COVID-19 Threatens More Than Your Health – Civil Liberties Are About to Be Slashed; DOJ Considering COVID-19 Terror Charges; ACLU: We don’t need a national security approach; ‘Do F-35s Fight Pandemics?’ Amid Covid-19 Outbreak, Lawmakers Pushing For Even More Useless Pentagon Spending; Coronavirus emergency laws will be here long after Covid-19 – and in the hands of the our least trustworthy government ever; UN chief urges immediate global cease-fire to fight COVID-19; Retired Australian baker loses appeal in Vietnam on controversial ‘financing terrorism’ charges & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 20, 2020: UN: States should not abuse COVID-19 measures to suppress rights; Release order bars woman from voicing support for Wet’suwet’en online; Let’s face the facts: To ensure our digital rights, we must hit pause on facial-recognition technology; Finding Amira: Canadian meets orphaned niece in Syria but forced to leave her behind; Casualties of ‘war on terror’ in Iraq: life, security and liberty; Counter-terrorism programmes are violating human rights, UN expert says; What Happened to FISA Reform?; Canada Has a Dismal Record of Locking Up Migrants; Philippine: Proposed new antiterror law a threat to freedoms, says the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 14, 2020: BC Solicitor General Lied about Authorizing RCMP Deployments; RCMP Linked to Company Behind Violent Greta Thunberg Sticker; Police got a racism problem; Despite Denials, RCMP Used Facial Recognition for 18 Years; The U.S. Government Has a Secret Plan to Track Everyone’s Faces at Airports. ACLU is Suing; BCCLA Opposes Alberta’s “Anti-Protestor” Bill 1, Critical Infrastructure Defence Act; Canadian military says its intelligence operations aren’t bound by privacy law; Canada: Don’t Sabotage the ICC’s Israeli War Crimes Investigation; Violent extremism: Prevention programmes should not violate human rights – UN expert; Chelsea Manning Ordered Free From Prison — but Will Still Have to Pay Massive Fines; United Nations: More Than 20,000 Migrants Have Died Crossing Mediterranean Sea Since 2014; Freedom in the World 2020: A Leaderless Struggle for Democracy; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 6, 2020: ICLMG on what is considered terrorism; Uighurs did forced labour for many companies, including Bombardier; OPP gave identities of Tyendinaga Mohawks to CN Rail; RCMP member posted about machine-gunning protesters; Alberta’s anti-protestor bill suppresses democracy and violates treaties, say critics; RCMP denied using facial recognition technology – then said it had been using it for months; Liberals should halt police and private use of Clearview AI, NDP says; US threatens to pull big tech’s immunities if child abuse isn’t curbed, experts decry the attack on encryption; ‘We’re called terrorists:’ HWDSB anti-bullying session hears from Muslim community; The Torture Memos: Canadians tell government they’re being abused in foreign prisons; CJPME Disagrees with Trudeau Letter Discouraging ICC Prosecution of Israel; Senior ICC judges authorise Afghanistan war crimes inquiry; Through apps, not warrants, ‘Locate X’ allows federal law enforcement to track phones; Iran: At least 23 children killed by security forces in November protests – new evidence; Syria: Moscow summit must prioritize ending renewed attacks on civilians in Idlib & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 28, 2020: Open letter: Amnesty International visits Tyendinaga, urges Trudeau to act on reconciliation; Settler governments are breaking international law, not Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, say 200 lawyers, legal scholars; RCMP Pensions Are Invested in Controversial Gas Pipeline Owner; Muskrat Falls protestors free of criminal charges; 350 Canada’s Emma Jackson on Jason Kenney’s new Bill 1 against blockades; Facial recognition app Clearview AI has been used far more widely in Canada than previously known; Commissioners launch joint investigation into Clearview AI amid growing concerns over use of facial recognition technology; The Star Editorial Board: We need a stop to ‘facial fingerprinting’ by police; Carnival Cruises, Delta, and 70 Countries Use a Facial Recognition Company You’ve Never Heard Of; Privacy commissioner says RCMP ignored his investigators in complaint cases; N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads; Environment and animal rights activists being referred to Prevent programme; Revealed: how teachers could unwittingly trigger counter-terror inquiries; Russian Orthodox Church Steps Up Surveillance Under Government Anti-Terrorism Orders; Egypt: Eight men put to death in mass execution & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 21, 2020: Complaints commission told RCMP broad exclusion zones ‘impermissible’ a year ago; Mohammed: Consular help is woefully uneven for Canadians in distress abroad; Ottawa Police Service tested facial recognition software, but doesn’t use it; Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Statement on Toronto Police Service Use of Clearview AI Technology; Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases; Former US drone operator recalls dropping a missile on Afghanistan children and says military is ‘worse than the Nazis’; Paid by the Pipeline: A Canadian Energy Company Bought an Oregon Sheriff’s Unit; “They Have Not Relented”: U.S. Maintains Support for Yemen War as Saudi Airstrike Kills 31 Civilians; Saudi Arabia: Specialized Criminal Court a political tool to muzzle critical voices; NYPD subpoenaed journalist’s Twitter data, citing anti-terrorism law; Father and brother of British volunteer, 27, fighting with the Kurdish-led YPG against ISIS in Syria appear in court on terror charges for ‘sending him £150’ & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 14, 2020: ICLMG condemns repression, criminalization of Wet’suwet’en land defenders, supporters & journalists; Wet’suwet’en Camps Reoccupied, Heavy RCMP Presence is Ongoing – Press release from the Wet’suwet’en territories; Liberals ‘have to do more’ to free my husband after 14 years in prison, says wife of jailed Huseyin Celil; ‘My freedom and my life were stolen from me,’ says Diab, suing over extradition; ‘You can’t live lightheartedly,’ Omar Khadr tells child soldiers panel in rare public appearance; Toronto police chief halts use of controversial facial recognition tool; Families with kids ensnared by no-fly list invited to test federal remedy; Counter-terrorism soft law, hard consequences; The FBI Makes a Bizarre Claim About “Pro-Choice Terrorism”; CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report; The US says Huawei has been spying through ‘back doors’ designed for law enforcement — which is what the US has been pressuring tech companies to do for years; Exclusive: More drawings allege CIA’s horrific treatment of Abu Zubaydah; Egypt moves toward toughening up draconian anti-terror law; Russia: Harsh Verdicts in Controversial Terrorism Cases; Remembering Bob Stevenson & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 7, 2020: Ottawa marches in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation; 6 arrested on Wet’suwet’en territory in fight against pipeline; Hassan Diab holds a press conference; ICLMG presented at the National Security Transparency Advisory Group; Federal agencies mishandled sensitive documents more than 5,000 times last year; Cyberspies “mistakenly” eyed Canadian for five years, watchdog report says; Ontario watchdog would be ‘very concerned’ about police using tools like Clearview AI; Privacy Commissioner files Notice of Application with the Federal Court against Facebook, Inc.; How counter-terror police quash dissent; Dispatch from Guantanamo: U.S. Must Open Criminal Investigation into Mitchell and Jessen, Two Torture Program Psychologists; European complicity in CIA torture in ‘black sites’; MI5 policy allowing informants to commit serious crimes ruled lawful; Russia Independent Media Rally to Cause of Jailed Journalist; U.S. Counterterrorism Rule Hampers Vital Humanitarian Aid in Nigeria; Iraq: UN human rights report voices concern over conduct of ISIL fighter trials; Les autorités françaises entretiennent des camps de prisonniers pour enfants en Syrie; Belgian government defies ruling of its supreme court on PKK & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 31, 2020: Video of talk on surveillance of progressive orgs; Solidarity with survivors & families of Quebec City Mosque shooting’s victims; Trois ans après la tuerie de la Grande Mosquée: la loi 21 pointée du doigt; Groups demand Ottawa take action over CSIS discrimination claims; The RCMP is a force of colonial bigotry; Oversight at the border: Will the government’s new oversight bill ensure truly independent review of complaints filed against CBSA?; Counter-terrorism laws provide smokescreen for civil society restrictions; More than 300 human rights activists were killed in 2019, report reveals; ‘This is mass rape’: China slammed over programme that ‘appoints’ men to sleep with Uighur women; Guantánamo’s Indelible Legacy: E ight ways Gitmo has contaminated American institutions, laws and customs; Editorial: The Tropic of Torture, from Guantanamo to Washington; US dropped record number of bombs on Afghanistan last year; Canada’s go-ahead for new Saudi exports leaves questions unanswered; Trump may extend his travel ban under the guise of anti-terrorism efforts; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 24, 2020: ICLMG Event: “When Poverty Mattered” Book Launch and Discussion on the national security surveillance of progressive orgs; Stop deportation of Moe Harkat; Hassan Diab sues govt for $90M; 10 yo boy still on No Fly List; Canada’s long history of criminalizing Indigenous resistance; Reporter’s Charter rights not violated, mischief trial to proceed, judge rules; CBSA broke law with digital device searches, privacy watchdog says; ‘I’m appalled’: Lawyers alarmed as Ottawa gives more powers to U.S. border officers at Canadian airports; How the Prosecution of Animal Rights Activists as Terrorists Foretold Today’s Criminalization of Dissent; Australia’s Leader Called For A Crackdown On Environmentalists Before Fires Broke Out; Revealed: US listed climate activist group as ‘extremists’ alongside mass killers; Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and many non-violent groups included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list; Take it from Britain’s Muslims, it’s not Extinction Rebellion that’s the problem, it’s Prevent; Targeted killings via drone becoming ‘normalised’ – report; A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing; The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It; The Privacy Project: Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy; and more.
The News Digest was on hiatus for 5 weeks.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 13, 2019: Canada must bring back Yasser Albaz; Open letter to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair: The Liberal Government Must Stop Mohamed Harkat’s Deportation to Torture; What we’ve been up to in 2019! End-of-Year Summary; A forgotten Canadian returns home from the war on terror; Transport Canada investigates ‘racist’ song shared in no-fly list office – 10 years after the fact; Open Letter to Law Enforcement in the U.S., UK, and Australia: Weak Encryption Puts Billions of Internet Users at Risk; UN assistant secretary general for human rights: The Children of ISIS Don’t Belong in Cages, Either; Top US officials repeatedly misled public about Afghanistan War; Amnesty International USA Calls for Declassification and Full Release of Torture Report; Ahmed Rabbani: I’m innocent but still in Guantánamo because Trump is denying me justice; D.C. Circuit Considers Limits on Guantanamo Detention; John Kiriakou: Those Torture Drawings in the NYT; China: Government must show proof that Xinjiang detainees have been released; Aung San Suu Kyi impassive as genocide hearing begins; Ontario Parliamentarian Follows in Trump’s Footsteps, Introduces Bill Equating Criticism of Israel with Antisemitism; US plans to introduce facial scanning for all travellers; Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Violates the First Amendment; Human Rights First Statement on 2020 NDAA; White House veterans helped Gulf monarchy build secret surveillance unit; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 6, 2019: Time to reform Canada’s Extradition Act; Experts dispute Canada’s claim of no link between Saudi arms sales & human rights abuses; RCMP surveillance plane circles Stittsville for hours; Activist says RCMP profile about her is ‘kind of creepy and unsettling’; Keystone XL: police discussed stopping anti-pipeline activists ‘by any means’; These journalists have confounded China’s massive propaganda machine; Former B.C. politician claims Chinese accused him of ‘endangering national security’; HudBay Operations in Peru and Guatemala: Violence and Repression Found to Result from Mining Company Contracts with State Security Forces; What the C.I.A.’s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured; Donald Trump Keeps Navy SEALs Above the Law; Homeland Security will soon have biometric data on nearly 260 million people; Balancing act: Anti-terror efforts and humanitarian principles; Egypt: State Security prosecution operating as a ‘sinister tool of repression’; Critical Turkey economist detained by anti-terrorism police; London Bridge victim’s father condemns ‘beyond disgusting’ Boris Johnson for using son’s death for political gain; Iran: Death toll from bloody crackdown on protests rises to 208; Montreal pays activist $55,000 after brutal arrest by police officers; Charges dropped against more than 100 Extinction Rebellion protesters, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 29, 2019: Memorial for Michele: End Femicide, Reform the Extradition Law and Launch of Public Inquiry Now!; No-Fly Lists: The Experiences of Canadian Muslims; Someone Call the Cops on new Public Safety Minister; Trans Mountain monitoring anti-pipeline activists, labelling some as ‘persons of interest’; Why government and industry want us to view the CN Rail strike as a security risk; Attorney-General David Lametti invokes power to block judge-ordered disclosures; China Cables Exposed: China’s Operating Manuals for Mass Internment and Arrest by Algorithm; Leak of China documents raises questions about imprisoned Canadian Huseyin Celil; ‘They can find out anything’: Leaked documents show China’s surveillance of Uighurs worldwide; Revealed: power and reach of China’s surveillance dragnet; Turkey: Prosecution call for jail term of up to 15 years for six human rights defenders, including Amnesty’s honorary chair and former director, defies logic; Éditorial: Il faut juger en France les djihadistes français; Amid War Crimes Allegations, Afghan Government Lacks Proper Mechanisms to Investigate; Iran: World must strongly condemn use of lethal force against protesters as death toll rises to 143; David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression: The surveillance industry is assisting state suppression. It must be stopped, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 21, 2019: ICLMG: Spy Agency’s Failure to Inform Minister of “High Risk” Ops Raises Troubling Questions + 8 Steps the Liberal Govt Must Take to Protect Civil Liberties; Plus d’un tiers des personnes tuées par la GRC sont autochtones; No One in Israel Knew They Were Committing a Massacre, and They Didn’t Care; Canada reverses UN stance on Palestinians in break with U.S. over settlements; Analysis Finds U.S.-Led Wars Since 9/11 Killed 801,000 at a Cost of $6.4 Trillion; Anti-terror measures against youngsters’ online posts ‘linked to spike in child detention globally’; Calling Out the Misuse of Terrorism Rhetoric Against Refugee and Asylum Seekers; Trump proposed sending migrants to Guantánamo, claims book by anonymous author; The Xinjiang Papers: ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims; No need to worry about war crimes, Trump has soldiers’ backs: Neil Macdonald; Guantanamo Bay detainee: I lived through CIA torture. Everyone else can catch the movie; U.S. court refuses to lift stay of Omar Khadr appeal, leaving him in legal limbo: lawyer; Iran: More than 100 protesters believed to be killed as top officials give green light to crush protests; Nearly 3 billion people have lost their freedom in the name of ensuring public order. Now what?; Patriot Act Renewal Sneaks Through Congress With Dem Support; Border activist Scott Warren acquitted of harboring immigrants who crossed US-Mexico border; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 15, 2019: ICLMG’s Open Letter to PM: Minority Government Must Act to Promote, Defend Civil Liberties; Tim McSorley Talk at CCU 50th Anniversary Convention; Justice pour Hassan Diab: La BD; Montréal va abroger le règlement P-6; What will it take for the Government of Canada to stop characterizing the U.S. as a ‘safe’ place for refugees?; Syrie: Ottawa accusé de ne rien faire pour les «orphelins du djihad»; The names of Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza; Abortions, IUDs and sexual humiliation: Muslim women who fled China for Kazakhstan recount ordeals; ‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters; ‘Enormous Victory’: US Judge Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Electronic Devices Unconstitutional; Murtaza Hussain: Baghdadi Died, but the U.S. War on Terror Will Go on Forever; Philippines: ‘We are a humanitarian organization,’ Oxfam stresses after AFP labels them terrorist front; EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works; Australia: Privacy Commissioner blasts ‘obnoxious, fundamentally flawed’ anti-terror law; Statement of Civil Liberties Concerns About Monitoring of Social Media by Law Enforcement; UK breaching international law over torture ‘cover-up’, UN expert warns; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 8, 2019: Justice for Hassan Diab: Contact the PM; RCMP launches review of its social media monitoring; Federal employees worried they’re trained to spy on co-workers; Don’t Expand the War on Terror in the Name of Antiracism; Security and intelligence incursions in academic research: a threat to all of social science; ‘This Is Ethnic Cleansing’: A Dispatch from Kurdish Syria; Hundreds in Turkey Arrested in Crackdown on Critics of Military Offensive in Syria; New Zealand Labour-led government extends draconian anti-terror laws; Haïti: au moins 42 morts dont 19 tués par la police depuis mi-septembre; Aid workers question USAID counter-terror clause in Nigeria; Punished for committing no crime: How the Safe Third Country Agreement violates the Charter rights to equality, liberty and security; Your DNA Profile is Private? A Florida Judge Just Said Otherwise; New report shows 100+ members of civil society targeted as NSO Group continues to evade scrutiny; Extinction Rebellion: High Court rules London protest ban unlawful; Canada’s access to information and privacy guardians urge governments to modernize legislation to better protect Canadians; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 1, 2019: New ICLMG Video: Justice for Hassan Diab; ICLMG Joins International Call for Moratorium on Facial Recognition Technology; Trudeau’s decision to keep refugee families separated is unconscionable; Court to hear why sending refugee claimants back to the U.S. breaks Canadian law; Court challenge to Waterfront Toronto/Sidewalk Lab’s smart city continues; Young people take over House of Commons; South Dakota Governor drops anti-protest laws in settlement agreement with ACLU; Baghdadi Is Dead. The War on Terror Will Create Another; WhatsApp sues Israeli firm, accusing it of hacking activists’ phones; Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings; The FBI Spends a Lot of Time Spying on Black Americans; Targeted Killing of Journalist Reflects Global Pattern + Application of the death penalty to foreign nationals and the provision of consular assistance by the home State; Ethiopia: Release of ‘coup’ suspects without charge follows continued abuse of anti-terrorism law; Iraqi PM Sends Counter-Terror Force To Put Down Street Protests; UK man who fought ISIS found guilty of terror offence in retrial; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 25, 2019: Victoire pour le droit de manifester à Québec; Court sides with Canadian critic of mining company; IACHR Calls to Protect Environmental Defenders; FBI’s Long History of Treating Political Dissent as Terrorism; Rejecting Challenge to No Fly List, Federal Appeals Court Leaves Men Charged With No Crime ‘In an Indefinite Kafkaesque Nightmare’; A Million People Are Jailed at China’s Gulags. I Managed to Escape. Here’s What Really Goes on Inside; ICE officer who drove truck into Jewish protesters will not be charged with a crime; An American Citizen Was Detained While Trying to Pay a Customs Fee on a Gift for His Daughter; ‘What Is Going to Happen to Us?’ Inside ISIS Prison, Children Ask Their Fate; Let jihadists return home, French anti-terror magistrate urges; The Guantanamo Bay prisoner whose fate was sealed by a Trump tweet; Turkey accused of using threats and deception to deport Syrian refugees; UN expert calls for ban on Israeli products from settlements, and much more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 18, 2019: Updated National Security Info Card with ICLMG’s comments; NCCM Mustafa Farooq’s comments on the Conservatives new platform promise; CCIC & ICLMG on Canada’s Charitable Sector; Drones approved for Canadian military; Syria: Evidence of war crimes by Turkish forces; Persecuted and uprooted, a young Yemeni finds safe haven in Canada; Why hasn’t Trudeau helped all the Snowden Refugees?; Edward Snowden: Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground; Over 20 Canadian Organizations Stand in Solidarity with Ecuadorian Indigenous, Labour, and Civil Society Organizations; Citizen group focused on stopping ByWard Market surveillance cameras; U.S. border guards detain Canadian woman for 5 hours, refuse entry without visa; Extinction Rebellion blanket ban chilling and unlawful; Rebel Daily 6: Brutality in Belgium; Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill; United Nations Backslides on Human Rights in Counterterrorism; The Privacy Project: You’re in a Police Lineup, Right Now (video); The FISA Court’s 702 Opinions, Part I: A History of Non-Compliance Repeats Itself; « Le communautarisme, ce n’est pas le terrorisme » : Macron souligne l’irresponsabilité de certains commentateurs politiques; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 11, 2019: ICLMG’s National Security Info Card 2015-2019; ICLMG presented at the CCU!; Open letter seeks federal party leaders’ promise to launch public inquiry on case of Hassan Diab; Diab, who fought terrorism allegations, finally gets new citizenship certificate; Statement by Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin at the 2019 Global Counter-Terrorism Forum on the shrinking of civic space; Position of the Special Rapporteur on the Return of “Foreign Fighters” and their Families to Europe; How Canada’s far right is using anti-Muslim propaganda to target Trudeau; Police cannot arrest lawful protesters, even to prevent violence by others, Supreme Court rules; Arrestations douloureuses pour les militants d’Extinction Rebellion à Montréal; Canadian Mining Companies Part of the Problem as Repression of Indigenous and Social Movements Escalates in Ecuador; Dakota Access Pipeline Activists Face 110 Years in Prison, Two Years After Confessing Sabotage; After Trump Abandoned Kurds, Turkish Invasion Raises Fear of Kurdish Genocide & ISIS Resurgence; Egypt: children swept up in crackdown on anti-Sisi protests; A Ugandan leader just called LGBT+ people ‘terrorists’; Ethiopia: Release journalists arrested on unsubstantiated terrorism charges; New Zealand: Anti-terror measures vs digital freedom; Iraq: Lethal Force Used Against Protesters; Hong Kong: Emergency powers are an extreme attempt to quash protests; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 4, 2019: 2 PPC candidates tweet cartoon of Jagmeet Singh wearing turban with bomb on it; Canadian spy agency presented with transparency award, refuses to confirm details about event; Canada joins the Arms Trade Treaty — but will it cancel the Saudi deal?; Supreme Court ruling bolsters journalists’ authority to protect confidential sources; The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption; Revealed: Anti-terror center helped police track environmental activists; New Domestic Terrorism Laws Are Unnecessary for Fighting White Nationalists; Australia has enacted 82 anti-terror laws since 2001. But tough laws alone can’t eliminate terrorism; ‘Enemies of the state’: The anti-terrorism laws that undermine our freedoms; Arun Kundnani: Leaving the ‘War on Terror’: alternatives to Prevent?; China is killing religious and ethnic minorities and harvesting their organs, UN Human Rights Council told; Prisoners ‘buried alive’ living in 24/7 silence and darkness in solitary confinement; Coders’ Rights Are At Risk in Brazil, and the Harms Could Affect Everyone; How this Russian journalist could end up in prison “for justifying terrorism”; Leaking classified information is ‘thievery, not protected speech,’ Justice Department says; U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 27, 2019: ICLMG Calls On Federal Leaders to Commit to Defending Civil Liberties in 2019 Federal Election; A Shackled BC Pipeline Protester Reflects; The FBI targeted environmental activists in domestic terror investigations; Justin Trudeau is legitimizing Donald Trump’s concentration camps – video; Politicians must stop ‘normalising language of far-right if we want to tackle terror’; Leaders clash over Andrew Scheer’s pledge to end funding for UNRWA at debate; Fears for Rohingya refugees, a Dutch counter-terror bill that could impede aid; Human rights: Reported reprisals on the rise, says UN; Court calls U.S. ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ torture; U.S. Military Appoints Panel For Omar Khadr’s War-Crimes Appeal; Guantanamo Periodic Review Board Hearings Fail to Meaningfully Review Detention; Egyptian forces fire teargas at anti-Sisi protesters in Cairo; Hong Kong: Arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture in police detention revealed; Live facial recognition surveillance ‘must stop’; Citizens can’t be sued for filing access to information requests, court rules; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 20, 2019: ICLMG Top 10 Asks for the 2019 Federal Election; Podcast: Why Is The State Of Civil Liberties Missing From Canada’s Election Campaign? Featuring ICLMG’s Tim McSorley; The global assault on environmental rights behind Jason Kenney’s war; Refugees Explained – Election Reality Check; ‘Total Massacre’ as U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers in Afghanistan; How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office; Constitution Day 2019: The Hidden Domestic Surveillance Crisis; Edward Snowden Responds After Trump DOJ Sues Whistleblower Over New Memoir the US Government ‘Does Not Want You to Read’; 5 rights groups urge UN chief to condemn China over Muslims; Trump pushes tweet falsely claiming Ilhan Omar partied on 9/11 anniversary; Oxfam faces $160 million legal threat over Palestine aid project & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 13, 2019: Update in the Justice for Hassan Diab campaign; ICLMG on CSIS secrecy and policy issues; Amnesty International says Jason Kenney’s ‘fight back’ strategy violates human rights; Reporter Justin Brake mounting charter challenge against Muskrat Falls charges; Quand l’immigration est une conséquence directe des guerres sans fin; Exclusive: Edward Snowden’s guardian angels (video); Rights Groups Urge House Dems to Block NSA From Collecting Americans’ Phone Records; Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him; The FBI Was Deeply Involved in CIA Black Site Interrogations Despite Years of Denials, Guantánamo Defense Lawyer Says; What Happens Now to the More Than 1 Million People on the U.S.’ Terrorist Watchlist; How the ‘War on Terror’ became a convenient tool for repression; Iran: Prison and flogging sentences for seven journalists and activists ‘disgraceful injustice’; France: G7 Summit clouded by crackdown on protesters; The myth of the free speech crisis & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 5, 2019: ICLMG: Why CBSA needs a watchdog + comments on “Federal judge says US terror watchlist is unconstitutional” & “NHS reports protester to Prevent for joining Extinction Rebellion”; Following release of BC activist Rita Wong, Canada must not criminalize protest; Leaving the War on Terror: A Progressive Alternative to Counter-Terrorism Policy; EU to regulate face recognition as privacy threat; Digital civic space under attack; The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under “Persistent Surveillance”; Border Patrol Has Killed At Least 97 People Since 2003. Hear Some of Their Victims’ Stories; ‘I Can’t Feel My Heart:’ Children Separated from Their Parents at US-Mexico Border Showed Increased Signs of Post-traumatic Stress; Turkey has sentenced 321 lawyers to 2,000 years in jail since 2016 – report; Bangladesh may ‘force’ 100,000 Rohingya to resettle on uninhabited island; Body of Michigan Man Deported to Iraq Is Returned to the U.S. & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 30, 2019: Justice for Hassan Diab: Our webcomic & new action; Canadian Muslims denied entry to US; Canada must end migration detention of children; Bad Idea to Vet Migrants’ Social Media; Let’s Not Start a New War on Terror; Why New Laws Against White Supremacist Violence Are the Wrong Response to El Paso; What in the world is Adam Schiff thinking with his domestic terrorism bill?; Alex Neve on “The ‘Jihadi Jack’ debate: Who has a right to come to Canada?”; Canada used citizens travelling to Communist countries to gather intelligence during Cold War: report; CCR joins protests against North America’s withdrawal from refugee protection; More than 1,700 activists have been killed this century defending the environment; Halt the use of facial-recognition technology until it is regulated; Victory for Netpol campaigning as Home Office confirms it has stopped using the term “domestic extremism”; The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 23, 2019: ICLMG: Review of Hassan Diab case won’t prevent future wrongful extraditions; The Liberals promised to reform Bill C-51. What happened?; CSIS harassment of Muslim youth; Air Canada forced 12-year-old Muslim girl to take off her hijab after already passing security; RCMP ‘sitting on’ watchdog report into alleged spying on anti-oil protesters; Deportation of former child refugee a violation of international law: Canadian human rights lawyer – take action!; Canada’s New and Irresponsible Encryption Policy; Federal Court Judge Concedes – If Canadian Embassy in Mexico Had Acted Differently, Mariano Abarca Might Not Have Been Murdered, But Refuses to Order Investigation; From El Paso to the War on Terror, the Dangers of Historical Amnesia; The FBI could fight far-right violence if they wanted to – but they don’t; Portland Rejects Proud Boys & Other Ultra-Right Groups as Trump Tries to Criminalize Antifa; Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Leaked Recording Shows; US to remove limit on how long immigrant children can be detained; For Years, Reporters Questioned the Terror Prosecution of Hamid Hayat. Now He’s Been Freed; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 19, 2019: ICLMG calls for release of report on Hassan Diab; ICLMG comments on new national security review mechanism coming into existence & new Entry/Exit program coming into force; ICLMG denounces Australian encryption law; Environmentalists felt like ‘enemies of the state’ after cabinet minister’s letter; Civil liberties association looking into the Cedar Hopperton parole case; Critics question why Canada’s border officers need bulletproof vests to work with migrants; In light of new US refugee policy, Canada must Immediately Suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement; Fight for the Future: Don’t Regulate Facial Recognition. Ban It; The network behind state bills ‘countering’ Sharia law and terrorism; Ethiopia: New journalist arrests put press freedom gains at risk; Crimean Tatars Face Unfounded Terrorism Charges: Raids, Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of Activists; Russian Journalist Feels ‘Doomed’ by Inclusion on Terror List; China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 12, 2019: ‘This isn’t about national security’: Civil liberties group releases Protest Papers showing CSIS spying of pipeline activists; ICLMG’ comments; Trans Mountain protesters may already be under surveillance; What CSIS ought to investigate instead; ‘Protesters as terrorists’: growing number of states turn anti-pipeline activism into a crime; Cedar Hopperton will stay in jail following heated speech at Hamilton city hall; It’s Time for the Democratic Candidates to Confront Islamophobia; China accused of rapid campaign to take Muslim children from their families; The Massive Perils of the Latest U.N. Resolution on Terrorism; U.K. proposal to ‘Bcc’ law enforcement on messaging apps threatens global privacy; Revealed: This Is Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual for Cops; Revealed: This Is Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual for Cops; Egypt: Detainees trapped in ‘revolving doors’ of prison system as authorities bypass release orders; Pentagon Document Shows U.S. Knew of “Credible” Reports of Civilian Casualties After Its Attacks in Somalia; FBI’s Leniency Toward Border Vigilante Contrasts With Harsh Treatment of “Black Identity Extremist”; Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too; ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits; Europe Has Turned Its Back on Its ISIS Suspects; Détention abusive: un recours collectif de 77 millions$, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 5, 2019: Take action: Justice Minister must release report on Hassan Diab now; Canada still shipping LAVs to Saudi Arabia; Advisory Group on National Security Transparency launched; Jason Kenney’s ‘War Room’ is a Threat to Free Speech; Calls for probe of Canadian lobbyist firm’s contract with Sudan military regime; She Defended Her Land Against a Mine in Guatemala. Then She Fled in Fear for Her Life; The missing outrage from Canada’s political leaders on U.S. child ‘torture facilities’; Judge blocks Trump policy keeping asylum-seekers locked up; US Authorities are misusing justice system to harass migrant human rights defenders; Pia Klemp: I Helped Save Thousands of Migrants from Drowning. Now I’m Facing 20 Years in Jail; Air strike kills at least 44 at migrant detention centre in Libya; Trump officials weigh encryption crackdown; Domestic extremism label is ‘manifestly deficient’ says former reviewer of terrorism laws; EU’s terrorism filter plans: The problems just keep coming; Whistleblower returns to Australian court over Afghan leak; Moratorium call on surveillance technology to end ‘free-for-all’ abuses: UN expert; Europe should ban AI for mass surveillance and social credit scoring, says advisory group; Japan to Hack 200 Million IoT Devices; CIA Has Covered Up Torture for Decades. Will Torturers Ever Be Prosecuted?; Don’t strip ISIS terror suspects like ‘Jihadi Jack’ of citizenship, experts say & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 28, 2019: 16 Years Fighting Deportation to Torture: Enough!; ICLMG: Who reviews cyber attacks in Canada?; CBSA won’t be getting independent review as bill dies; Feds spent $2M last year to fight Abdelrazik torture lawsuit; Death of Uighur writer sparks call for Canada to act; While applauding Canadian Arms Trade Treaty accession, civil society looks for action to curb our Saudi arms exports; Mounties put more eyes in the sky with expanding drone fleet; UK: Five ridiculous reasons why the police label campaigners as ‘domestic extremists’; Trump Admin Moves 100 Migrant Kids Back to “Child Jail” Despite Concern over Inhumane Conditions; Citizens to the UN: Investigate Our “Torture Chambers in the Sky”; Pakistan: Human right activist charged under anti-terrorism laws for raising voice over rape and murder of a minor; Australia: Anti-terrorism legislation strips civil liberties; Deprivation and Despair: A New Report on the Guantanamo Detainees; Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief; Daesh suspect Jack Letts’ parents found guilty of funding terrorism; Ottawa makes it harder for bidders to challenge national security exceptions and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 21, 2019: What we’ve done in 2019; C-59 has passed: MPs have failed to protect our rights; Canada should think again about having the ability to use offensive cyber weapons; RCMP was created to control Indigenous people. Can it change?; ‘Army’ of RCMP to Protect Pipeline, but No Answers on Indigenous Woman’s Death; Inuit land protectors arrested on Parliament Hill; Native rights advocates try to bust ‘riot-boosting’ law in court; Advocates urge Ottawa to stop sales of military goods to Saudi Arabia; UK: Arms to Saudi Arabia ruling welcomed as ‘rare piece of good news for Yemen’; Jim Bronskill: CSIS destroyed secret file on Pierre Trudeau, stunning historians; Scientists Are Aiding Apartheid in China; Des groupes de défense des libertés civiles intentent un recours juridique contre la loi 21; Next Customs and Border Protection press secretary will be Katharine Gorka; Surveillance and human rights: Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression; Kenya: Robert Alai may be first blogger charged under new anti-terrorism law; Krept & Konan accuse police of using anti-terror laws to ‘clampdown’ on rappers & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 14, 2019: Update on C-59; ICLMG interviewed: Army spies can collect, share info on Canadians + Teacher strip-searched at airport after angry guard didn’t find drugs; Why was centre for intelligence expertise kept so secret?; How the RCMP Dealt With the Media During a Suspected Terror Attack; Saudi Arabia: Authorities must not resort to use of death penalty against protester arrested aged 13; The FBI Admits Black Lives Matter Was Never a Threat. It’s White People You Should Be Worried About; Press Freedom Under Attack: Australian Police Raid Network for Exposing War Crimes in Afghanistan; Media group demands release of jailed Al Jazeera journalist; Stephen Breyer Is Worried About the Forever War’s Permanent Prisoners. He’s 15 Years Too Late; House panel bans new detainees from entering Gitmo, blocks new construction; Mauritania: Allow Ex-Guantanamo Detainee to Travel; OMCT calls on Turkish gov’t to investigate ‘credible’ torture allegations ‘across the country’; The Impact of “Extremist” Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content; Soudan : quatre personnes tuées au premier jour d’un mouvement de désobéissance civile.