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Mohammed Zeki Mahjoub needs support

On 30 November 2009, Mohammad Mahjoub received a court order releasing him from the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre (KIHC). Until the court conditions are put in place, he will remain in hospital or prison – an intolerable situation that has already led him to a life-threatening hunger-strike.

Will he resign? Peter MacKay’s ‘very bad day’ gets worse

Derrick O’Keefe: The Peter MacKay resignation watch is now officially on in Ottawa. Or at least it should be. Wednesday was already shaping up to be, as the Globe and Mail put it, ‘Peter MacKay’s very bad day,’ with he and Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon scheduled to appear before the special parliamentary committee on [...]

MacKay’s office knew about prisoner concerns

Emails sent to then-foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay’s office expressed alarm over the treatment of Afghan detainees on behalf of the International Red Cross Committee – the world humanitarian organization entrusted by the United Nations to monitor prisoners of war, the Star has learned. Up to now, MacKay and other government ministers have characterized the [...]

All Afghan detainees likely tortured: diplomat

CBC: All detainees transferred by Canadians to Afghan prisons were likely tortured by Afghan officials and many of the prisoners were innocent, says a former senior diplomat with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Appearing before a House of Commons committee Wednesday, Richard Colvin blasted the detainees policies of Canada and compared them with the policies of [...]

Death watch in Haiti’s jails

Haitian human rights lawyer Evel Fanfan estimates that six thousand people were arrested in Port-au-Prince because of their political loyalties in March 2004, the month following Aristide’s ousting. Although some were released soon afterward, since that time both the Haitian police and the UN peacekeepeing mission MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) have conducted [...]

Bil’in activist released

On August 22, the military court judge ruled to release Mohammed Khatib on stiff bail and conditions pending his trial (including a bar through the end of proceedings on participating in or even being in Bil’in on Fridays during demonstration hours), but the prosecution requested (and was granted) a stay of execution of his release [...]

Guantanamo detainee returns home

One of the youngest people to be held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay has been released and taken back to his native Afghanistan, his lawyer has said. Mohammed Jawad, 19, was released from the jail in Cuba on Monday, seven years after he was arrested by US forces in Afghanistan…Jawad’s lawyers said [...]

Denial of parole to Leonard Peltier after more than 32 years in prison, disappointing

Amnesty International today regretted the US Parole Commission’s decision not to grant Leonard Peltier parole despite concerns about the fairness of his 1977 conviction for murder. The organization called for the immediate release on parole of the activist, who is serving two consecutive life sentences and has spent more than 32 years in prison.

Closing farm ‘makes no sense’

Jeannie Baldwin from the Public Service Alliance of Canada writes about the closure of six prison farms in Canada including farm at Dorchestor.

Prisoners Shackled, and Hidden Away

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel has accused the Israeli security forces of deliberately shackling Palestinian prisoners in a painful and dangerous manner, amounting to a form of torture.