ICLMG in the media

Ottawa ne devrait pas criminaliser l’apologie du terrorisme

By Hélène Buzetti, Le Devoir – “Mme Zwibel fait valoir qu’il serait en outre très difficile de tracer les pourtours du type de discours jugé inacceptable. C’est aussi l’avis de Rock Tassé, le coordonnateur national de la Coalition pour la surveillance internationale des libertés civiles. « Quand le journaliste Glenn Greenwald, celui qui a travaillé avec Edward Snowden, écrit que le Canada doit s’attendre à être une cible puisqu’il est en guerre au Moyen-Orient depuis 13 ans, est-ce que ce serait considéré comme l’apologie du terrorisme ?, demande M. Tassé. Quand quelqu’un tenterait d’expliquer pourquoi des Palestiniens posent des actes terroristes en Israël, est ce que ce serait considéré comme une apologie ? Quand on essayerait de comprendre les causes profondes, les root cause, du terrorisme, est-ce que ce serait de l’apologie ? Et qu’en est-il de la liberté de la presse ? Un article qui tenterait d’expliquer le terrorisme serait-il perçu comme une apologie ? Sans compter que cela pose la question de la définition même de ce qu’est le terrorisme… »” Article only accesible to members

Stephen Harper, Khaled Al-Qazzaz needs your help

alqazzaz_protest.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterbox-2The Toronto Star –  To The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada: We, the undersigned, are calling upon you as concerned Canadian citizens and organizations to use the full power of your office to demand the immediate release of Canadian permanent resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz who has been illegally detained in Egypt for over 365 days without charge and is in present danger of suffering a heart attack. He should have been promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released. One year is most certainly not prompt. His illegal detention was, in fact, recently extended by an Egyptian court. Your intervention is critical in securing his immediate release and safe return home to Canada. Read more


Warren Allmand, International Human Rights Consultant

Maher Arar, Canadian Activist

Margaret Atwood, Author

Gerald Caplan, Public Affairs Commentator

Paul Copeland, C.M., Lawyer, Life Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Yves Engler, Author and Activist

John Greyson, Associate Professor, York University; Video artist, Writer and Activist

Karen Hamilton, Reverend; General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches

Barbara Jackman, Partner, Jackman Nazami & Associates

Abdul-Basit Khan, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Raja Khouri, Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Kathleen Mahoney, QC, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Obiora Okafor, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (English Branch)

Clayton Ruby C.M., Partner, Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan Barristers; Member of the Order of Canada

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association

Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association

Downtown Muslim Professional Network

International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)

Ligue des droits et libertés

Al-Qazzaz jailed in Egypt: Prominent Canadians urge PM to intervene

Khaled-588x330IQRA.ca – Today, prominent Canadians stood alongside Canadian Sarah Attia in a press conference at Parliament Hill  and presented an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the situation of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

RochTasse, Alex Neve, and Monia Mazigh, signatories of the letter, each shared aspects of the letter and all urged Prime Minister Harper to intervene and end the ordeal that Khaled, Sarah and their four children have lived through for the last 11 months.

“Thank you to the many Canadian lawyers, academics, authors, and activist [signatories] for your support and for standing alongside my family to call for an end to this injustice” said Sarah Attia. The names of the 129 leading Canadians and 6 organizations who signed the letter can be found on the campaign web page. Read more

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