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 7, 2019: ICLMG had its Spring General Assembly on June 4 in Montreal; China targeting human-rights activists in Canada, Senate committee told; The Ongoing Persecution of China’s Uyghurs; Trump Administration Asks Congress to Make Disrupting Pipeline Construction a Crime Punishable by 20 Years in Prison; Meltdown Showed Extent of NSA Surveillance — and Other Tales From Hundreds of Intelligence Documents; Prosecuting Julian Assange for Espionage Is a Coup Attempt Against the First Amendment; Turkey seeks extradition of UK barrister over Twitter activity; “Massacre” in Sudan: Protesters Continue Call for Civilian Rule After Military Kills 100+ at Sit-in; Big Data and Criminal Justice – What Canadians Should Know; U.S. now seeking social media details from most visa applicants; Fatal gunfire escalates Pakistan army crackdown on Pashtun group; German security agencies want access to home devices and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 31, 2019: ICLMG: Senators fail to protect civil liberties by adopting Bill C-59 without crucial amendments; ICLMG to Justice Min: Release Report & Launch Public Inquiry into Hassan Diab Case Now; Open Letter to GCHQ on the Threats Posed by the Ghost Proposal; We are now on Instagram! Lawyers filed a humanitarian appeal in Canada on behalf of four of the Snowden refugees; Yasser Ahmed Albaz’s Detention In Notorious Egyptian Prison Renewed Yet Again; Egypt: Serious Abuses, War Crimes in North Sinai; Criminal charges dropped against group that occupied Muskrat Falls in 2016; After Standing Rock, protesting pipelines can get you a decade in prison and $100K in fines; Le compte Twitter de TLMEP remis en service après avoir été signalé par un internaute; It’s ‘immoral’ to not let Canadians detained in Syria come home: human rights advocate; US Navy wants 350 billion social media posts; Les dockers de Marseille refusent de charger des armes à destination de l’Arabie saoudite; Congress Needs to Take Responsibility for America’s Wars; These laws make police get public buy-in on surveillance tools; Privacy International Wins Historic Victory at UK Supreme Court; Pakistan: Investigate North Waziristan killings, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 24, 2019: Islamic Relief Canada joins the ICLMG; Meet ICLMG’s co-chair, Rasha; Why wasn’t Bissonnette charged with terrorism?; The secret story of Canada’s fight against migrants; 6th migrant child died in US custody; Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa; Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues; The Espionage Axe: Donald Trump and the War Against a Free Press – podcast & video; ‘We won’t be complicit’: Italian dock workers refuse to load Saudi arms ship over Yemen war – video; Architects of Post-9/11 CIA Interrogation Program to Testify Before a Military Tribunal; Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted; Access Now on the Christchurch Call: rights, wrongs, and what’s next; Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 17, 2019: Bill C-59: Senate committee misses opportunity to protect rights. Now Senate as a whole must act; Take action: Call on the Senate to fix Bill C-59 and protect our rights!; Animal rights activists are labelled extremists, surveilled by police; Q&A: Omar Khadr and Canadian law; Three former Guantanamo prisoners were cleared by the U.S. — but will Ottawa let them join their Canadian wives?; I’ve Been to Guantanamo. It’s No Place for Kids.; Migrant boy, 2, dies after being detained by US Border Patrol; 4th death of minor since December; His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted By a Secretive CBP Task Force; ‘Flying Ginsu’ Missile Won’t Resolve U.S. Targeted Killing Controversy; Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info; Chelsea Manning ordered to jail again after refusing to testify on WikiLeaks; France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document; Muslim groups contest claim that proposed definition could undermine counter-terror fight, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 10, 2019: ICLMG urges Senate to protect our rights & fix Bill C-59, the National Security Act, 2017; CBSA seizes lawyer’s devices for not sharing passwords; ICLMG on new CBSA review legislation and No-Fly List Study; How Mass Surveillance Works in Xinjiang, China; Counter-terrorism measures threaten democracy; Turquie : perpétuité confirmée pour les journalistes Ahmet Altan et Nazli Ilicak; Coalition Letter to DHS Opposing Surveillance of Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers; It’s time for everyone to admit that the Guantanamo military commissions have failed & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 3, 2019: Tim McSorley on Bill C-59 Senate Commitee hearing; Families of 2 executed men call on Canada to stop arming Saudi Arabia; RCMP invasion of Wet’suwet’en Nation territory breaches Canada’s ‘rule of law’; Pipeline Protester in West Virginia Faces Terrorism Charge for Civil Disobedience; Trump blacklisting the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with ‘fighting terrorism’; New Pentagon Report Significantly Undercounts Civilian Casualties; US Counterterrorism Under the UN Spotlight; Another synagogue shooting: Of course Trump won’t crack down on white supremacist terror; Nationalist Politicians Push Sri Lankan “Patriot Act” on Fearful Populace Following Easter Attacks; Brown University student mistakenly identified as Sri Lanka bombing suspect; Campaigners against Uighur oppression blacklisted on terrorism database; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 26, 2019: B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s no-fly list; Enabling Civil Society Report; Omar Khadr à TLMEP; Coalition airstrikes Killed 1,600 Syrian Civilians; Saudi Arabia executed 37 after sham terror trial; Vancouver airport rejects ads offering information on digital privacy; US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years; Communities at risk: How encroaching surveillance is putting a squeeze on activists; We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine; How the War on Terror Is Being Written; Guantánamo’s Slow Poisoning of Democracy; US immigration officials looking at housing migrant children at Guantánamo Bay, report says; The U.S.-Mexico border isn’t protected by militias, it’s patrolled by domestic terrorists; Severe police-state measures come into force in Sri Lanka; Collapse of rule of law in Erdoğan’s Turkey; NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program; Indigenous peoples lives and their rights increasingly at risk; Cutting off the internet is a TERRIBLE idea, whether or not you agree with Extinction Rebellion, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 19, 2019: Canada’s terror threat report maligns communities; Le SPVM refuse de dire s’il espionne les Montréalais.es; Civil Society Under Attack in Name of Counterterrorism; The US Military Feeds at the Terror Trough; ICC Makes “Dangerous Decision” to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure; The Corruption of the Terrorist Group List; French Agency Falsely Reports More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content; Sri Lankan government prepares new anti-terrorism laws; Three teens charged in Malta over refugee ship hijacking; Britons going to terror hotspots face 10 years in jail under controversial new laws; Aidan James: British man who fought against Daesh in Syria faces retrial on terror charges; UK overseas spending linked to 350 death sentences in Pakistan; UK government signals it could back Britons in Syria facing death penalty in Iraq; DC Circuit says Guantanamo judge created ‘intolerable cloud of partiality’ and tosses his rulings; Trump shifting DHS focus from counterterrorism to immigration (podcast); Alberta: Jason Kenney promet de s’en prendre aux écolos; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 12, 2019: Tim McSorley on changes to problematic Threat Report, National Security Committee’s 1st annual report & first Senate committee meeting on Bill C-59; 5 Reasons to Care about RCMP Monitoring Your Social Media; US Judge considers whether terror watchlist is unconstitutional; As Black Activists Protested Police Killings, Homeland Security Had Unfounded Fear They Might Join ISIS; UN Special Rapporteurs’ Comments on New Australian Law on Online “Abhorrent Violent Material”; Jailing social media bosses won’t make us safer from terrorists; The Consequences of Legislating Cyberlaw After Terrorist Attacks; How News Media Talk About Terrorism: What the Evidence Shows; India – Anti-terror cell keeps eye on ration card applicants; My Father Was Killed on 9/11 When I Was Five, But What I Experienced at Guantánamo Bay Did Not Feel Like Justice; Guantánamo Trials Grapple With How Much Evidence to Allow About Torture; China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority; Dems introduce bill to repeal Trump ‘Muslim ban’; Canadian Council for Refugees shocked by anti-refugee provisions in Budget Implementation bill; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 5, 2019: Tim McSorley on redraft of (Un)Safe Third Country Agreement; Why is my child on a terrorist watchlist?; No digital device privacy at Canadian border; Canada must help refugee families who helped Snowden; RCMP Has Yet to Complete Privacy Assessment on Social Media Surveillance Tech; Ontario court refuses to order accused to unlock his smartphone; Centre de prévention de la radicalisation: Montréal caviarde l’essentiel du rapport; France – Le gouvernement mobilise la lutte anti-terroriste contre les activistes du climat; Coalition of WWII Japanese American internment camp survivors stage protest at migrant detention facility at border; MI6 face another criminal investigation into allegations its officers were party to Guantanamo torture; Pakistan: Misusing Anti-Terrorism Courts; Who facilitated the Christchurch terrorist’s journey through hate?; Australia’s plans for internet regulation: aimed at terrorism, but harming human rights; ‘I felt like a slave:’ Inside China’s complex system of incarceration and control of minorities; Crimea: At least 20 people detained in a new crackdown against Crimean Tatar minority; Bosnians deported from Croatia for ‘refusing to spy on Muslims’; Death from Above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen; Podcast: American Dystopia: The State, Surveillance and Illusion of Choice & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 29, 2019: RCMP Social Media Spying Part of Broad Threat to Privacy; Finally Getting it Right on Omar Khadr; Airstrike by Saudi-led coalition killed 5 children; NZ response to mosque massacre offers lessons for Canada; UK police force can download everything from your phone without your consent; Toronto police tight-lipped on details around acquisition of controversial surveillance tool; Green Scare: How a Movement That Never Killed Anyone Became the FBI’s No. 1 Domestic Terrorism Threat; Fear of Black Homeland: The Strange Tale of the FBI’s Fictional “Black Identity Extremism” Movement; Terrorism’s Double Standard: Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists; Sending in the Troops; Ground-Breaking Federal Court Hearing over Canadian Mining Diplomacy and Assassination of Mexican Community Leader; Justin Brake’s case a win for journalistic freedom; Turkish photojournalist Cagdas Erdogan to stand trial on terrorism charges; Two of the Snowden Refugees arrive in Canada; UK ‘Schedule 7’ stops in violation of human rights, European court rules; ‘The Case Is Finally Over’: Charges Dropped Against All Remaining J20 Defendants.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 22, 2019: The victims of the NZ shootings; Christchurch happens every day in the war of terror; Trudeau govt must address Islamophobia now; Is NZ the tipping point in the fight against white power movement?; ‘War on Terror’ advocates have ‘generated’ far-right terrorism; Rights Activists Denounce China’s Xinjiang White Paper; The Hidden U.S. Air War in Somalia: Amnesty Accuses U.S. of Possible War Crimes for Civilian Deaths; Les caméras du G7 continueront de filmer; Budget includes watchdog agency for border officers; ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes; The FBI Won’t Hand Over Its Surveillance Records on ‘Black Identity Extremists,’ so We’re Suing; Counter-terrorism and humanitarian action: The perils of zero tolerance; The Maharashtra Muslims acquitted of ‘terrorism’ after 25 years; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 15, 2019: Mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand; Resources against Islamophobia; Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces; ICLMG responds to ex-CSIS analyst op-ed; CAUT interviews Tim McSorley; Counter-terrorism: How do we ensure the state is accountable?; UK’s Prevent guidance to universities unlawful, court rules; Aid groups worry new US anti-terror law could leave them liable; Rappers Charged With Terrorism for Sharing Song Critical of Police on Facebook and YouTube; Plans for Wheelchair-Accessible Cells at Gitmo Paint ‘Chilling Picture’ of Detainees Held Without Trial For Rest of Their Lives; The American Machine: Police Torture to Drone Assassinations (podcast); The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show; Canada must do more to help jailed Saudi women, activist says; Soupçonnés d’être liés à l’Etat islamique, des enfants torturés en Irak (vidéo); and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 8, 2019: Canada Must Cancel Vehicles Sales to Saudi Arabia; UN: Saudi anti-terror laws stifle dissent; The Fruit Machine; US lawmakers sign pledge to end forever wars; UK & US bombs killed 1,000 Yemeni civilians; Inside the Secretive U.S. Air War in Somalia: How Many Civilians Have Died as Strikes Escalate?; Security force killings ‘not crimes’; Abuses against Children Suspected of ISIS Affiliation in Iraq; EU ‘Terrorist Content’ Proposal Sets Dire Example for Free Speech Online; Disputed NSA Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says; U.S. Govt Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates with Secret Database; GOP’s anti-Muslim display likens Rep. Omar to a terrorist; Will Guantanamo become a 2020 issue?; Google hedges on promise to end controversial involvement in military drone contract; ICE Releases 12 Infants From Detention After Outcry; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 1, 2019: ICLMG: Canada must act now for the release and return of Yasser Ahmed Albaz; ‘I want my father home’: Family of man detained in Egypt calls on Canada to intervene; ICLMG’s comment on Bill C-59 and the inaction on the No Fly List; UN Special Rapporteur: Counter-terrorism is shrinking civil society space; UN says Israel’s killings at Gaza protests may amount to war crimes; Nunavut priest sex abuse case stirs up criticism of ‘least fair law in Canada’; Police in Canada Are Tracking People’s ‘Negative’ Behavior In a ‘Risk’ Database; The Trial: A short film on Guantanamo; Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani, a new graphic novel; Stansted 15 ordered back to court over aggravated trespass case; Liberté for Whom? French Muslims Grapple With a Republic That Codified Their Marginalization; TEDxTalk: Why people should govern surveillance technology and not the other way around, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 22, 2019: ICLMG on the lack of independent review of CBSA; Justice isn’t served when double standards taint the system; Canada must act in case of political prisoners in Honduras; Mapping the American War on Terror in 80 countries; US Government Rebuked for Giving 1,400 Private Companies Access to Dubious Terrorism Watchlist; The Department of Justice Loves Publicizing Arrests of Alleged Terrorists — but Not the White Nationalist Coast Guard Officer; UK: Freedom of expression and the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act; Russian Federation: misuse of anti-terrorism legislation limits media freedom and freedom of expression; He is a prominent anti-Modi intellectual. The Indian government wants him behind bars; Global assault on NGOs reaches crisis point as new laws curb vital human rights work; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 15, 2019: Change of Heart: Call Trudeau Today to Stop Moe Harkat’s Deportation; Open letter to Public Safety Minister Re Inaction on CBSA accountability; Mother of Canadian Resident Imprisoned in Iran Seeks Pardon; L’époque d’Alexandre Bissonnette; La genèse d’une tuerie; Ottawa must go further in fighting right-wing extremism; Why is Canada ignoring the Snowden refugees?; U.S. Bombings in Afghanistan Approached Record Levels in 2018; What happened to prisoners at Bagram, ‘Afghanistan’s Guantanamo’?; ‘Shame for humanity’: Turkey urges China to close Uighur camps; Open letter to EU Parliament on the Terrorism Database; Calls for UK extremism database to be abolished; The U.K.’s Prosecution of Peaceful Protestors Is Raising Fears Over Anti-Terror Laws; Anti-‘Black Pete’ protestors make complaint about inclusion on terrorism list; Dems Accuse Trump Admin of “State-Sponsored Child Abuse” as Separated Migrant Children Scandal Grows; Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi’s ‘brutal’ murder, UN special rapporteur says; Lithuania faces second suit over CIA ‘black site’, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 7, 2019: Border agency breaches privacy of refugee claimant; Harassment, sexual assault among alleged misconduct by border agents investigated by CBSA; Lettre du Président du Centre culturel islamique de Québec au Premier Ministre du Québec; Tories ‘Ramping Up Fear’ About Refugees As Election Looms: Experts; Monia Mazigh: Kingston arrest shows terrorism charges are exclusively for Muslims; Policing Indigenous Dissent: Trends Behind Wet’suwet’en Raid; Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as ‘terrorism’ threat and viewed KKK as victims; UN tells UK: stop using terror charges against peaceful protesters; Targeted Killing and the Right to Life: A Structural Framework; Saudi Arabia: Authorities must drop calls to execute peaceful protesters; Exclusive Report: Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy; Trump administration argues it could be ‘traumatic’ to reunite thousands of migrant children with their parents; Like Military at Gitmo, ICE Reportedly Using Nasal Tubes to Force Feed Migrant Prisoners on Hunger Strike; Alex Neve: Trump-led U.S. is not ‘safe’ for refugees & more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 1, 2019: Canada ignores national security threat posed by violence against women; Why we’re holding vigil for Qc city Mosque victims; “Irresponsable et inexact”: Legault nie l’existence de l’Islamophobie au Québec; Response to Quebec mosque killings stands in stark contrast to arrest of teen in Kingston; Mosquée de Québec: une veuve reconnue comme victime; Undercover agents target Toronto-based cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab, which reported key details in Khashoggi case; UK Royal Air Forces classified the Stansted 15 as an ‘enemy force’; Canada denies Rohingya couple’s asylum claim; Commissaire à la protection de la vie privée du Canada: La liberté et la démocratie ne peuvent exister sans la vie privée; Sept. 11 defense lawyers threaten hearing boycott over FBI interview of paralegal; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 25, 2019: Chaque jour est un enfer, témoigne la veuve d’une victime de l’attentat de la mosquée de Québec; Chinese Islamophobia was made in the West; Wife of Canadian citizen jailed 13 years in China fears he’s been ‘forgotten’ amid Huawei crisis; Time for Canada to stand with Yemeni civilians, not Saudi war criminals; UN: 254 Palestinians killed, 23,000 injured in Gaza protests; How a Pakistani boy exposed police for killing his family; Abiy’s Ethiopia pardons 13,000 accused of treason or terrorism; Turquie : dix ans de prison pour Murat Arslan, lauréat 2017 du prix Vaclav-Havel; UK: Do not criminalise aid work; Stansted 15 launch appeal against disproportionate convictions; No End in Sight: The Perils of Trump’s Guantánamo; Une personne meure aux mains de la police à chaque 4 jours au Canada; Hundreds of nonviolent immigration detainees sent to max-security jails as part of ‘abhorrent’ government program; Pressure mounts on Amazon, Microsoft, and Google against selling facial recognition to government, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 18, 2019: RCMP action against Wet’suwet’en places corporate interests over Indigenous rights; After 17-year fight against security certificate, Toronto man sues govt for $34M; As a former Iranian prisoner, I know Trudeau must save Saeed Malekpour; Rally at Global Affairs Canada: Cancel Saudi Weapons Deal, End ALL Weapons Exports; Saudi Use of Child Soldiers in Yemen: US Tax Dollars “Help Pay for It”; Our Lawsuit Against the Trump Administration Revealed How It Lies About Terrorism; Kanji: The Uighurs remain forgotten in debates over human rights in China; 8-Year-Old Guatemalan Boy Dies in Border Patrol Custody Days After High Court Rejects Asylum Ban; Syria: US withdrawal does not erase Coalition’s duty towards Raqqa’s devastated civilians; Deciphering the extremism narrative; How the Iraqi crackdown on the Islamic State may actually increase support for the Islamic State; 17 Years Later, Guantanamo Prison Remains a Threat to Human Rights; Rubin: It’ll be tough getting answers from Canada’s new security and intelligence committee; Give Up the Ghost: A Backdoor by Another Name; Will Trump’s AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance?; ‘Record number’ of human rights defenders killed in 2018, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 21, 2018: Canadian Public Deserves Answers Over Problematic New National Security Report; Protecting Human Rights in Canada: Anne’s Story; RCMP entrapment of B.C. couple was ‘travesty of justice,’ court rules; Another Canadian detained in China… since 2006; Bill C-21 is now law: CBSA can now collect exit data from all travelers from Canada to the US; What is