NARCC Welcomes the Supreme Court
of Canada's decision to strike down provisions of the Anti-terrorism
Act and security provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection
February 27, 2007
(TORONTO) The National Anti-Racism Council of Canada (NARCC) welcomes
the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down as unconstitutional
the use of security certificates by the federal government to detain
without charge and to deport non citizens.
NARCC working in coalition with other non-governmental organizations
including the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), The International
Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICMLG), and the African Canadian
Legal Clinic (ACLC), was granted intervener status to the Supreme
Court of Canada in the Adil Charkoui, Mohamed Harkat and Hassan
Almrie cases against the Minister of Citizenship & Immigration,
the Solicitor General of Canada, and the Attorney General for Canada.
NARCC together with CCR, ICMLG and ACLC challenged the constitutionality
of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act and the security provisions of the
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. NARCC spoke to the implications
of the anti-terrorism act and provisions of the security certificates
on racialized communities.
"The Supreme Court has rightly confirmed that all individuals
in Canada whether citizens or not, are entitled to the protections
enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms", said Kemi
Jacobs, Chair of NARCC. "In reaching this decision, the Supreme
Court of Canada recognized that security certificates perpetuated
and exacerbated the vulnerability of non-citizens, and infringed
on their constitutionally-protected legal rights."
"The Supreme Court of Canada's ruling means that individuals
will no longer be in a status of limbo but will have the ability
to properly defend themselves and the ability to have a fair trial",
Mohamed Boudjanane, Executive Director of the Canadian Arab Federation
and Director of NARCC added.
"Racialized group members are now breathing a sigh of relief,"
Colleen Hua, Chinese Canadian National Council National President
and Director of NARCC said. "The detention and deportation
of permanent residents and non-citizens is no longer at the discretion
of government officials, there is a return to respect for human
NARCC is a not-for-profit community based organization with over
120 members and 60 associates devoted to the elimination of racism
and other forms of related discrimination in Canada.
For further information please contact: Estella Muyinda, Executive
Director, NARCC by telephone number at 416-979-3909 ext 2, or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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