Canada Must Stop Abusing Human Rights!
Vote on Bill C-3 Postponed!
Keep up the Pressure to Stop Secret Trial Legislation in Canada!
- Urgent Action Alert, Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada –
The Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada points out that the vote in the Canadian Parliament on Bill C-3 did not take place prior to the holiday break in the House of Commons.
Stop Secret Trials in Canada is demanding “that Liberals, Bloc, and Conservatives NOT bring in new law to allow for indefinite detention without charge, secret hearings without the detainee or their lawyer present, draconian house arrest, and deportation to torture.”
The Campaign is calling on people to take the following actions:
We are collecting signatures on petitions and hope to have tens of thousands of names on them by February 15, 2008. Please download the petitions, take them with you everywhere, and send them in once filled out.
2. Contact MPs from Today through the end of January
We ask that you:
a. Call-in/email to demand that “Public Safety” committee members (listed below) reject the new bill and stop behaving in a manner that reflects that anti-democratic nature of security certificates by shutting down opposition;
b. Call your own MP and demand that they take a stand and vote against C-3. A list of MPs and how they voted (or whether they were even in the House) is available (click here). If your MP is an NDP-er or one of the two Liberals who have shown some backbone, please consider calling someone else on the standing committee (click here for their names and contact information).
On Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16, the Campaign is also launching a Martin Luther King Day Freedom Caravan to Stop Secret Trials in Canada in Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, and Scarborough.
The organizers state that, “Groups of individuals will gather on January 15 and focus on westend MPs between 9 am and 4 pm. We will do the same for central and east end MPs on the 16th. Each hour we will focus on a new location for a peaceful vigil, presentation of information on C-3 (the new secret trials legislation that will be voted on at the end of January), and symbols of what MPs can use to help stop C-3. For example, former goalie and current MP Ken Dryden will be handed a ‘Block C-3′ hockey stick to help him save the Charter, etc. Others may receive a backbone, a copy of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or similar symbols.”
Those interested in joining all or part of the caravan should contact the Campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 651-5800 to register. The organizers also request that, “If you have a vehicle and can help get people around during these two days, please let us know!”