the government hiding in the lawsuit against a security certificate?; Andrew Scheer’s tweet disparages Omar Khadr; From Arizona to Yemen: How Bombs Built by Raytheon in Tucson Killed 31 Civilians in Yemeni Village; Justice for Jakelin: Lawmakers Demand Answers in Death of 7-Year-Old Girl in Border Patrol Custody; Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters; Anti-Muslim agitator gives video apology to owner of Paramount Fine Foods over ‘jihadist’ comments; Why New Laws Aren’t Needed to Take Domestic Terrorism More Seriously; ‘We’ Did Not Miss the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism. You Did; Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us; Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Trying to Make It a Federal Crime to Participate in Boycott of Israel; Briton jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges flees bail back to UK; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 14, 2018: ICLMG: Canada is deporting a man to torture. Will we let that happen?; Canada failed to provide full redress for its involvement in torture of 5 Canadians, says UN CAT; Bill C-59 is moving on to Senate Committee; Time to Repair the Errors of the War on Terror; Polytechnique, 6 décembre 1989 : un premier attentat antiféministe?; Tim McSorley’s comments on news article: ” GCHQ boosts powers to launch mass data hacking”; GCHQ Propose A ‘Going Dark’ Workaround That Creates The Same User Trust Problem Encryption Backdoors Do; U.S. Border Agents Fail to Delete Personal Data of Travelers After Electronic Searches, Watchdog Says; Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret; Omar Khadr writes of hope for end to ‘indefinite and potentially endless detention’; Activists found guilty of terrorism-related offense for stopping U.K. migrant deportations; ‘Terrorism’ database cites ‘Islamophobic’ sources in Muslim profiles; UN human rights experts concerned about EU’s online counter-terrorism proposal; Turkish anti-terror laws make lives of some impossible – Council of Europe commissioner; UN Review Should Help Children Caught in ISIS Conflict; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 7, 2018: Two Minutes Against Torture: Stop Moe Harkat’s Deportation!; A dark day for press freedom: Vice editorial response to Supreme Court of Canada ruling; Govt doc calls Unist’ot’en leader ‘aboriginal extremist’; UN Special Rapporteur: ‘Counter-terrorism is devouring international law’; COE Commissioner for Human Rights: Misuse of anti-terror legislation threatens free expression; U.S. Lethal Operations in Somalia Are On the Rise. But Are They Effective?; Canadian woman continues to fight to obtain a passport; Saudi friend of Khashoggi living in Canada thinks their texts led to journalist’s killing; For China, Islam is a ‘mental illness’ that needs to be ‘cured’; Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use torture; Matthew Behrens on the terror of violence against women; Manifestation du G7: Les arrêtés poursuivent la police et la Ville; Le Canada soupçonné d’être responsable de la migration forcée des Honduriens; Why this billboard in rural Ontario is calling for the release of a Honduran prisoner; Video: How Encryption Saves Lives and Fuels our Economy, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 30, 2018: Canadian lawyer & his refugee clients persecuted since hiding Snowden; UN CAT’s review of Canada; Jail, House Arrest, and Fines for Pipeline Opponents; Canada’s Saudi weapons sales a moral race to the bottom; Exclusive: Secret documents say Canada’s no-fly list poses ‘national security risk,’ but a fix is still years away; RCMP officers given permission to break the law a record 73 times in 2017, report shows; Family Members and Allies of Mariano Abarca Denounce Nine Years of Impunity for His Assassination; Fears China’s internment camps could spread as area home to Muslim minority signs ‘anti-terror’ deal; UK Home Office ‘wrongly tried to deport 300 skilled migrants’; Children ‘Screaming and Coughing in the Mayhem’ as Trump Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas Into Mexico; Families are still being separated at the border, months after “zero tolerance” was reversed; Liberté, Egalité, Absurdity: French anti-terror laws are robbing people of their freedom; New Law Could Give U.K. Unconstitutional Access to Americans’ Personal Data, Human Rights Groups Warn; Unregulated intelligence sharing poses substantive risks to human rights and to the democratic rule of law; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 23, 2018: No Fly List Kids and ICLMG on the Hill to push for a redress system; Podcast featuring Tim McSorley: Confronting the Canadian ‘security’ state; Video: Thank you to our Patrons!; Muslim Students Speak Out About Being Targeted By Canadian Spy Agency; Federal appeals court upholds ruling blocking CSIS from conducting certain forms of spying on foreign states; Trudeau plays cynical waiting game while children die in Yemen; Trump’s Amoral Saudi Statement Is a Pure Expression of Decades-Old “U.S. Values” and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies; Jailed Saudi women’s rights activists said to face electric shocks, beatings and other abuse; Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s “Asylum Ban,” Saying President Can’t Rewrite Immigration Laws; At Gitmo 9/11 trial, prosecutor gives lurid details of CIA prisons. Defense says: Not enough; CIA explored using potential truth serum drug for post 9/11 interrogations; Justin Trudeau Conflating BDS With Anti-Semitism Is Dangerous; Court rejects neo-Nazi’s free speech defense in SPLC case; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 16, 2018: Moe Harkat should not be deported to torture; Panel Discussion: Extradition after Diab; 500,000 Killed by US War on Terror; Canada stays mum on Saudi arms sales, CSIS chief hears Khashoggi recordings; Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration; ICE Is Imprisoning a Record 44,000 People; Iraq’s So-Called “ISIS Families”: Rounded up, Vilified, Forgotten; Canada rallies more than a dozen countries in calling on China to release ‘arbitrarily’ detained Muslims; Muslim Students’ Association says executives receiving surprise visits from law enforcement; Holocaust survivor urges solidarity and justice; America’s long and painful history of domestic terrorism against racial and religious minorities; Trump warns antifa: Opposition to you could be tougher and ‘much more violent’; How Nicaragua Uses Anti-Terror Laws Against Protesters to Suppress Dissent; University alerts students to danger of leftwing essay; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 9, 2018: Canada should not collect all travelers’ exit data, ICLMG tells Senate Committee; Stop the deportation of Moe Harkat; Ottawa rejects senators’ demand to give greater weight to human rights in arms deals; Canada remains complicit in the war on Yemen; Editorial: Ottawa should press for release of Saeed Malekpour; Human Rights Under Attack: Gareth Peirce on The New Dark Age; Toronto human rights lawyer sounds the alarm on Canada’s plans to use AI in immigration; Trump administration seeks to deny asylum to migrants who cross border illegally; Canada and United States not facing asylum seeker crisis: UNHCR official; Spy service says federal pipeline purchase seen as ‘betrayal’ by many opponents; Double standard emerges as activists see special airline boarding pass designation; Canada, Western countries condemn China at UN for repression of Muslims; Israel’s Netanyahu Endorses Death Penalty for Palestinians Only; In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic; EU: Leak reveals states are ready to put human rights defenders at risk to protect surveillance industry, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 2, 2018: Renewed calls for public inquiry as France pushes appeal decision in Hassan Diab case to next year; Peter MacKay signed off on Hassan Diab extradition with no guarantee officials would monitor trial, documents show; The Ottawa Raging Grannies sing to stop the deportation to torture of Moe Harkat!; CUPE team meets Mohamed Harkat!; Canadian resident jailed in Iran suffers heart attack, family says; Muskrat Falls Parliament Hill Direct Action: See Their Faces!; Court rejects secrecy bid in court case over alleged spying on anti-pipeline activists; Four sentenced to jail and taken into custody today for Trans Mountain pipeline opposition; Should Canada cancel its arms deal with Saudi Arabia? Yes; Canada has ‘a legal obligation’ to repatriate citizens who left to fight for ISIS, says UN rapporteur; Like His Boss, Pence Misleads Public About Terrorism and Immigration; Trump says he may send 15,000 troops to U.S.-Mexico border; Here Is a List of Far-Right Attackers Trump Inspired. Cesar Sayoc Wasn’t the First — and Won’t Be the Last; As Bolsonaro Threatens to Criminalize Protests, a New Resistance Movement Is Emerging in Brazil; Looking for Justice? Avoid Guantanamo; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 26, 2018: Watch live – The French Court of Appeal decision in Dr. Hassan Diab’s case comes out today; The Ottawa Raging Grannies denounce Bill C-59, the National Security Act, 2017; Lawyers raise concerns over new Terrorist Activities Sanctions Act; Mother accused of violating injunction tells court she was supporting son’s wish to resist Muskrat Falls; Ottawa eyes freezing permits for armoured vehicle sales to Saudis as it re-examines contract; Saudi airstrike kills 19 civilians, including children, near Yemeni city of Hodeida; The War on Terror is the Reign of Terror; Governments are starving Yemenis, fuelling black markets through anti-terror legislation; The U.N. Security Council’s Outsized Role in Shaping Counter Terrorism Regulation and Its Impact on Human Rights; Mexico: Honduran caravan is not a security threat but a group of people with human rights; Swedish student who stopped deportation flight of Afghan asylum seeker to be prosecuted; The shrinking space for solidarity with migrants and refugees; MI5 can authorise agents to commit crimes, tribunal told; Counter-terror bill is a threat to press freedom, say campaigners; Australia: UN human rights expert warns proposed cybersecurity bill is too extreme; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 19, 2018: ICLMG Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture; Canada Ignores Obligation to Investigate Omar Khadr Torture & Act to Prevent Future Abuses; Syria: A year after Raqqa, US-led Coalition’s ongoing denials an insult to survivors; Anti-Terrorism Laws Increasingly Used to Target Indigenous Activists; Canada still selling armoured vehicles to Saudis despite ‘concern’ of missing journalist; RCMP investigate alleged Saudi agents spying on dissident’s Montreal phone; Canada pension fund invests in US immigration detention firms; Canadian Charities Balk At Proposed Liberal Tax Changes; European Counter-Terrorism Approaches: A Slow and Insidious Erosion of Fundamental Rights; HRW criticizes new UK counter-terrorism bill; Police spies infiltrated UK leftwing groups for decades; China: Mass internment camps are places of punishment, not ‘vocational training’; As U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired U.S. Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders; Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years: US admiral; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 12, 2018: Charges dropped against high flying Trans Mountain protestors; Canadian police favor mining interests over indigenous peoples; FBI Informant Spent Years Entrapping Muslim Men; US immigration policies resulted in thousands more family separations than previously disclosed; Kavanaugh’s record hints at a potential Supreme Court shift on detainees, wartime powers; Egypt: Mass death sentence and unfair military trials will not deliver justice for victims of church bombings; China’s Human Rights Abuses Against Uighurs in Xinjiang; Crown prince sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him, U.S. intercepts show; Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think; Israel’s Gabriella Blum Helped Write the Laws of Drone Warfare. Nearly Two Decades Later, She Has Regrets; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 5, 2018: Protectors Jailed Weeks After Trans Mountain Pipeline Quashed By Court; Standing Rock activist faces prison after officer shot him in the face; Saudi Arabia agents likely spying on dissident in Canada; Hassan Diab appeal decision delayed a month; Privacy experts alarmed by Five Eyes demand for ‘backdoors’ on tech devices; CRA suspends, fines major Islamic charity over concerns it may have ‘provided resources’ to armed militants; Worst Suspicions Confirmed: Government Reports Show Domestic Anti-Terrorism Efforts Target Minorities; 13,000 migrant children in detention: America’s horrifying reality; Citing Trump’s racism, a federal judge restores protections for immigrants feeling wars and disasters; A New AUMF Is Not a Solution to “Endless War”; L’ONU va enquêter sur le génocide des Rohingya en Birmanie; La Cour d’appel tranche en faveur du hijab au tribunal, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 28, 2018: An apology for Hassan Diab; MPs pass motions to call Rohingya killings a genocide & revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary citizenship; Feds want secrecy over court case on pipeline spy allegations; The UPR of Canada is a missed opportunity to escalate human rights commitments; Sulemaan Ahmed: La puck roule lentement pour nous; Ottawa’s use of AI in immigration system has profound implications for human rights; Hungary upholds ‘terrorism’ conviction against Syrian refugee; Immigration detainee Ebrahim Toure finally free after more than five years; Undocumented Immigrant Faces a Choice: Become an Informant for ICE or Be Deported; Un Palestinien tué lors d’affrontements à la frontière entre Israël et Gaza; UK intelligence agency admits unlawfully spying on Privacy International; Citizens’ group wants prosecution over CIA rendition program; Joe Robinson: Turkish court convicts former UK soldier, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 21, 2018: Judge orders indefinite delay in CSIS compensation trial, orders Crown to pay legal costs; WATCH: The Ottawa panel discussion about Abousfian Abdelrazik’s ordeal after the screening of short film The Long Way Home; Canada betrays its own citizens. Hassan Diab’s case is among its most egregious: Neil Macdonald; Police violated people’s right to protest during Quebec G7, report suggests; Federal prosecutors using expanded powers to target terrorist propaganda web content; Five-Eyes Intelligence Services Choose Surveillance Over Security; Muslim-American can sue over ‘no-fly list’: U.S. appeals court; Illegal protest or protecting the land? An Indigenous woman gets ready to face a Canadian court; Paterson and Waldman: Latest death in Canada Border Services custody shows independent oversight needed; Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever; Sentinel Species: The Criminalization of Animal Rights Activists as ‘Terrorists,’ and What It Means for Civil Liberties in Trump’s America; A Moment of Silence, Before I Start This Poem; 100,000 demand release of Syrian man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing a few stones in Hungary; Study shows two-thirds of U.S. terrorism tied to right-wing extremists; Experts, advocates call on Trudeau to declare Rohingya crisis genocide; Egypt: Death sentences and heavy prison terms handed down in disgraceful mass trial.
Unforeseen circumstances prevented us from sending a News Digest on September 13, 2018.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 7, 2018: Tim McSorley: Challenges, but no crisis at the border; U.N. Peace Operations Should Get Off the Counter-Terror Bandwagon; Trump suggests that protesting should be illegal; Exclusive: U.N. Human Rights Experts Meet With Facebook on “Overly Broad” Definitions of Terrorist Content; UN calls on China to free Uyghurs from ‘re-education camps’; Trump’s Guantanamo Plan Could Force Court Battle Over Legality Of ISIS War; Saudi Arabia admits ‘mistakes’ in airstrike that killed 40 Yemeni children; New: Stop Mohamed Harkat’s Deportation to Torture; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 31st, 2018: Sen. Harder won’t testify in Abdelrazik case, but several other parliamentarians will; China Declared Islam a Contagious Disease – and Quarantined 1 Million Muslims; UN: In Battles Over Land Rights, Activists Branded as Criminals; Canada’s surveillance regime targets Indigenous peoples; Nicaragua’s New Anti-Terrorism Law Thwarts Protesters, Activists Say; US denying passports to Hispanic Americans in South Texas; Opinion – Due process: Guantanamo detainees should be released; Pearl Eliadis: Charities, ‘political activity’ and free speech; and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 25th, 2018: ICLMG: External Review Into Case of Hassan Diab Falls Far Short; Rubin: Government stonewalling on Hassan Diab shows why we need a full inquiry; ICLMG Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: Questions and Concerns about New Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction; Feds launch consultations with Canadians wrongly flagged by no-fly list; NCCM’s written submission to Canada’s third Universal Periodic Review; One Million Muslim Uighurs Have Been Detained by China, the U.N. Says. Where’s the Global Outrage?; ’Your Bombs Are Killing Victims Here’: U.S.-Made Bomb Hit School Bus in Attack That Killed 40 Yemeni Children; AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda; Saudi Arabia: Appalling plan to execute female activist must be stopped; G7: le déploiement policier était excessif, selon un rapport; Anti-fascists say police post mugshots on Twitter to ‘intimidate and silence’; Women speak out against criminalization of land defenders, water protectors; Death of man in CBSA custody after altercation on plane requires independent investigation, rights watchdogs say; Trump administration says deportable immigrants can’t go to the courts — even if their first amendments rights are violated; Lawyers on the Border Still Dealing With Fallout From Family Separations; Legitimizing Foreign Mass Surveillance in the European Court of Human Rights; China’s Aggressive Surveillance Technology Will Spread Beyond Its Borders; Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources; Google plans to launch censored search engine in China, leaked documents reveal.
