CSILC dans les médias

Mohamed Harkat could remain in ‘immigration limbo’ for years

scoc-terror-harkat-20140514CBC News – […] If Harkat’s application to stay is rejected, he could challenge the decision by way of judicial review in Federal Court. But he would have to allege there was some kind of procedural irregularity in the decision.

“It’s very hard to actually challenge the merits,” Aiken said.

If the judge believed a procedural error had occurred, the case could be bounced back and forth between the Federal Court and the Immigration Department for an extended period of time, Aiken said. From there, it’s possible the case could make its way to the Federal Court of Appeal and finally the Supreme Court of Canada. But Aiken, who was counsel for the Canadian Council for Refugees and International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, which intervened in the Harkat case, said Harkat will not have endless routes of redress. Lire plus

Opinion: Don’t care about surveillance? You’re probably white and middle class

Glenn Greenwald Discusses His New Book On Edward Snowden And The NSAOttawa Citizen – It’s no surprise that minorities are fearful of authority when they are the most targeted and least able to protect themselves. A study from The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that African-Americans and Hispanics with Internet access were more concerned about online privacy than white people.

While privileged populations often laud surveillance measures as a way to fight terrorism, minorities are burdened by the results. Ask the Middle Eastern man with a beard who gets treated like Maher Arar at the border about his thoughts on privacy. And government infringement is only getting worse. The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) issued a report that describes how the more than 17 border control programs now in place are disproportionately aimed at certain ethnic groups.

From a social justice perspective, we should care that fellow Canadians are being targeted. But there’s also a more selfish reason. As government spying becomes more sinister, privilege is not a get-out-of-surveillance-free card. The “I-have-nothing-to-fear” defence should be qualified with “until I don’t.” Government has a nasty habit of extending its reach over time. That’s a reality none of us should hide from. Lire plus

Mohamed Harkat “dévasté”

222682-mohamed-harkat-pleurs-lors-pointLe Journal de Montréal – […] Le Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés (CCR) et la Coalition pour la surveillance internationale des libertés civiles (CSILC) se sont dits déçus du jugement de la Cour suprême dans l’affaire Harkat.

Selon ces deux organisations, le jugement maintient «un processus fondamentalement injuste s’appuyant sur des preuves secrètes pour décider d’expulser un non-citoyen, potentiellement vers un risque de torture.»

«Le CCR et la CSILC regrettent que cette décision affirme l’inégalité de la protection des droits fondamentaux offerte aux non-citoyens. Lorsque ces droits sont en jeu pour les citoyens, comme dans les procédures pénales, nous ne tolérons pas l’utilisation de preuves secrètes. Les non-citoyens méritent une chance égale de connaître les preuves utilisées contre eux, et d’y répondre», précisent le CCR et la CSILC dans un communiqué, tout en relevant que la Cour «ne s’est pas prononcée sur les aspects discriminatoires de ces dispositions». Lire plus

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