Remove Abousfian Name from UN’s 1267 list

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CAIR CAN News Release

ABOUSFIAN Abdelrazk, as many of you know, spent close to six years in virtual exile in Sudan after his numerous attempts to return to Canada were irepeatedly stymied by the federal government. During his time outside of the country he was detained and tortured on different occasions with, what appears to be, the complicity of Canadian security and intelligence agencies. After the federal government was forced to repatriate him following a federal court justice order Abousfian has been living in Canada ostensibly free but still imprisoned by the strict conditions imposed upon him by virtue of his being on a United Nations watch list known as the 1267 regime.

Although Abousfian has since been cleared of any links to terrorism by both the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) he remains on this blacklist which effectively prevents him from being employed, travelling, or collecting benefits for his children. As the article in the Montreal Gazette this week states, a delegation recently travelled to New York to try to meet with representatives of the UN’s sanctions committee that has kept him on this list. They presented a letter of support signed by 91 human rights and civil society organizations only to be told to be patient, to “Trust in the delisting process”, and to be given glib assurances that reforms for the 1267 list were in the works. It is difficult, however, to place trust in such a process where there is no transparency and where one cannot challenge or see the evidence tabled against you in support of your inclusion on the list.

For the last decade now the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) has continued to advocate on behalf of Canadian Muslims who are discriminated against or who have their civil liberties and human rights violated. This, sadly, continues to happen on a regular basis with people facing challenges at work, home, and in their public and private lives.

We urge you to visit the Project Fly Home website and to take time to learn about Abousfian’s case and to write to your Member of Parliament (as always being FIRM but POLITE and cc’ing CAIR-CAN on your correspondence at info AT caircan DOT ca) and ask them what, if anything, are they doing to ensure that Abousfian is removed from the UN’s 1267 list.

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