The News Digest was on hiatus until August 25th, 2018.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 27th, 2018: New ICLMG’s issue paper on Canada’s No-Fly List; Hassan Diab to boycott external review of his extradition to France; Police, spies and white supremacy: A brief history; How the writings of right-leaning pundits drove fear and hate after the Faisal Hussain tragedy; 2017, année la plus meurtrière pour les défenseurs de l’environnement; UK intelligence and police using child spies in covert operations; The case against anti-terrorism laws; Behind closed doors, Guantánamo secret court talks about the CIA, torture and rights; Les arrêté-es du G7 : des conditions de libération disproportionnées; Gender rights hypocrisy, a Youtube ban, and anti-terrorism legislation used to crush dissent: A dark month in the MENA region; Globe editorial: Conservative accusation of a border ‘crisis’ doesn’t wash; Civil society leaders call on Parliamentary Committee to Ensure Protection of Human Rights for Refugee Claimants crossing into Canada from the United States; Audit of immigration detention review system reveals culture that favours incarceration; Standing Up Against Deportation (video); “Why Abolish ICE Doesn’t Go Far Enough”: Oscar Chacón on the Roots of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown; While in ICE custody, thousands of migrants reported sexual abuse; Statewatch Observatory: Creation of a centralised Justice & Home Affairs database is “a point of no return”; Saving the U.N. “Internet Resolution” from sharks circling in Geneva.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 20th, 2018: Public Inquiry for Hassan Diab is necessary; American-Made Bombs Are Killing Civilians in Yemen; Wife of beaten Mississauga man speaks out after attack; Tens of Thousands of Muslims Are Fleeing China; Lip Service Paid to Human Rights During UN Counterterrorism Week; Erdogan puts emergency state powers into law; The US and Canada are preparing for a new Standing Rock over the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline; Canada is giving credit to the false claim of a refugee crisis by creating a new ministry of Border Security, headed by Bill Blair; Most Trump Voters Wrongly Believe MS-13 Is A Threat To The Entire U.S.; UNHCR: Does Canada have a refugee crisis? No; CBSA to announce new alternatives to immigration detention; Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?; 2017-18 Report on reviewing the Communications Security Establishment tabled in Parliament.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 13th, 2018: Decision in Hassan Diab appeal delayed after sudden appearance of new evidence; Bill C-59 and the Former Bill C-22: Compromised Oversight and Continuing Threats to Non-Derogable Rights; Analysis of the 2017 Report of the Commissioner of the CSE, part II: The circumstances are always exceptional; Yémen : Amnesty International dénonce des « crimes de guerre » dans des prisons secrètes; Secret War: The U.S. Has Conducted 550 Drone Strikes in Libya Since 2011 – More Than in Somalia, Yemen, or Pakistan; Trump Administration: We Can Keep Guantanamo Prisoners Locked Up For 100 Years; Will an anti-terror law prevent school shootings?; UK counter-terror bill risks criminalising curiosity – watchdog; Turkey fires thousands of state employees in anti-terrorism purge; The Real-Life Consequences of the (Now Lawful) Travel Ban; White terror privilege: Trump Quietly Pardoned White Domestic Terrorists (video); Dossier spécial Droit de manifester – Éditorial; ‘Unmasking Antifa Act’: Proposed US law could send masked anti-fascist activists to prison for 15 years; Josh Paterson: Would you trust the Trump administration with your kids?; CIA-Linked Military Contractor Used Arizona “Black Site” to Secretly Jail Dozens of Migrant Children; ICE Now Training Agents in Military Weaponry (video).
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 6th, 2018: Joe Clark, Monique Bégin and Ed Broadbent: There should be a fully independent public inquiry to prevent any repeat of the injustice done to Hassan Diab; Starving, bombing civilians in the name of ‘fighting terrorism’; Overdue US Admission that Civilians Were Killed in Syria Strike Is Still Insufficient; Britain’s role in our torture and detention must be investigated; Federal “Countering Violent Extremism” Grants Focus on Minority Communities; The Travel Ban: Part of a Broad National Security Exceptionalism in U.S. Law; Civil Society Coalition calls for independent, external review into reports of misuse of Canadian military exports by Saudi Arabia; Canadian student arrested by Israeli forces for protesting Israeli demolition of Palestinian village; NEB seeks contractor to monitor ‘vast amounts’ of online chatter for potential security threats; The US is less safe than ever for refugees, evidence filed in court challenge shows; Federal court blocks Trump administration’s arbitrary detention of asylum seekers; Concentration Camps in the U.S.: Andrea Pitzer Decries Tent Cities for Detaining Kids Without Trial; Demonising children at US and European borders; Face Recognition CEO Warns of Police Abuse; David Kaye, UN rapporteur on free speech: How to ‘fix’ social media without censorship.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 29th, 2018: Tim McSorley: The Government Must Stop The Deportation Of Mohamed Harkat; CCIJ: Canada should end immunity for perpetrators of torture; Britain Abetted U.S. Torture of Terrorism Suspects, Parliament Finds; Featuring Anne Dagenais Guertin: Ottawa’s push to share more border-crossing data with U.S. raising red flags over privacy; Nicaragua : nouvelles attaques des forces de l’ordre; Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg condemns Trump’s “unrelenting attack on the Muslim religion and its followers”; Top levels of Myanmar military responsible for crimes against Rohingya, report finds; Mehdi Hasan: “Muslim extremists? What about the Christian extremists who run the U.S. government while citing the Bible to justify kidnapping kids?”; Deif and Neve: Why Canada should take in Snowden-linked asylum seekers; Trudeau must end the safe third country agreement with the U.S.; Report: ICE altered its risk assessment software to put all immigrants in detention; Judge orders US to reunite families separated at border within 30 days; There’s no migration crisis – the crisis is political opportunism; Undercover cops wore masks at protests, Montreal public hearing told; New House Bill Would Empower Trump to Punish U.S. Companies that Boycott Israel; The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities; The US Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 22nd, 2018: Tim McSorley’s comments on CBC’s article: Some of CSIS’s practices still fall outside the law: spy watchdog; Tim McSorley’s comments on: Statement from CSIS Director on SIRC Annual Report; France told Canada key evidence did not exist in Hassan Diab terrorism case; Revealed: Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders; Matthew Behrens: Canada’s diplomat of the year fails the torture test; Les caméras du G7 vous filment encore; The Government Has Yet to Produce Evidence Showing the Travel Ban is About National Security; Gormley: Canada, stop locking up migrant kids; Immigration lawyers used a Sesame Street reference to argue that Abdoul Abdi should be deported to Somalia; The US is no longer a ‘safe’ country for refugees – and Canada is complicit; “Zero Tolerance” and the Detention of Children: Torture under International Law.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 15th, 2018: ICLMG: Government fails to protect rights as it rushes national security bill through second-reading; ICLMG’s comments on states’ recommendations for Canada’s Universal Periodic Review; Targeted Killing Comes to Canada: Understanding Why We Need a Public Inquiry; Exploring the wreck of the 2016-17 Office of the CSE Commissioner’s report: Use/retention of private communications up 25,653%; Public inquiry needed into professor’s extradition; Ihsaan Gardee: ‘Government Must Rebuild Trust with Canadian Muslims on National Security’; In China’s Far West, Companies Cash in on Surveillance Program That Targets Muslims; A G7 summit shrouded in fear and intimidation: Preliminary findings of the monitoring mission; Native American water protector becomes first to be sentenced to time in federal prison for DAPL protests; Israeli Troops Kill 4 Palestinians & Wound 600 More in Crackdown on Nonviolent Protest; Free expression in MENA: death by a thousand cuts; Vietnam’s new cyber law ‘will curb freedom of expression’; U.S.-Canada agreement on refugees is now unconstitutional.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 8th, 2018: Podcast featuring ICLMG: Surveillance, secret trials and Bill C-59’s attack on the Charter; Monia Mazigh & Azeezah Kanji: The torturers’ bargain: Crime and no punishment, but many rewards; Short Film “Discreet Airlift” Documents the Struggle to Hold U.S. Officials Accountable for Torture; G7: des observateurs sur place pour documenter les violations des droits de la personne; Turkey: One year since the imprisonment of Taner Kılıç, demands for his release will not be silenced; Justin Brake wins 2018 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression; U.S airstrikes violated international law in “war of annihilation” in Raqqa, Syria, says Amnesty International; Students Push to Oust Nicaraguan President Ortega as Death Toll Rises Amid Bloody Police Crackdown; “A Source of Positivity All the Time”: Remembering Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar, Killed by IDF; Saudi Arabia using anti-terror laws to detain and torture political dissidents, UN says; Environmental groups call on Northam to stop surveillance of anti-pipeline protesters; UK Anti-terrorism plans ‘will make thoughtcrime a reality’.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 1st, 2018: CUPE: Flawed Liberal anti-terror legislation adds new problems; Hassan Diab wants more than an independent review of his extradition; Featuring the ICLMG: Canada’s high extradition rate spurs calls for reform; Foreign minister too often left in dark about overseas torture cases, says auditor; Romania and Lithuania knowingly hosted secret CIA jails, European court rules; NCCM Rep. comments on racial profiling by CBSA; France: UN expert says new terrorism laws may undermine fundamental rights and freedoms; Details about a secret police surveillance program in Ontario are emerging; Does China’s digital police state have echoes in the West?; Federal government looks to AI in addressing issues with immigration system; UK suspends anti-terror rule used to deport migrants who made tax errors; ’We were using algorithms to catch and kill’: U.S. whistleblower Chelsea Manning warns Montreal conference of perils of technology, data collection; Shoot to kill: Nicaragua’s strategy to suppress protest; The fight to get Karen Spring into Honduran prison; Israel bill seeks to criminalize documentation of soldiers’ actions; France’s Creeping Terrorism Laws Restricting Free Speech.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 25, 2018: Tim McSorley: Liberals’ Broken Promise To Fix National Security Laws Risks Our Rights; Canadian freed after 11 years in an Ethiopian jail calls for inquiry into Ottawa’s response; Media can’t be an arm of the police, Vice lawyer tells Supreme Court hearing; There must be accountability for torture: CIA’s new Director & Canada’s complicity; House votes to mandate investigation of U.S. involvement in Yemen’s secret torture prisons; Palestinians Engaged in Nonviolent Protest. Israel Responded With a Massacre; Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gaza’s Wounded; 15 Indigenous Land Protectors and Allies Arrested on Parliament Hill: Reports and Updates from Muskrat Falls National Day of Action; Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance; Environmentalists taking federal watchdog to court over diplomats’ actions in Mexican murder case; Canadian/U.S. delegation is detained and interrogated for 4 hours, while travelling to Honduras to advocate for political prisoners illegally jailed by U.S. and Canadian-backed regime; Policing Indigenous Movements in Canada (video); Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology; Ronald Deibert: Digital Security for Whom or What?; Vicky Mochama: Indefinite immigration detention is inhumane; ICE just abandoned its dream of ‘extreme vetting’ software that could predict whether a foreign visitor would become a terrorist.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 11, 2018: Political Policing, State Surveillance and Bill C-59; State Of Civil Liberties In Canada and RightsCon Hits Toronto with Tim McSorley; Yves Engler: Trudeau promotes Five Eyes spying as CSE gets more money; Open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: We need a public, independent inquiry into the case of Dr. Hassan Diab; Canada’s extradition process is broken; One person arrested, others detained during Muskrat Falls dam rally on Parliament Hill; RCMP files say “violent aboriginal extremists” are undermining pipeline plans; Vicky Mochama: Police keeping close tabs on journalists and activists is cause for concern; It’s time to abolish the inhumane Canada-U.S. deal on asylum-seekers; Nicaragua: State repressing demonstrators; From rural Ontario to Central America: a Canadian activist’s plea for her spouse in prison in Honduras; Chile Under Fire For Jailing Mapuche Leaders as ‘Terrorists’; The American Psychological Association Speaks Out Against Gina Haspel; Canada has ‘fallen behind’ in powers to do battle over privacy with tech giants: UK official.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 4, 2018: What happened to Bill C-59 at Committee?; Canada helped France dig up evidence to extradite Ottawa man later freed on terror charges; Monia Mazigh: Hassan Diab is another Canadian let down by our government; Steven Zhou: You Don’t Have To Talk About Muslims When You Talk About Mass Killings; As Supreme Court Weighs Travel Ban, Trump’s Wider Anti-Muslim Agenda Proceeds Unchallenged; Tim McSorley on article “What does it take to lay terrorism charges? An internal government document explains the RCMP view”; What do incels, fascists and terrorists have in common? Violent misogyny; Gaza : quatre Palestiniens tués par des tirs israéliens lors de manifestations; Faith leaders arrested at Kinder Morgan gates; Journalist charged in criminal, civil courts wins press freedom prize; Police monitored Black Lives Matter Toronto protesters in 2016, documents show; Appeals court reinstates lawsuit by 3 men put on no-fly list.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 27, 2018: Liberal-dominated committee rejecting many proposed changes to security bill; Bissonnette a simulé les symptômes d’une psychose; Time to revise the definition of national security; Jessica Valenti: When Misogynists Become Terrorists; Syed Hassan & Azeezah Kanji: Don’t Call Him a Terrorist; Amnesty International Welcomes Canadian Citizen Bashir Makhtal’s Release from Ethiopian Prison and Return to Canada; Migrants: Québec tient un discours irresponsable et dangereux, selon des experts; To censor the internet, 10 countries use Canadian filtering technology, researchers say; RSF Index 2018: Hatred of journalism threatens democracies; Bill to restrict Trump’s war powers would actually “endorse a worldwide war on terror”; Secret Global Surveillance Networks: Intelligence Sharing Between Governments and the Need for Safeguards.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 20, 2018: Amira Elghawaby: Quebec mosque killer epitomizes Islamophobia in its deadliest form; Prime Minister Trudeau Must Take Action to Ensure Justice for Abousfian Abdelrazik; CSIS worked to thwart diplomatic efforts to secure Abdelrazik’s release, documents suggest; Jim Bronskill: Long-secret watchdog report warned of ‘undue pressure’ from CSIS on Canadian detainees abroad; Land and water defenders who blocked Kinder Morgan terminal now facing criminal contempt charges; Private Networks, Public Importance: Reviewing the CSE’s Private Network Cybersecurity Regime Under Bill C-59; Why the Quebec City mosque shooting was terrorism; The Quebec Mosque Shooting Shows A Double Standard For Far-Right Extremism; Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps; Assassination of Héctor Manuel Choc Cuz, nephew of Angelica Choc; The deportation of Lucy Francineth Granados: A symbol of Canada’s rising anti-immigrant sentiment; From refugee to murder victim: how Canada failed Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam; Former Gitmo Prisoner Moazzam Begg Explains How Torture & U.S.-Run Prisons Helped Give Birth to ISIS; Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others; MPs doubt Facebook’s promises to improve data protection.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 13, 2018: A new national security act for Canada; The ‘hidden’ piece of the Liberal crime bill: police may get to skip court; Quebec Mosque shooter told police he was motivated by Canada’s immigration policies; How Facebook Played “Instrumental” Role in Rise of Burma’s Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya; Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks; Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the worsening situation in Gaza; Seeing Gaza Through the Lens of Yaser Murtaja, a Palestinian Journalist Killed by Israel; Birmanie : la justice maintient les poursuites contre des journalistes de Reuters; Palestinian Ahed Tamimi ‘sexually harassed’ during interrogations in Israel, lawyer says; Amnesty International to BC government: Avoid criminalization of pipeline protesters; American-style deportation is happening in Canada; Detained, Then Violated; Leftwing ‘anarchist terror cell’ is fiction, French judges rule; Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show; Russia orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app; Canada flagged Facebook’s third-party app privacy problem way back in 2009; How to Tame Zuckerberg and Protect Democracy.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 5, 2018: Tim McSorley & Micheal Vonn: What Canadians Need to Know about ‘Fixing’ National Security; Déclaration de la société civile sur le projet de loi C-59, Loi concernant des questions de sécurité nationale; Christopher Parsons & Lex Gill: Hard questions for Canada’s most secret agency; Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Forces Open Fire on Palestinians, Killing 18, Wounding As Many As 1,700; Over 3,000 Google Employees Signed a Letter Demanding Google Leave the ‘Business of War’; Civilian Casualties and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen; Another Airstrike in Kunduz, and More Civilian Deaths; In deadly encounters with Toronto police, more than a third of victims are black; Macedonia Issues Apology for Involvement in Torture by CIA; Donald Trump’s new policies could make it harder for torture survivors to get asylum; Ex-Military, Intelligence, and Foreign Policy Officials: Travel Ban Harms National Security; Muslims accused of plotting violence get seven times more media attention and four times longer sentences; U.S.-backed Honduran government wants to use Facebook to crack down on journalists.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 29, 2018: NCCM ‘relieved’ as Quebec Mosque attacker changes plea to guilty; Gerald Caplan: Never again? With Rohingya crisis, we’re once again bystanders to horrific atrocities; How White Terrorists Are Described vs Black Victims; Who’s to blame for a generation of angry white men?; A 13-year-old boy and other Yemeni civilians were killed in U.S. drone strikes this month; Journalist Justin Brake facing charges over Muskrat Falls protest coverage; A Mexican family’s search for justice continues in Ottawa following Canadian-mining related murder; Piñera Cracks Down on Mapuche with Anti-terrorist Law Reform; Boston Judge Acquits 13 Pipeline Protesters in Groundbreaking Decision; Most aid charities’ bank accounts impacted by counter-terrorism regulations, report finds; Why An Encryption Backdoor for Just the “Good Guys” Won’t Work; No Longer Fit for Purpose: Why Canadian Privacy Law Needs an Update; Exclusive: Facebook Closes Security Flaws Found By The Tyee but weaknesses remain.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 23, 2018: Looking at anti-terrorism Bill C-59 through the lens of racism, by NUPGE; The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism Policies: Undermining human rights, instrumentalising civil society; Austin bomber: ‘Challenged young man’ or ‘terrorist’?; “It Was a Crime”: 15 Years After U.S. Invasion, Iraqis Still Face Trauma, Destruction & Violence; Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia includes ‘heavy assault’ vehicles; Hassan Diab’s Lost Decade (video); Journalist faces unprecedented criminal charges over coverage of Muskrat Falls protest; The Assassination of Human Rights Activist Marielle Franco Was a Huge Loss for Brazil – and the World; “Environmental extremism” or necessary response to climate emergency?; Ahed Tamimi gets eight months in prison after plea deal; FBI tracked an activist involved with Black Lives Matter as they travelled across the U.S., documents show; The UN Security Council, Global Watch Lists, Biometrics, and the Threat to the Rule of Law; Americans have a constitutional right to boycott Israel; The Cambridge Analytica files ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower; Some thoughts on Facebook’s accountability in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 16, 2018: “She Tortured Just for the Sake of Torture”:CIA Whistleblower on Trump’s New CIA Pick Gina Haspel; Bigoted election campaigns, not terror attacks, drive anti-Muslim activity; Package Bombs Are Killing People in Texas but Donald Trump Hasn’t Said a Thing. There’s a Reason for That.; ‘Attacks and killings’: human rights activists at growing risk, study claims; Distressing terrorist accusations against UN expert on indigenous peoples’ rights and indigenous leaders; Canadian tech used to hack Turkish, Syrian internet users, report claims; Criminal charges to proceed against reporter covering Muskrat Falls protests; Ottawa’s privacy watchdog wants limits on spies’ information collecting powers; No Fly List Kids: Making History (video); The Law That Canada Must Change: Wrongfully Imprisoned Sociology Professor Talks Extradition; Immigration lawyers express support for CBSA watchdog; The shameful attempt to deport a man who’s been in Canada since childhood; Politicians Campaign on Free Speech While Voting to Penalize Boycotts of Israel; Geek Squad’s Relationship with FBI Is Cozier Than We Thought.