Free the Secret Trial Five

Friday, December 10, 2004, 11:30 am

(International Human Rights Day)

Meet at Union Station in Toronto(near the big clock), then walk to CSIS along with Santa Claus and the Families of Canada's "Disappeared", 5 Muslim men who have been held without charge or bail on secret evidence neither they nor their lawyers are allowed to see a collective 174 months in Canadian prisons


Join us to say:

1. Free the Five (Mohammad Mahjoub, Mahmoud Jaballah, Hassan Almrei, Mohamed Harkat, and Adil Charkaoui). They have repeatedly said: "if you have something against us, charge us, show the evidence, and we will be happy to reply; otherwise, we should be let go."

2. Stop efforts to deport them.

3. The federal government must end secret trial security certificates.

2. Stop the RCMP/CSIS/Immigration harassment of Muslims and members of Canada's Arabic, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.

(Party of a National Day of Action to Stop Secret Trials). For more information: Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, (416) 651-5800,,


"Such an evil system, totally indefensible by normally acceptable methods, relies on a whole phalanx of draconian laws such as the security legislation which is almost peculiar to South Africa. These are the laws which permit the indefinite detention of persons whom the Minister of Law and Order has decided are a threat to the security of the state. They are detained at his pleasure, in solitary confinement. That is severe punishment when the evidence apparently available to the minister has not been tested in an open court - perhaps it could stand up to such rigorous scrutiny, perhaps not; we are never to know. It is a far too convenient device for a repressive regime."-- Desmond Tutu, on secret trials in South Africa (very much like those in Canada), from 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture