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Sounds of Solidarity Rally at Toronto Immigration Holding Centre. Free The Three! Freedom for Migrants! End Detentions!

Dec/09/2012 - 2:30 pm

On December 9th, join us from across Southern Ontarion for a family friendly demonstration outside the Toronto immigration detention centre in solidarity with security certificate detainees Mohammad Mahjoub, Mohamed Harkat and Mahmoud Jaballah and all those locked up in immigration detention.


We will be a noisy, musical presence to express our support for those locked up inside. We will have live performances, drummers and hot chocolate! Please bring whistles, pots, pans and other noise makers, dress warm and bring a flashlight. Speakers and performers to be announced shortly.

December 10th marks the 10th year anniversary of Mohamed Harkat’s arrest under a security certificate. Mahjoub will be in court in Toronto for a detention review, once again calling on the judge to free him from over twelve years of arbitrary, indefinite detention. And it is International Human Rights Day.

Sounds of Solidarity Rally
Toronto Immigration Holding Centre
December 9, 2012 at 4pm.
Meet at 2:30pm at Fed Court House, 180 Queen West for buses

Actions in Other Cities:

Ottawa: Visual presentation/rally on Parliament Hill on Dec. 10th at 10am.
Montreal: Rally at Laval Immigration Prevention Centre on Dec. 10th at 10am. Colourful car convoy leaves Rosemont metro at 9am.
Vancouver: Action on December 10th, evening (details tbc: check NOII-Vancouver website or fb).
Calgary: Info-Picket at 615 MacLeod Trail Southeast on Dec. 9th. from 1pm to 2pm.
Saskatoon: Action at 12pm on December 9th.

Other cities to be announced. Please see for full list.

For over a decade now, Mohammad Mahjoub, Mohamed Harkat and Mahmoud Jaballah have lived in arbitrary and inhumane detention as a result of security certificates. Mahjoub was imprisoned for 8 years (including 2.5 years in solitary) and over 4.5 years under continuing house arrest and conditions; Harkat was imprisoned for 3.5 years (including 1 year in solitary) and 6.5 years under house arrest and conditions; Jaballah was imprisoned for over six years prison (including 1.5 years in solitary) and 5.5 years under continuing house and conditions… yet, none of them has ever been charged.

Mahjoub, Harkat and Jaballah are three of the thousands of migrants in Canada who spend more time in worse jails simply because they don’t have full immigration status. With the full implementation of Bill C-31 in December, and with Bill C-43 looming in Parliament, increasing numbers of migrants will find themselves behind bars. Since the Harper government came in to power in 2006, over 72,000 people have been locked up in immigration detention. This includes families and children as well as those jailed in maximum security prisons without access to service or programs.

On December 9th and 10th, insist Free the Three! Freedom for Migrants! End Detentions!

Attend an action near you or organize a workshop, info-picket or action in your community. Email we can provide flyers, media release, and other support.

Please also take a moment to sign the statement against security certificates at

In solidarity,

Justice for Mahjoub Network
The Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee
Justice for Jaballah
No One Is Illegal – Toronto
People’s Commission Network
Anarchist Black Cross – Toronto | | | |