Press Conference in Support of Mohamed Harkat

On Monday, December 10th, 2012 in Press Conferences

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, joined Amnesty International Canada, members of Mohamed Harket’s family, NDP MP Randall Garrison and others on International Human Rights Day to condemn the use of security certificates.

Security certificates violate virtually every precept of our laws and system of human rights. For the past ten years, Mr. Harkat has been under strict surveillance after being taken into custody on suspicion of being an al-Qaida sleeper agent.  (A charge he denies.)  While his case makes its way through the justice system, he is forced to wear a GPS ankle bracelet, cannot leave town without permission, is not allowed on the internet, and must check in with authorities on a regular basis.

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a challenge of the security certificate system brought forward by Mr. Harkat.  Elizabeth spoke out in support of him at today’s press conference.

You can help put an end to security certificates!  Follow the link below, down and print the petition, and mail the petition back to Elizabeth, postage free.  She will present your petition to the House of Commons on your behalf.

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  • DonThompson

    This “cause” would be better served if:
    (a) Security Certificates were explained; and
    (b) if the issue of Mr. Harkat’s treatment were separated from opposition to Security Certificates.

    • Léa Langelier

      A Security Certificate requires someone to be traced on a regular basis, He is required by law to allow the Police and such to inquire into his activities.

  • Léa Langelier

    The question I would ask is “What is he so afraid of, if he is not doing something wrong?” I would be concerned for his safety, first. He is, after all, innocent until proven guilty. Are they harming him in the process of acquiring his information? Does he have to make unconditional sacrifices that cost him in a way that he has trouble dealing with his day-to-day activities? Does he have relatives out of town that require him to leave on a regular basis? Does he fear harm on his person because he has been exposed as a ‘bad person’ by the law? After all, in the eyes of the laws that I know as a Canadian citizen, he is innocent. But not everyone will know that looking at him and not everyone who may recognize his name in such a manner. First impressions count, right? Is this what he is afraid of?

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