Now for my blog...
And I thought Sudan was an annoyingly bureaucratic country. Here's an excerpt from my chapter after a week in the country.
His stern expression seemed to convey a sense of urgency, and since I always saw him when dealing with paperwork, for me, he illustrated the urgency of Sudanese bureaucracy. A permit to travel, a permit to stay in
Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Sudanese-Canadian citizen, has been in Sudan since 2003. He's unable to return home to Montreal where he has his children because his name's been put on a US security threat blacklist.
He travelled to Sudan in 2003 to visit his ailing mother. He was subsequently arrested, tortured, released, interrogated by US and Canadian security agencies, and after all that, has sought refuge in the Canadian embassy for the past 11 months. He's afraid to go out onto the streets of Khartoum because he fears arrest and further torture, imprisonment, or even death.
One thing confuses me though Mr Harper. He's on a no fly list, but flew out of Canada. How does that work exactly?
If he is guilty of something, pursue a criminal investigation and CHARGE him. Don't just tread all over his rights.
The RCMP and CSIS both exonerated him of any criminal activity. The Harper government hasn't.
It's a disgrace on par with the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II and it shows a scary anti-Muslim sentiment on part of Canada's top leadership.
That might bode well with some voters. But let's seriously think of the repurcussions of this. It brews resentment and stokes the fires of people who might actually be violent extremists living inside Canada. Is that a good thing?
If we are violating the rights of someone who has not had due process, it jeopardises the legitimacy of the Canadian justice system. It casts a shadow upon all terrorist investigations because of the cruel, unfair, and seemingly arbitrary decisions made at the top level.
Bring him back, investigate him, charge him, do what you want when he gets back to Canada. Just don't leave him in indeterminate limbo, not to mention promising one thing and doing another.