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Abdelrazik Speaks for Justice

Oct/08/2009 - 7:00 pm

To break the silence and end the fear

:::Schedule of Abousfian Abdelrazik's Fall 2009 Speaking Tour:::

Abousfian Abdelrazik, recently returned from 6 years of forced exile in Sudan, will be on tour across Quebec and eastern Canada, from the 24th of September to the 17th of October, accompanied by members of Project Fly Home. The tour is sponsored nationally by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), Council of Canadians, Council on American-Islamic Relations - Canada (CAIRCAN), International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) and the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA).

MAIN EVENTS (GTA Area)

Toronto
Thursday, 8 October at 7pm
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Hosted by: Stop Canadian Involvement in Torture and Christian Peacemaker Teams and endorsed by the Centre for Integrated Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) at OISE
More information: tasc[at]web.ca

Hamilton, Ontario
Friday, 9 October at 7pm
The Skydragon Centre, 27 King William St.
Hosted by: Amnesty International Hamilton #1, Amnesty International
Burlington #21, Common Cause - Hamilton and
Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3396
More information: cshannon9[at]cogeco.ca

Mississauga, Ontario
Saturday, 10 October at 6pm
Blind Duck Restaurant, Student Centre, University of Toronto
3359 Mississauga Road North
Fundraising dinner with Suad Hagui and Faraz Siddiqui
Hosted by: Canadian Arab Federation (CAF)
More information: info[at]caf.ca or 416 493 8653

BACKGROUND

Abousfian Abdelrazik, like Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati, Muayyed
Nureddin and Maher Arar, is another victim of a racist national
security agenda that has gained so much ground in Canada over the past
decade.

On the recommendation of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service
(CSIS), Abdelrazik was jailed and imprisoned while on a visit to Sudan
in 2003. Never charged, Abdelrazik was beaten, threatened and tortured
during two periods of detention. In this context, he was questioned by
CSIS.

Prevented by the Canadian government from returning home to Canada, he
went public with his story and took refuge in the Canadian Embassy in
Khartoum, where he remained for more than one year.

It took a groundswell from people across Canada, as well legal action,
to finally bring about his return and reunion with his children in
Montreal on June 27, 2009.

After six harrowing years in exile, Abdelrazik is home -- but his
struggle is not over. In 2006, without his knowledge and with no
opportunity to respond, Abdelrazik's name was placed on the UN's "1267
List". This Kafka-esque list imposes a travel ban and total 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.

On tour with Project Fly Home, Abdelrazik will speak about his
experiences and his on-going struggle for justice, as he seeks to
re-establish a normal life in Canada. These community gatherings will
be a chance to hear his story, as well as an opportunity to strategize
together about how to make real changes to the structures which allow
this to happen.

MORE INFORMATION

Project Fly Home (an initiative of the People's Commission Network)
www.peoplescommission.org/abdelrazik.php
projectflyhome@gmail.com