Thursday, March 01, 2007
The sound of freedom and rights...
Last week, our Supreme Court determined that Security Certificates went against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and gave the government a year to re-write the law. These certificates, once issued against a foreign national or permanent resident, lead to detention without charge, a secret hearing without witnesses or a requirement to reveal evidence...and then lead indefinite detention or deportation without notice...including to countries known to torture. There are currently 5 men detained under these. The government will now have to find a balance, where at minimum, the detained with have counsel and the counsel will be security-cleared to see the evidence and act on thedetainee's behalf. Amnesty worked very hard with others on this and my good friend Michael Bossin (hi Michael) presented our oral case before the Supreme Court (pro-bono I might add). He's a eloquent devil, that Michael!
Other good news. A federal judge in Canada ruled on another case saying that under no circumstances should Canada deport any person to known or likely torture.
And as Lindsay pointed out, our government motion was defeated this week in extended some element of the Ant-Terrorism criminal law (call it preventative detention powers for the police, in simple terms).
Now if we can get some charges going in Canada for complicity in aiding the US kidnapping-flights in Canadian airspace (and landing), it will be a very nice roll we're on. Germany and Italy have already beat us on this one - charging national and U.S. citizens with crimes.
Two steps forward - one step back... humanity's approach to progress - if we're vigilant.
And I'm proud of our Court - see their smiling faces above.
Jublu - yes, aren't our Canadian judges cute? Chief Justice is the woman front centre.
Thanks for the tip Grenwolde (and for visiting).
This is great news. It made me feel better just reading it.
Thank you for your efforts.
I was reading a few days ago about how a backlash effect tends to be rather generalized and broad-sweeping. Let's hope that this is the case with the current gung-ho restriction of liberties in the name of security going on.
Just thinking that cattle rustling is still a problem in some places. We can't afford to wait until the very last potential terrorist is dealt with effectively to return our society to a semblance of decency (presuming we had some semblance of decency before).
At one point, we all agreed that lynching was not equivalent to distribution of justice. Hmmmm.... Just thinking (ie, rambling)....
Great posting and news. I have posted “Fear now rules our centre stage” about the untenable position in Aussieland.
I have also included link in my article to yours. Best wishes
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