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 8, 2018: The Inherent Racism of National Security, a talk by Azeezah Kanji; Toronto police lied about using Stingray; Privacy Commissioner’s opinion on Bill C-59; Trump and armed drones; RCMP ‘sloppy’ and ‘negligent’ in investigating Colten Boushie’s death; Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie And Brutally Beat People – And Still Keep Their Jobs; Canada mining murder in Mexico; Extradition law needs reconsideration; The danger of using data to prevent crimes before they occur; Alleged 9/11 plotter’s torture takes center stage in Guantanamo hearings; Now we know why defense attorneys quit the USS Cole case. They found a microphone; Maybe misogyny is the mental health crisis that gives us mass shooters (video); Stolen childhood: Life after prison for Palestinian minors, and more.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 2, 2018: ICLMG’s Press release: Funding of redress system just a first step towards addressing the problems with Canada’s No Fly List; RSF concerned by proposed reforms to Canada’s National Security legislation; Federal officials discussed raising alert level to highest level during Idle No More, book says; Trudeau government spends millions on the mercenary firm formerly known as ‘Blackwater’; Dix ans d’enfer pour Hassan Diab. Il est temps de réformer la justice française; Immigration detainee Ebrahim Toure marks five years without freedom: ‘What’s going on with me is not right’; Cruel & Unconstitutional: ACLU Denounces SCOTUS Ruling Approving Indefinite Immigrant Detention; On eve of Ottawa terrorism trial, RCMP still working on disclosure; The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed; Microsoft’s Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications for Data; China using big data to detain people before crime is committed: report; NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq – and Other Revelations from 297 Snowden Documents.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 22, 2018: Bill C-59: Offensive Cyber Operations Endanger Us All; Ottawa is ‘blurring’ lines on privacy as it looks for new ways to collect data: watchdog; Shaun King: Another Mass Shooting. Another Case in Which Signs of White Violence Didn’t Raise Alarms.; ‘We are going to be the last school shooting’: Student survivors at Florida rally call for gun law changes; Men Are Responsible for Mass Shootings; Matthew Behrens: Crimes of compassion, Iraq’s long war and Canada’s bloody hands; Forced disappearances are on the rise as human rights violators cover their tracks; U.S.-trained police are hunting down and arresting protesters amid post-election crisis in Honduras; Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Suffers Blow From a Second Appeals Court; Amnesty’s annual report decries ‘hate-filled rhetoric’ of leaders, declining free speech.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 16, 2018: NEW VIDEO: Bill C-59: Dangerous new mass surveillance powers; Azeezah Kanji: The persistent gaslighting of Muslims about Islamophobia; White Supremacists Claim Nikolas Cruz Trained With Them; Students Say He Wore Trump Hat in School; Canada’s Deadly Diplomacy and the Plight of Political Prisoners in Honduras; Canada’s institutions repeatedly failed former child refugee Abdoul Abdi; How ICE works to strip citizenship from naturalized Americans; Panel: Darker Side of Digital: Human Rights Implications of Technology in Canada & Abroad; Supreme Court fight could stir up fears of US spying overseas; Governments want encryption backdoors: new report examines the legal and policy implications; U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 8, 2018: ICLMG, OpenMedia, CMLA & La Ligue’s testimonies on Bill C-59 at the SECU committee; OpenMedia video: The dangerous new spy powers in Bill C-59; Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s ‘extraordinarily permissive’ new spying laws; NCCM welcomes the Heritage committee’s recommendations on Islamophobia and systemic discrimination; 2018 Survey: Islamophobia in Canada, Still a Grave Problem; Mexican Delegation Questions Role of Canadian Embassy in Complaint to Integrity Commissioner; Canada selling helicopters to Philippines despite human rights concerns; Political use of the word ‘terrorism’: ‘Indigenous Terrorism’ – The Post-Cold War New World Order; Intercepted Podcast; Memo and Memoer – The Bipartisan Love Affair with Mass Surveillance; ‘The Nunes Memo’ Is Worthless Without the Warrant; Lie after lie: What Colin Powell knew about Iraq 15 years ago and what he told the U.N.; Bush-era officials warn keeping Guantanamo prison open may be $6bn error.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 1st, 2018: Our Brief on Bill C-59, the National Security Act of 2017; Govt’s Defence of Proposed CSE Act Falls Short; A national day of remembrance: 5 Lessons from the Québec massacre; Why the Trudeau Govt Won’t Designate a National Day against Islamophobia; Video Interview with Hassan Diab; Government memo on no fly list mistakes is of no help in fixing the problem; Trump Orders Guantanamo stays open and receives new prisoners; How Daesh was created by the U.S. invasion of Iraq; Charge dropped, absolute discharge for jailed Muskrat Falls opponents; In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott; US to resume refugee admissions from 11 countries but will increase screenings; U.K. court finds government’s surveillance powers unlawful.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 25, 2018: ICLMG joins call for a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia; Matthew Behrens: Trudeau government still targets Muslims as threats; Judge loosens some of Mohamed Harkat’s release conditions; Nine Things You Need to Know about Bill C-59; U.S. Border Guards Are About To Receive Alarmingly Broad Powers On Canadian Soil; Rise of the SWAT team: Routine police work in Canada is now militarized; Charges dropped against 129 Trump inauguration protesters – but dozens still face prison; Donald Trump’s travel ban heads back to the Supreme Court; NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 19, 2018: Hassan Diab’s press conference; Press release: Civil Liberties Coalition Welcomes the Release of Canadian Hassan Diab; A Decade Gone: A Statement from the Hassan Diab Support Community; Critics fear the government’s national security bill puts Canadians in the crosshairs; Editorial: New powers for Canadian spy agency alarming; After 16 Years Without Trial, Guantánamo Inmates and Rights Groups Demand End to ‘Unconscionable’ Imprisonment; We must overcome Islamophobia in 2018; Featuring ICLMG: Canada’s spy agency continues to show up unannounced at people’s workplaces and homes; Your opinion on Omar Khadr may be rooted in Islamophobia; Will Canada finally deal with its Afghan war skeletons?; Canada failed Abdoul Abdi but it’s not too late to do the right thing; House Extends Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Safeguards; Border Guards Looked Through Nearly 60 Percent More Electronic Devices in 2017 than in 2016; A Trump decree is killing innocent civilians in Somalia; Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments; The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror; Civil society and the clampdown on freedoms; Israel’s New Blacklist of BDS-Supporting Groups Sparks Outrage; We won! BC Supreme Court ends indefinite solitary confinement in federal prisons across Canada; Create new watchdog to receive public complaints about border agency, RCMP, federal report recommends.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 21, 2017: Canada’s electronic spies will be able to launch cyber attacks with little oversight, report warns; If you’re not against torture, Mr. Trudeau, you’re for it.; Featuring ICLMG: ‘This is an extremely regressive step’: dozens protest Bill C-23 in Vancouver; Matthew Behrens: Islamophobia Rising: Gap Widens Between Trudeau’s Rhetoric and Muslim Fears; L’ONU dénonce des «opérations planifiées» de la Birmanie contre les Rohingya; An Unusually Deadly Year for Women Journalists Around the World, Report Finds; Sweden:’Torture, rape and slavery in Libya must stop’; J20 protest trial latest: Anti-Trump activists found not guilty and avoid lengthy prison sentences; Canada’s spy agencies struggle to balance reconciliation with spying on Indigenous Peoples; Ethiopian Dissidents Targeted with New Commercial Spyware; Law Enforcement Use of Social Media Data Analytics: Transparency Challenges; Canada’s solitary-confinement laws are unconstitutional, Ontario judge rules.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 15, 2017: New video: Bill C-59: Does the new National Security Act Fix Bill C-51? NOPE; Intelligence reform needed to rebuild confidence, Muslim group tells MPs; 15 years of Injustice for Moe Harkat; Canada’s electronic spy agency and military get new orders to allow the sharing information gained by torture; Inmate torture continuing at Guantanamo Bay, UN expert says; Featuring ICLMG: Canada granting US border agents ‘expanded’ powers; French Prosecutor Concedes Credible Evidence Points to Diab’s Innocence, but Asks for Trial; Plus de 6 700 Rohingya tués en Birmanie, selon MSF; Hundreds of travelers had their Global Entry airport privileges revoked – lawyers say it’s another Muslim Ban; Federal Court grants organizations standing in legal challenge of Safe Third Country Agreement; Libya: European governments complicit in horrific abuse of refugees and migrants – report; Up to 100,000 Canadians could be affected by no-fly list, research suggests; Calgary man claims harassment by Canada’s intelligence agency has left him destitute; CSIS settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit with employees who claimed workplace Islamophobia, racism and homophobia; Quebec needs law to protect media from police spying, inquiry finds.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 7, 2017: Security bill needs safeguards to prevent ‘a profile on all of us’: privacy watchdog; ICLMG Press Release Will Parliament throw Muslim and racialized groups under the bus in the rush for preclearance?; BCCLA reacts to passage of Preclearance bill; Ottawa author detained by U.S. border guards says system ‘broken’; Early win for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association in pipeline protest spying case heading to Federal Court; Why does Canada spy on its own indigenous communities?; All Muslims are often blamed for single acts of terror. Psychology explains how to stop it; US courts have been treating Muslims differently for a very long time; Trump travel ban: supreme court allows enforcement as appeals proceed; African refugees bought, sold and murdered in Libya; New Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 30, 2017: ICLMG in the media; Committee study of National Security Act began today; CCLA’s Brenda McPhail & Lex Gill: More debate needed on national security reform bill; Canada’s spy agencies casting wider net on citizens’ electronic data, parliamentary report says about Bill C-59; Matthew Behrens: Kafka’s Canada at 15: The secret trials of Mohamed Harkat; Why Hassan Diab’s ongoing incarceration in France is Canada’s ‘Dreyfus Affair’; Former MP to ask International Criminal Court to investigate Canada’s Afghan war conduct; Amira Elghawaby: Governments can and must do more to tackle hate; Trump Retweeted Anti-Muslim Videos Posted By Far-Right Group Britain First; Why is Liberal senator’s name on no-fly list?; CSIS’s ask for telecom subscriber info of possible future targets denied; Interview: Canadian lawyer Joshua Blum on Chelsea Manning.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 23, 2017: Tim McSorley on Bill C-59: Better than C-51, but that isn’t saying much; ICLMG Issue Page on Bill C-59, the new National Security Act; ‘My life was ripped apart’: Two Calgary Muslim men say CSIS wrongfully targeted them; The Uncounted: New York Times Finds US Airstrikes Kill Far More Iraqi Civilians Than Pentagon Admits; Trudeau Government Must Act after Striking Workers Murdered at Canadian-Owned Mine in Mexico; Letter: Criminalization of freedom of expression and international solidarity in Peru; At First J20 Trial, Prosecution Falls Flat; Muskrat Falls, Criminalization of Land and Water Protectors, and Colonialism; ‘Treated like a terrorist:’ Edmontonians urge federal government to fix no-fly system; Canada’s Extradition Law Condemns Hassan Diab to a Kafkaesque Ordeal; Mohamed Harkat seeks relaxation of strict monitoring; Canada prepares for a new wave of refugees as Haitians flee Trump’s America; Amnesty International report: Rohingya trapped in dehumanising apartheid regime in Myanmar.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 17, 2017: What’s in Bill C-59? New oversight and review mechanisms – new video; Canadian police spied on Indigenous protesters on Parliament Hill; CA Gov. Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Activists Protesting Fracking He’ll Put Them “In the Ground”; Psychiatrist says person named in security certificate, Mohamed Harkat, poses low risk of violence; Canadian Hassan Diab remains in prison after French court blocks release for 8th time; Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Regarding Dr. Hassan Diab – you can still sign it!; German newspaper publishes names of 33,000 refugees who died trying to reach Europe; Migrants are dying in detention centres: When will Canada act?; Canadians Are Worried About NSA Spying But Don’t Understand How It Happens; Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core; Trump’s speech causes more anti-Muslim hate crimes than terrorism, study shows; Embracing holy envy: ‘Allahu Akbar’.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 9, 2017: The View Up Here webcast interviews ICLMG’s Tim McSorley on Bill C-59, the new national security act; Pillay: It was Canada’s sloppy counter-terrorism that led to $31M payout; British-Canadian couple fear son being tortured in Syria, plead for Canada’s help securing release; Ex-Guantanamo detainee to sue Canada for $50M for alleged complicity in torture; NCCM: Government must take “concrete steps” to address human rights concerns inside CSIS; Attentat de la rue Copernic : la remise en liberté du principal suspect à nouveau demandée; No-Fly List Kids call for action on a No-Fly List redress system on Parliament Hill; ‘No answers’ a year after Soleiman Faqiri prison death; Reminder: Fundamental flaws will hinder work of National Security Committee; 50-year-old woman dies in immigration detention; Unlawful death of refugees and migrants; Shaun King: In Life and in Death, White Privilege Protected Texas Shooter Devin Kelley; Quebec’s face-covering law heads for constitutional challenge; Europe’s quiet offensive against people helping refugees; The undercover policing of political protest.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 2nd, 2017: Trudeau torture controls approach Orwellian stature; Secret Spy Hearings; Counter-terrorism measures are exacerbating racism and xenophobia, UN rights expert warns; For Trump, October’s two mass killings lead to very different responses; Twisting the narrative on mass violence; Canadian prisoner in China has sentence reduced after ‘re-education’; Emmanuel Macron’s Anti-Terror Law Is a Throwback to the Bad Days of Colonialism; Tillerson, Mattis: We don’t need new war authorization to fight terror; New York Suspect Must Not Be Sent to Guantánamo; Guantánamo tribunals face chaos as top defence lawyer punished for contempt; The Battle of Treaty Camp: Law enforcement descended on Standing Rock a year ago and changed the DAPL fight forever; Venezuela: Repression taken into people’s living rooms as home raids surge; Activists Acquitted in Effort to Prevent British Fighter Jet Delivery to Saudi Arabia; How the U.K. prosecuted a student on terrorism charges for downloading a book.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 26, 2017: ICLMG’s video explainer: Breaking Down Bill C-59: The new National Security Act; Letter of support for Chelsey Manning to be allowed to enter Canada; ‘No threat’: Civil liberties groups support Chelsea Manning’s bid to cross Canadian border; Canada’s terror double standards; ‘Why aren’t we all with Somalia?’; Ottawa pays $31.3M to Canadian men tortured in Syria; Secret evidence should not be allowed in civil cases; Judge slams Ottawa for delays over $35-million CSIS lawsuit alleging workplace Islamophobia, racism and homophobia; Quebec fights back against Islamic extremism by oppressing women and religious minorities; 8-year-old boy flagged as security threat takes the fight to clear his name to Ottawa; More Than 150 Land Defenders Murdered So Far This Year; Owen Jones: If my sister can be drawn into the anti-terror net, imagine the risk to others; Turkey: Court releases human rights defenders including Amnesty International’s Turkey Director; UK terrorism law expert warns government over plans for new legislation; My Guantánamo Diary, Uncensored.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 18, 2017: ‘You wonder what the government is trying to hide’; Terrorism charges are only reserved for Muslims; Ottawa academic Hassan Diab still in legal limbo in Paris prison; In Myanmar, “Anti-Terrorism” Is Cover for Ethnic Cleansing; Chile’s still using Pinochet’s anti-terrorist law against the Mapuche; COINTELPRO 2? FBI Targets “Black Identity Extremists” Despite Surge in White Supremacist Violence; Acute Human Rights Crisis in Mexico Must Become a Priority for Canada, Visiting Mexican Rights Advocates Say; I am in Guantánamo Bay. The US government is starving me to death; Trump wants to ease rules so Canada can buy armed Predator drones worth $1 billion; Hawaii judge blocks latest Trump travel ban with hours to spare; Treatment of kids under Aussie anti-terrorism laws an over-reach: ABA.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 12, 2017: ICLMG’s submission for Canada’s UPR; The Canadian Museum of Human Rights: The missing stories; RCMP officers screened Quebec border crossers on religion and values, questionnaire shows; Why terrorism charges won’t be filed in deadly Quebec mosque attack; The airport bomber from last week you never heard about; UN experts urge Chile not to use anti-terrorism law against Mapuche indigenous peoples; FBI terrorism unit says ‘black identity extremists’ pose a violent threat; An insider’s view of Guantánamo: conspiracy to torture; Supreme Court Rejects Guantanamo Inmate, Won’t Curb Military Commission; Inside the CIA’s black site torture room; Security concerns rise as police find surveillance device intercepted private text messages; Watchdog report gives CSIS a pass, but flags concerns; Bid to quash review of Hill attack raid disappointing, says lawyer; CSIS and RCMP accused of entrapping terrorism suspects; Feds Want a More Restrictive Transparency Regime.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 5, 2017: NCCM: Decision not to charge Quebec mosque shooter with terrorism “deeply concerning”; The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter; Las Vegas, Edmonton reveal futility of obsessing about what constitutes ‘terrorism’; White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners; Rescuers Say 28 Civilians Die in Airstrikes on Idlib Province; European govts return nearly 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture; Turns out Goodale’s tolerance for torture is almost as high as Harper’s; Trudeau government taken to court over alleged spying during Harper years; Watchdog dismisses environmental spying complaint, prompting appeal; Christopher Parsons: The new surveillance state; Ottawa passes legislation to protect journalists’ anonymous sources from police, thanks to pressure from civil society, French MPs back controversial anti-terror bill; Trump administration lobbying hard for return of sweeping surveillance law; The Long Reach of Guantánamo Bay Military Commissions.