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has CSIS done?
|(Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) - 15 August 2002)|
Solicitor General needs to clarify CSIS role, provide guarantees
Canadian Arab Federation is gravely concerned over the treatment of a
Canadian citizen by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services (CSIS).
CSIS has already admitted playing a role in handing over Mohamed Jabarah,
a Canadian citizen, to American authorities. CSIS describes their
actions as having “facilitated
[Jabara’s] transfer into U.S. hands.”
Jabarah’s guilt or innocence is not at issue here, but rather, his
civil rights. We are very
concerned over the fact that CSIS, with no authority to make arrests or
detentions, has handed over a Canadian citizen to a foreign country and
with no due process. This
sets a very dangerous precedent. Who’s
going to go next?
seems to have acted above the law in this situation.
Had Mr. Jabarah been a suspect, he should have been turned in to
the Canadian authorities, and given access to legal counsel, not whisked
over the border in secret.
clandestine action makes Canadians, especially those of Arab origin or
of the Muslim faith, suspect that our civil rights and liberties are
being abused by those put in place to protect us.
Should we now live in fear of our own Government?
is a very unsettling notion that the Canadian Government should urgently
Canadian Arab Federation calls upon Solicitor general Lawrence MacAulay
We also call upon the Security Intelligence and Review Committee (SIRC) to investigate CSIS’ role in the Jabarah affair and ensure guarantees are in place to prevent further violations of citizens’ rights.
This is still Canada. Or, is it?