Project Fly Home has launched a campaign on behalf of Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Sudanese-Canadian man who was wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Sudan in 2003 and prevented by the Canadian government from returning to Canada until last year.
Documents obtained by his supporters under the Privacy Act implicate the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in his arrest and show that the Canadian government was unwilling to allow him to return even though they knew he was innocent.
While Mr. Abdelrazik is finally home with his family, his quest for justice is far from over. Project Fly Home has obtained the support of over thirty organizations for the following demands:
- That Canada make all necessary efforts to ensure that Abousfian Abdelrazik’s name be immediately removed from the UN 1267 list (The “1267 list” imposes a travel ban and complete asset freeze on listed individuals. Canadian regulations implementing the 1267 list prohibit anyone from providing Abdelrazik with any material aid – including salary, loans of any amount, food or clothing.)
- That Canada’s “United Nations Al Qaeda and Taliban Regulations” be repealed
- That Canada use all means in its power to compel the UN Security Council to scrap the 1267 list
- That all Canadian officials involved in the arrest, torture and exile of Abousfian Abdelrazik – particularly those at the highest level – be held responsible for their actions and either criminally charged, discharged from their positions, formally sanctioned, or subject to other measures as appropriate
- That, acknowledging that nothing can restore these six lost years or heal the wounds, appropriate reparations be made to Abousfian Abdelrazik and his family
- That CSIS be compelled to cease its campaign of harassment against Muslims, Arabs and all other targeted communities.
Peace Alliance Winnipeg endorses this campaign and encourages its members and supporters to become informed and to take action (such as writing Members of Parliament and encouraging others to do so.)
More information on Mr. Abdelrazik’s case can be found at here.
If you want to write your MP, you can locate him/her here.