CAIR-CAN AND GROUPS ASK MPS NOT TO RENEW ANTI-TERROR ACT: LETTER AND JOINT STATEMENT
In a letter addressed to parliamentarians today, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) asks all MPs to vote with their conscience and not extend two of the Anti-Terrorism Act’s most controversial provisions – preventative detention and investigative hearings.
The letter stated CAIR-CAN’s categorical support for the Liberal Party, the Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois, and the New Democratic Party, to not renew the provisions, and asks all MPs regardless of party affiliation to follow suit.
Preventative detention, allows for individuals to be held without charge for up to 72 hours, and investigative hearings, compels persons to appear before secret hearings. Both are stark departures from Canada’s legal tradition.
Additionally, in partnership with several groups, CAIR-CAN signed on to a “Joint Statement on the Anti-Terrorism Act Renewal.” The joint statement outlines how preventative detention and investigative hearings threaten fundamental civil and human rights and erode the role of judges in our legal system.
Both the letter and joint statement can be found at:
“Our country’s safety and security must be protected, however this cannot come at the expense of Canada’s cherished values: civil liberties and the rights of people.
“It is critical that parliamentarians not be swayed by the politics of fear and vote with their conscience against renewing the Anti-Terrorism Act’s provisions,” said Karl Nickner, Executive Director of CAIR-CAN.
CONTACT: CAIR-CAN Communications and Human Rights Coordinator Sameer Zuberi at 613-795-2012, or CAIR-CAN Executive Director Karl Nickner at 613-254-9704 or 613-853-4111
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is a national Islamic grassroots organization. CAIR-CAN offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the Canadian Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called caircan-medialist receive news releases and other materials dealing with Canadian Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.