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 28, 2017: New Ministerial Direction falls short on fulfilling goal of preventing the sharing, requesting or use of information tied to torture; New National Security Act Falls Short, Even By Liberals’ Own Standards; Joint letter to the Canadian government on its proposals to reform the ATIA; Diab’s supporters send parliamentary petition and open letter to PM Trudeau; Sixteen Years into the “War on Terror” and Institutionalized Islamophobia Lives on; Chelsea Manning says she’s been denied entry into Canada; Activist found guilty of terror-related crime for refusing to disclose passwords to UK police; Dozens of civilians killed when U.S. bombed a school and a market in Syria; France – Les assignations à résidence hors état d’urgence votées à l’Assemblée; Adam Serwer: The greatest threats to free speech in America come from the state, not from activists on college campuses.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 21, 2017: National Security Bill C-59 Fails to Reverse C-51 and Introduces Serious New Problems; Torture and interrogation the CSIS and RCMP way; Is bigotry blinding CSIS and the RCMP – to disastrous effect?; OPC review on the CBSA’s Scenario Based Targeting Program; Google stops challenging most US warrants for data on overseas servers; OPC ‘very concerned’ about U.S. border phone searches; Privacy Commissioner’s report calls on the RCMP to increase transparency around the use of cellphone surveillance tools; Privacy International calls for greater transparency around secretive intelligence sharing between governments; Put him on trial or send him home: Michael Enright on the appalling treatment of Hassan Diab; Is your child on the Canadian False Positive List?; Cameroon using ‘anti-terror’ law to silence media: CPJ; Advocates Warn All Rohingya May Be Driven Out of Burma If Military’s Ethnic Cleansing Continues; U.S. embassy memos offer glimpse into the “devastated” lives of refugees rejected by the Travel Ban; Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 14, 2017: The US Senate just rubber-stamped the 15-year war on terror, again; CSEC’s rigged election scare an excuse to invade our privacy; The RCMP Has Been Using Surveillance Gear Under an ‘Interim’ Policy for 6 Years; Secret Government of Canada data stored on U.S. servers? Memo raises possibility; Canadian held in US prison for role in anti-Trump protest; Comprendre la crise des Rohingya en Birmanie; The twisted politics of terrorism in Myanmar; France : les risques de l’état d’urgence permanent; Bahrain: A year of brutal government repression to crush dissent; Togo latest country to lose web access as regimes increasingly shut down Internet to control protests; Judge: Challenge to government watch list can go forward; ACLU and EFF Sue Trump Administration Over Cell Phone Searches at the Border; Etats-Unis : la Cour suprême maintient l’interdiction d’entrée des réfugiés; Keeping Guantánamo Bay open damages our national security; How the NSA built a secret surveillance network for Ethiopia.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 7, 2017: We did it! Now what?; CBSA sharing info on American border crossings with US, featuring ICLMG, Statement on Latest Violence against the Rohingya Population in Burma; Le racisme systémique… parlons-en!; Greenpeace & Indigenous Water Protectors Respond to Lawsuit Accusing DAPL Activists of Eco-Terrorism; Lawsuit: Police Targeted Black Lives Matter Alongside Violent, Terrorist ‘Gangs’; Trump Orders Military To Give Cops Free Grenade Launchers, Bayonets, And Tanks; Terrorism isn’t as big as you think; UN calls out Ottawa over lengthy immigration detention stays; Omar Khadr and values in a time of ‘war’; Normalizing torture.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 31, 2017: Canadians Muslims to celebrate Eid as hate incidents continue to rise, says NCCM; Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s office accuses aid workers of helping ‘terrorists’ in Myanmar; Entire families are being killed by U.S. airstrikes in Raqqa, Syria; Why should Canada support Palestinian refugees?; A Public Appeal for Solidarity with Omar Ben Ali; Israel only country in the world to systematically prosecute children under military law; $134-million claim against Khadr should be thrown out; Jaggi Singh dit avoir été victime d’un «spectacle légal»; Why rabbis like me oppose Israel’s ban on BDS activists, ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody; Market Forces: A report on the development of the EU security-industrial complex.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 24, 2017: L’extrême droite d’hier à aujourd’hui; As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq; Reflection on the fight against racism in Canada; Borders: The Global Caste System; Trump may not finish his term but the assassination complex will live on; Trapped in Raqqa: Amnesty Says Civilians Caught in “Deadly Labyrinth” As U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes; The Taliban tried to surrender and the U.S. rebuffed them. Now here we are; Galway human rights academic identifies clear violation of basic human rights at Guantánamo Bay; Terror laws should be scrapped, says UK Government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation; The U.S. spy hub in the heart of Australia; I was detained for protesting against Donald Trump. Here’s what the US Secret Service asked me.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 17, 2017: ICLMG Editorial: A response to the Globe on Bill C-23; TONIGHT: Time for an honest discussion of torture and Guantanamo; Here’s why allegations of CSIS’ homophobia and racism should concern all Canadians; ‘Why is this man in prison?’, judge asks govt lawyer in immigration detention case; Former PM Paul Martin regrets govt’s handling of Omar Khadr case; Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror; Why The Government Can’t Bring Terrorism Charges In Charlottesville; Building America’s Trust Act would amp up privacy concerns at the border; Updating ‘briefcase law’: defence lawyers try to end warrantless smartphone searches at border; This Groups Has Successfully Converted White Supremacists Using Compassion. Trump Defunded It; US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website; On ne plaisante pas au Cameroun : trois lycéens en prison pour une blague par SMS font appel; Did Americans Know About Torture at Africa’s ‘Guantanamo’?; Settlement reached in ACLU lawsuit against CIA interrogation; Fearful villagers see the US using Afghanistan as a “playground for their weapons”.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 10, 2017: The Canadian government needs to clean up its act; Canadians avoiding debate on role in war on terror; Jim Learning accused of breaking house arrest; Montreal professor renews legal effort to block Canadian combat vehicle exports to Saudi Arabia; TransLink Increasingly Sharing Riders’ Personal Information With Police; Head of Bombed Minnesota Mosque Denounces Trump for Stoking Hate & Violence Against Somali Community; Trump signals cuts to unpopular “Countering Extremism” programs but worse could be coming; Surveillance and the Global Turn to Authoritarianism; These are the technology firms lining up to build Trump’s “extreme vetting” program; Pourquoi la mission du navire antimigrants en Méditerranée est illégale.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, August 3, 2017: NAFTA negotiations put Canadians’ personal data on the table – featuring the ICLMG; Repatriate Hassan Diab and reform our unbalanced extradition law; Here’s the one question your angry MP can’t answer about Omar Khadr; Goodale must investigate racism allegations against CSIS; Muskrat Falls activists released amid protests; Feds Crack Trump Protesters’ Phones to Charge Them With Felony Rioting; After Saudi video, Canada has a choice to make on human rights; Travel delays for B.C. family who says daughter’s name on no-fly list; What the death of a mentally ill inmate tells us about Canadian justice; French Anti-Terror Bill Threatens To Extend State of Emergency Abuses; Slain activist’s lawyers latest known targets of spyware sold to Mexican government; Trump Considers Prolonging Afghan War to Secure $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 27, 2017: Government must take action on shocking, disturbing allegations of discrimination and racism within ranks of CSIS, says ICLMG; Omar Khadr forced to surf wave of Canadian racism; ‘I’m on Team Human’: U.S. medic who saved Omar Khadr’s life says he did right thing; Condemnations of Khadr reek of double standards; U.S.-bound travellers to face ‘enhanced security measures’ at all Canadian airports; The agreement envisaged between the EU & Canada on the transfer of Passenger data may not be concluded in its current form, the court says; Immigration detainees can be jailed indefinitely, federal judge rules; Trump Travel Ban Must Exempt Grandparents After Supreme Court Rebuff; Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged; U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel; Alex Neve: Stop the silence. We need to tackle Turkey’s human rights crisis.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 13, 2017: Omar Khadr apology and compensation long overdue, but systemic changes are also needed to protect human rights, says ICLMG & Rideau Institute; What if Omar Khadr isn’t guilty?; Roméo Dallaire & Alex Neve: Canada failed Omar Khadr. We owed him compensation and an apology; Ottawa must seek justice for Hassan Diab; Absurd ‘terrorism’ investigation launched into Amnesty’s Turkey Director and nine others; Why am I facing 75 years in prison for protesting Trump?; Berta Cáceres’s Daughter Speaks Out After Surviving Assassination Attempt in Honduras; Emboldened by Trump, US border officials are lying to asylum seekers and turning them away; Devastation in Mosul: Iraq Seizes City from ISIS, But Battle Left Thousands Dead & 700,000 Displaced; The Snooper’s Charter is being taken to court to stop mass surveillance powers.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, July 6, 2017: Redress for Omar Khadr is welcome and long overdue; Coalition Objects to Renewed Calls for Weaker Encryption Following ‘Five Eyes’ Ottawa Meeting; Legal challenge of Safe Third Country Agreement launched; Liberals’ Neglect Of Hassan Diab A Scar On Canada’s History; Une famille mexicaine dénonce la mort d’un militant qui luttait contre une minière canadienne; Canada at War: How Two Decades of Conflict Have Changed a Country; Law Enforcement is Still Used as a Colonial Tool in Indian Country; Terror attacks receive five times more media coverage if perpetrator is Muslim, study finds; Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently: Syrian Citizen Journalists Document a City Under Siege; With a single wiretap order, US authorities listened in on 3.3 million phone calls.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 29, 2017: Three Ways Trudeau’s Liberals Have Let Down Open Government Advocates; Nine arrested after RCMP blocks teepee raising on Parliament Hill; Calling Islamophobic violence ‘terrorism’ won’t make Muslims safe: Kanji; Muslim leaders urge government to help protect mosques, schools; Safe Third Country Agreement must be suspended; Supreme Court Allows Part of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect Before Ruling on Constitutionality; Trudeau must speak out on Hassan Diab; Homeland Security Will Begin “Heightened Screening” of Phones on All US-Bound Flights; Postponed transparency bill does little to promote access while government increases secrecy.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 22, 2017: Press release: Bill C-59: Canadian government misses opportunity for bold action on civil liberties; Press release: Fundamental flaws will hinder work of National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians; France accused of violating human rights by group lobbying for academic Hassan Diab’s release; Monia Mazigh: There’s No Justifying Canada’s Flawed Counter-Radicalization Plan; Heated exchange over legal rights as lawyers battle to have refugee claimant let out of jail; Police lied to obtain warrants, Quebec journalists testify at inquiry; Why the Government’s ATI Reform Bill is a Promise Broken: Proactive Disclosure ≠ Access to Information; The Pentagon says one civilian died in drone strike on Syrian mosque. Witnesses say it killed dozens.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 15, 2017: Preclearance agreement trumps protection of travelers from Canada to U.S.; Our National Coordinator on Bill C-22 and holding Canadian intelligence agencies accountable; Canada’s anti-terrorism overhaul is coming Tuesday; Beatrice Hunter released from jail, allowed to protest outside Muskrat Falls gate; Ethics commissioner acknowledges Sajjan downplayed his role and knowledge of Afghan detainee issue; Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada increase 253% over 4 years; Canadian man found not guilty on Algerian terror charges he says were based on intelligence from Canada; CSIS kept ‘all’ metadata on third parties for a decade, top secret memo says; Trump Loses Travel Ban Ruling in Appeals Court; Rep. Barbara Lee: In Expanding Global Wars, Trump Is Creating More Havoc and Chaos & Has No Strategy; Yves Engler: Canada’s Increased Military Budget Will Fuel the US War Machine.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 8, 2017: Trudeau government broke privacy rules with expanded spy program; Woman arrested in Muskrat Falls protest moved to men’s prison more than 1000 km from home; Anti-Trump protester: ‘Is this my last free birthday?’; Trump supporters are calling for Muslim internment camps; Applying for a US Visa? Better Watch What You Post; May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation; Lawyer for Tortured Detainees: U.S. Created ISIS Through Misguided Detention, Interrogation Policies; US-led coalition admits killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes against Isis in Syria and Iraq; Canada does Trump’s bidding with massive new defence spending.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, June 1st, 2017: Our reaction & highlights from the govt’s report on the national security consultation; Civil liberties groups call for urgent changes to preclearance rules; Asylum agreement with U.S. to blame for woman’s death near border; Bound. Tortured. Killed; Canada just increased data sharing with international spy partners; Inuit grandmother jailed after refusing to stay away from Muskrat Falls; UK’s ‘Big Brother’ anti-terror strategy is flawed, U.N. expert says; Canadian executives demanding action on no-fly list glitches; White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years; US admits Mosul airstrikes killed over 100 civilians during battle with Daesh; Jeremy Corbyn links foreign policy to growing terror threat.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 25, 2017: Canadians prefer privacy over more police powers, govt finds; MiningWatch Canada Launches Legal Action Against Arbitrary Detention in Peru; How a Canadian professor’s life became a horror show: Fahmy; Migrant Rescue off Libya: ‘Mostly Toddlers’ Among 31 Drowned; The impact of international counter-terrorism on civil society organisations; Let’s delete Islamic/Islamist labels for terrorists; Past month ‘deadliest on record’ for Syrian civilians killed in US-led air strikes; Morts, blessés et arrestations lors d’une manifestation à Bahreïn; L’Egypte bloque le site d’Al-Jazeera et d’autres médias qui ne lui sont pas favorables.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 18, 2017: RCMP labels anti-torture caravan a ‘Criminal Act by Terrorists’; Canada’s spies collude with the energy sector; Preclearance bill C-23 will spell border-crossing problems; VIDEO: Security ejects partner of Canadian imprisoned abroad from Prime Minister’s offices; Immigration detention is unconstitutional, lawyers argue in Federal Court; Amnesty: Attacks on human rights activists reach crisis point globally; Detained and accused in Peru, Canadian activist suspects foul play; Chelsea Manning Is a Free Woman: Her Heroism Has Expanded Beyond Her Initial Whistleblowing; Independent monitoring in store for Canada Border Services Agency.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 11, 2017: RCMP and CSIS snoop on green activists; RCMP created, then abandoned metadata-crunching tool to extract criminal intelligence; Open Letter to Trudeau on Press Freedom; Des radicaux aussi chez les catholiques; White Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss; Bill C-23, Preclearance Act 2016; Key parts of citizenship revocation process struck down; Chelsea Manning to be released from prison this week.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, May 4, 2017: Harjit Sajjan accused of downplaying role in Afghan war in attempt to thwart investigation; French prosecution of Canadian Hassan Diab a travesty; Jailed 7 years by Canada, Kashif Ali now walks free; CJFE’s Review of Free Expression in Canada; Anti-terror rules are blocking aid to conflict zones; Lift political gag order on charities, says panel report; Senate passes bill that repeals many Conservative citizenship changes; NSA backs down on major surveillance program that captured Americans’ communications without a warrant.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 27, 2017: Press conference: Groups call on the Prime Minister to press for the release and return of Hassan Diab; MiningWatch Canada Staff Member, US Journalist Arbitrarily Detained in Peru over Documentary About Hudbay Minerals’ Operations; Depuis janvier, plus d’un millier de migrants sont morts en Méditerranée; Border towns quietly mobilizing to help asylum-seekers coming to Canada; Cameroon: Reporter Ahmed Abba to Appeal 10-Year Terrorism Sentence; Press freedom on the decline: Canada drops from the top 20; Commissioner for Human Rights: The Shrinking Space for Human Rights Organisations; Matthew Legge: From National to Shared Security; Controversial CSIS-run data crunching centre worries privacy czar, documents show; Border officials float big ideas for mining social media; U.S. Bombed a Mosque in Syria, Killing Dozens of Civilians, Investigators Conclude; In secret court hearing, lawyer objected to FBI sifting through NSA data like it was Google.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 20, 2017: Ottawa has even more reason to fix security law; Attack on Digital Privacy Rights of Canadians; CSIS officials, counsel learning to share information with courts; Trudeau government undercuts transparency, while reinforcing secrecy; La Commission d’accès à l’information « préoccupée » par ce qu’elle entend à la commission Chamberland; Groups Decry Trump Plan to Demand Social Media Passwords at US Border, Omar Khadr’s criminal record in Canada shows ‘absolute ignorance’: lawyer, Islamophobia persistent in the media, journalist, Land protectors see renewed support in wake of new charges; Court defends political dissent after N.L. man sent to psychiatric hospital for criticizing police shooting, “Mother of All Bombs” Never Used Before Due to Civilian Casualty Concerns.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 13, 2017: Canada’s immigration detainees being locked up based on dodgy risk assessments, Star finds; Monia Mazigh: Omar Khadr’s Case A Black Stamp On Canada’s Human Rights Record; Cellphone surveillance technology being used by local police across Canada; Protection des sources: le projet de loi adopté au Sénat; Communications companies receive thousands of requests from Quebec police; Securing our Digital Economy; OpenMedia: Do you know where your data is?; New US bill aims to ban warrantless phone searches at the border; Ottawa tight-lipped on delay to improving no-fly list; Police oversight isn’t broken, it was built this way: Cole.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, April 6, 2017: Press release: Senate must act to strengthen national security oversight; Matthew Behrens: Apologies for torture seem to be the hardest words; Ottawa academic’s release ordered from Paris jail for fifth time – prosecutors quickly block move; Devices that track, spy on cellphones found at Montreal’s Trudeau airport; ‘Sources have stopped talking to us’: Witnesses testify at Day 1 of police-spying commission; Michael Geist: Why warrantless access to Internet information is back on the lawmaking agenda; Michelle Shephard: Family speaks for first time about Canadian imprisoned in Algeria on terror charges; Americans’ right to protest is in grave danger, UN warns; Canada: Civil Society Calls for Access to Information Law Reform; Ontario government commits to releasing past and future SIU reports.