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.