Sunday, February 11, 2007

hunger for justice

We are slowly dying in here” - Mohammad Mahjoub

In Canada, the ostensibly more 'progressive' appendage...I mean neighbor of the US, three detainees at Canada's own version of Guantanamo Bay, the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre (aka Gitmo North), are entering the 79th, 68th, and 68th day of hunger strikes respectively. Their demands? More humane detention conditions!

The three detainees - Mahmoud Jaballah, detained since August 2001, Hassan Almrei, detained since October 2001, and Mohammad Mahjoub, detained since June 2000 - have been held under Canada's draconian "security certificate" process, on vague allegations that they may have something to do with that increasingly meaningless but all-powerful label "terrorism". They have never ceased to insist on their innocence and demand a fair and open trial, which is no more than the legal right of every person in Canada.

Gitmo North Strike

Open Letter from the striking detainees

Dr. Sami Al-Arian, charged with terrorism-related links, on all of which he was acquitted, still remains in prison over a year after his acquittal. Like a spoiled brat that cant have its own way, the US government continues to hold him for spurious and ever-changing reasons. He is being subpoenaed to various trials to testify, and this provides an excuse to keep holding him. His imprisonment is now in its fourth year. On January 22, 2007, he started a hunger strike that is now on its 20th day.

Free Sami Al-Arian

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