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 30, 2017: Editorial: Tim McSorley: Bill C-22: Liberals Undermining Goal Of Strong National Security Oversight; Glenn Greenwald: Trump’s War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised; Amnesty: Hundreds of Iraqi Civilians Killed in U.S. Airstrikes After Being Told Not to Flee Mosul; Environ 250 migrants meurent en Méditerranée dans deux naufrages; Canada should put limits on detention for migrants: Toronto Star Editorial; The Justice For Abdirahman Coalition Expresses Disappointment And Outrage Concerning Police Solidarity For Officer Charged With Manslaughter; Le Mexique regarde tomber ses journalistes; Francis Dupuis-Déri: Les négationnistes de l’islamophobie; Parents of ‘no-fly list kids’ upset at no funding for redress system; The government is looking to restart a warrantless access program that had been declared unconstitutional; What do many lone attackers have in common? Domestic violence.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 23, 2017: Amendments to Bill C-22 weakens oversight committee before it even begins, says ICLMG; Ottawa torture victim declares victory in long fight for justice; Alex Neve, Béatrice Vaugrante: 6 steps Canada must take after embarrassingly long redress for tortured citizens; Omar Khadr deserves government apology and compensation: Editorial; House of Commons passes anti-Islamophobia motion M-103; NCCM announces settlement of defamation lawsuit against former spokesman for Stephen Harper; À deux doigts de la mort; Senators’ opinion: Immigration detention reforms fall short without effective oversight; Vice reporter ordered to hand over correspondence says he’ll ‘take this as far as it needs to go’; Border Agents Need A Warrant to Search Travelers’ Phones, EFF Tells Court; Land protectors face criminal charges for defending water, food, culture; Prosecutors drop Montreal Mafia cases after questions about RCMP surveillance tactics; CSE watchdog urges greater information-sharing powers for review bodies; Dozens of civilians killed in US-led airstrike on Isis stronghold in Syria.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 16, 2017: ICLMG urges the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs to act now for the return of Hassan Diab to Canada; A forgotten Canadian has spent 10 years in Egyptian prison. Advocates are telling Trudeau to get him back; Bill C-22: National Security Secrecy Increased: Sabotaging Public Access Promises; Steven Zhou: Fight Islamophobia by repealing draconian national security laws; Matthew Behrens: CSIS’s alternative facts universe; Refugee claimants need safe access at U.S.-Canada border: Cole; In Stinging Blow to President, Hawaii & Maryland Judges Block Trump’s Second Muslim Ban; Phone Searches Now Default Mode At The Border; More Searches Last Month Than In All Of 2015; My Baby is On the No-Fly List and We Can’t Remove Him From It; Why is DHS Labeling Protesters “Domestic Terrorists”?; CSIS reneged on pledge to brief judges about secret data centre; Review agency for Canada’s spies says it needs more funding.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 9, 2017: Proposed security oversight committee ‘shadow’ of what it should be, opposition says; Trudeau following Harper’s lead in denying justice to illegally imprisoned Muslim men; Après l’attentat de Québec, les crimes haineux ont monté en flèche; Feds settle case of ‘grossly unfair’ leak about Montreal man, RCMP probe ongoing; Amnesty international: Trump’s revised travel ban will stir hatred and division; CCR: Welcoming refugees at our borders: a moral and legal imperative; Hungary to detain all asylum seekers in container camps; How Justin Trudeau Is Failing Journalists; Criminal charges against Justin Brake an attack on press freedom; Revealed: Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres’ Suspected Killers Received U.S. Military Training; Quebec resident Alain Philippon to fight charge for not giving up phone password at airport; ‘Am I at risk of being hacked?’ What you need to know about the ‘Vault 7’ documents; Three Problems with President Trump’s Guantánamo Tweet.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, March 2, 2017: Man arrested after Concordia University bomb threat targeting Muslim students; Manning Centre hosts ‘bonkers’ panel claiming Quebec City mosque was actually helping terrorists; Trudeau’s torture policies no different than Trump’s; No evidence? No problem; How an Illegal Canadian Spy Program Sailed Through Regulatory Checks; Is your Internet data ending up in the NSA’s hands?; Goodale should reject Safe Third Country agreement before Homeland Security meeting; How to protect your phone privacy when crossing the U.S. border; Can Customs and Border Protection Agents demand to see your ID on a domestic trip?; Outcry Kills Anti-Protest Law in Arizona, But Troubling Trend Continues Nationwide; Documents Indicate Germany Spied on Foreign Journalists; Former neo-Nazi explains why the threat of white extremism must not be ignored.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 23, 2017: Ottawa to compensate, give apologies to Canadians tortured in Syria; Hassan Diab supporters fear changing political climate could hurt chances of fair trial; Anti-Islamophobia motion offers a chance to take a stand against hatred. Why quibble over semantics?; Transparent double standard on freedom of speech; Hundreds of Canadian children held in immigration detention, report shows; New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions; Donald Trump is right, there was a recent attack in Sweden. By neo-Nazis on a refugee centre; VICE’s Ben Makuch stands up for Canadian press freedom; Militarized Police Just Evicted The Sioux Tribe From Standing Rock At Gunpoint; How to secure your phone when crossing the border; Dramatic increase in people having Canadian citizenship revoked since Trudeau elected; Former UK Home Secretary: Why it was right to release Jamal al-Harith in 2004.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 16, 2017: ICLMG op-ed: Proposed New Preclearance Act Will Bring Border Trouble; Release of first batch of security consultation submissions is big win for transparency, but litmus test will be how government responds; Amira Elghawaby: Islamophobia is a threat to us all, Canada’s silent majority must speak up; What took Charles Taylor so long to reverse his position on Quebec’s religious restrictions?: Hébert; The Quebec mosque attack victims spent their lives vilified as terrorists. Then they were murdered by one; L’extrême droite sort de l’ombre; Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement Needs To Be Revisited: Lawyers; Donald Trump ‘won’t challenge Muslim travel ban’ in Supreme Court; ICE Arrests 600 in Nationwide Raids After Trump Order Expands Criminalization of Immigrants; Trump powers ‘will not be questioned’ on immigration, senior official says; Canadian denied entry to U.S. after being questioned on mosque connections; Julia Sanchez: Don’t lecture the Americans about our values. Demonstrate them; Revealed: FBI terrorism taskforce investigating Standing Rock activists.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 9, 2017: Muslim leaders urge governments to fight Islamophobia after mosque attack; «Urgent» de créer une commission sur le racisme systémique; Maher Arar says government should scrap anti-terror law as part of response to Islamophobia; Syrian Refugee Crisis Linked to Rampant Torture, Disappearances & Arrests of Civilian Population; Ottawa should suspend refugee pact with U.S., Harvard report says; Appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump’s ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations; Justice Dept. lawyer says 100,000 visas revoked under travel ban; State Dept. says about 60,000; Canadian woman turned away from U.S. border after questions about religion, Trump; Homeland Security Might Start Asking US Visitors for Their Social Media Passwords; Kellyanne Conway blames refugees for ‘Bowling Green massacre’ that never happened; WARNING: This Trump order could threaten the privacy of Canadians; CSIS doesn’t know how many Canadians were snared in unlawful data program; Just in Time for Trump, Jury Says Defense of Planet Is No Crime.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, February 2, 2017: ICLMG editorial: Fighting Hate in the Wake of the Quebec City Mosque Shooting: 5 Ways the Trudeau Government Can Act Now!; Minister Goodale: Reject Information Obtained Through Torture; Rima Elkouri: Chronique d’une tragédie annoncée; Canadian conservatives must take long, hard look at their Islamophobic rhetoric; Simple truth is Canada’s mass shooters are usually white and Canadian-born: Neil Macdonald; Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Culmination of War on Terror Mentality but Still Uniquely Shameful; UN denounces Trump’s travel ban as ‘mean-spirited’ and illegal under human rights law; Judge Halts Deportations After Protesters Swarm Airports Over Trump’s Order Barring Muslims; Obama Killed a 16-Year-Old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister; NYT editorial: President Bannon?; Police Raid Standing Rock Last Child Camp, Arrest 76; Secret Docs Reveal: President Trump Has Inherited an FBI With Vast Hidden Powers; Canada must urgently reassess data sharing with the U.S.; Kids still caught by no-fly lists despite new redress office, parents say; Give Parliamentary committee a chance to shine.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 26, 2017: Ottawa n’a rien appris du cas Maher Arar; Trump’s war on reality is just getting started: says torture works, eliminates privacy protections for foreigners, imposes ban on refugees, blocks visas from 7 Muslim nations, bans agencies from talking to reporters, while six journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest; Refugee claimants entering from US need our protection; Canadians want more privacy protections and transparency; Les terribles conséquences de l’islamophobie; Greenpeace argues Resolute racketeering suit ‘brute force’ intimidation; Colombian Human Rights Leader Assassinated; Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’; Opinion: Trump’s war on reality is just getting started; Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 19, 2017: ‘Secret order’ authorizing RCMP’s covert Cold War wiretapping program released after 65 years; Federal security officials approved Winnipeg police efforts to purchase spying devices; Justin Trudeau promised changes to draconian Bill C-51. We’re still waiting; ‘Rule of law’ racism, C-51 and the coming resistance wave; Republican lawmakers in five states propose bills to criminalize peaceful protests; Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence commuted by Obama; Obama to leave office with more than 40 detainees still in Guantánamo Bay; Pour Amnesty International, la dérive sécuritaire en Europe est dangereuse; Complaints describe border agents interrogating Muslim Americans, asking for social media accounts.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 12, 2017: CSIS assessing ‘bulk data’ collection, records show; Personal privacy under threat by surveillance state; Globe Editorial: Quebec police are getting search warrants too easily, hurting the free press; Border agency oversight bill stalls in Parliament; N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications; Congressional report sides with Apple on encryption debate; Opinion: Trump wants to restock Guantánamo. Who’s the ‘worst of the worst’ now?; Medea Benjamin: America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. What a bloody end to Obama’s reign; The Crimes of the Seal Team 6.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, January 5, 2017: ICLMG Editorial: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Human Rights and National Security Challenges for 2017; Jameel Jaffer on Obama’s National Security Legacy & What Lies Ahead with Trump; No Paper Trail; Public interest should be central to regulation of charities’ political activities; Revealed: British councils used Ripa to secretly spy on public; Obama Administration Dismantles Idled Muslim Registry Ahead of Trump Inauguration.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 22, 2016: Des dizaines d’agents de la GRC ont fouillé dans la vie privée de Canadiens sans permission; Statement on the government’s commitment to release the results of the National Security Consultation; Canadian telecoms push back on proposed police powers; Eight reasons why Canada must repeal its anti-terror laws; Montreal newspaper La Presse wants court to stop police investigation of reporter; Surveillance des journalistes: l’opposition dénonce le rapport montréalais; One quarter of Canadian online traffic vulnerable to NSA sweeps: researchers; EU’s Top Court Delivers “Major Blow” to Mass Surveillance; Fahmy Foundation, Amnesty International & A Coalition of Concerned Citizens Appeal to Liberal Government.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 15, 2016: Don’t Let The Police Steal Canada’s National Security Debate; Blood on our hands: Canada’s links to torture; In open letter to ministers, civil society organizations demand transparency on changes to national security; Bill C-51 damages Canada’s economy. It must be scrapped; Real Oversight Needed for Law-breaking National Security Agencies; Canadian spywatcher’s Snowden remark ‘highly inappropriate’; Federal cabinet secretly approved Cold War wiretaps on anyone deemed ‘subversive’i; CSIS breaches promise to report on past media surveillance; Goodale keeps door open to CSIS use of metadata gathered from innocent people; IXmaps: See where your data travels.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 8, 2016: Don’t expand police spying powers, watchdogs tell Ottawa; Liberals’ Digital Surveillance Proposals Far Scarier Than Bill C-51; Amended national security committee bill sails through committee; Canada’s spy services should be more accountable, says director of review committee; Liberals should put an end to Harper’s charity chill; Révélation Snowden : l’Afrique et les télécoms sous surveillance massive.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, December 2, 2016: How can Canada condone torture?; Trump’s election should prompt Canada to rethink its complicity with U.S. mass surveillance; Jewish Group Disturbed By The Passing Of Anti-BDS Motion; Canada may deploy defence forces if pipeline protests aren’t peaceful: Natural resources minister; Protection des sources des journalistes: Ottawa recule; Does What Happened to This Canadian Journalist at the US-Canada Border Herald a Darker Trend?; Federal override makes spy committee’s mandate ‘a mirage,’ info czar says; Border strategy has had little impact, auditor general report finds; Potential Trump Pick for Homeland Security Wants to Send 1 Million People to Gitmo.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 24, 2016: RCMP is overstating Canada’s ‘surveillance lag’; Le gouvernement vous écoute (encore plus que vous ne le pensez); Canada’s national security oversight is among the weakest in the Western world; Ottawa approves redress system for Canadian travellers affected by no-fly list; Dakota Access pipeline water protector ‘may lose her arm’ after police standoff.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 17, 2016: The RCMP Is Using the Media to ‘Create Moral Panic’ About Encryption; Bill C-51 is violating our Charter rights and the Canadian government doesn’t care; Commissaire à la vie privée du Canada : Journalistes surveillés : tous les citoyens sont à risque; Surveillance chill on writers and journalists in Canada; Donald Trump’s team ‘discussing plans for Muslim registration system’; ‘Consistent evidence’ suggests Ottawa academic did not commit 1980 terrorist bombing, French judge says; Britain has passed the ‘most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy’.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 11, 2016: Surveillance scandals break while government presses for more surveillance powers; Ottawa should do its part to protect freedom of press; Montreal police surveillance of journalist a sign of ‘real-time tracking’; JFE condemns Project SITKA, targeted surveillance of Indigenous land defenders; La haute direction du SPVM a cautionné GAMMA; Illegal spying shows need to update security laws; On Secret Law, Courts And The Rule Of Law; Canada’s legacy of anti-terror panic has come home to roost with Bill C-51; Canada Looks to Purchase Weaponized Drones for Targeted Assassinations, Surveillance, Crowd Control; Donald Trump Says He’d ‘Absolutely’ Require Muslims to Register.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, November 3, 2016: In scathing ruling, Federal Court says CSIS bulk data collection illegal; National security green paper is a whitewash; Six journalistes épiés par la Sûreté du Québec; Quebec to hold public inquiry into surveillance of journalists; New Bill C-22 abandons Liberal call for real-time parliamentary ‘oversight’ into CSIS; In case you missed it, Canada passed an anti-Islamophobia motion last week; Police Depts. Paid AT&T Millions to Scrutinize Our Texts & Chats.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 27, 2016: RCMP’s counterterrorism centre in Ottawa serves as intersection of information; Security of Canada Information Sharing Act; Court order to arrest reporter covering Muskrat Falls is unacceptable; The “Canada Brand”: Violence and Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America; Third hunger strike this year highlights despair of Canada’s detained migrants; Ontario inmate held in solitary confinement for four years moved to better cell; Private Eyes: The Little-Known Company That Enables Worldwide Mass Surveillance.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 21, 2016:Testimony of Paul Cavalluzzo, representing ICLMG, at the Public Safety Committee expert panel on national security; La Ligue des droits et libertés demande à Ottawa d’abroger la Loi antiterroriste; Canada’s torture consumers and the faux national security consultation; Court shuts down latest bid to deport Toronto man accused of terror links; Safe in Canada, Khaled Al-Qazzaz speaks on his nightmare spent in a notorious Egyptian prison; Guantánamo Diary author Mohamedou Ould Slahi freed after 14 years.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 14, 2016: The ‘New’ CSIS Brings Secret Police to Canada; New spy-accountability bill will create easily muzzled watchdog, report says; Markham man on U.S. no-fly list stranded overseas, feels ‘helpless’; Casualties of war on terror continue to be hounded by Canada’s spies; Gerry Caplan: Nothing ‘sunny’ about Canadian’s extradition to France. Why should China be any different?; Trudeau government revoking citizenship at much higher rate than Conservatives; Last Week Tonight: John Oliver explains why Guantanamo Bay needs to be shut down; US military operations are biggest motivation for homegrown terrorists, FBI study finds.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, October 6, 2016: Liberals can’t have it both ways on anti-terror law; How Ottawa revived Canada’s most controversial privacy issue; Bill C-51: Less Free Speech, Undermines De-radicalization; Prominent security expert says legislation fatally flawed; CSIS using C-51 to spy on Canadians in foreign prisons, memo reveals; CSIS suspends bulk data mining pending new guidelines; Canada violating international law by jailing hundreds of migrant children, advocacy groups say.
News Digest – Revue de l’actualité, September 29, 2016: La CSILC exhorte le gouvernement à mettre en place des mécanismes d’examen et de surveillance robustes pour les agences de sécurité nationale; Ottawa failing to protect law-abiding Canadians from security surveillance, watchdog warns; Chantal Bernier: Is C-51 necessary? Prove it; NDP introduces repeal of Bill C-51; Maryam Monsef controversy highlights absurd citizenship law; Ottawa to Consult on Charity Rules – but Continue Audits; Homa Hoodfar happy to be home after ‘bitter’ ordeal in Iran.
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