[Hpn] WAYS TO SUPPORT THE HUNGER STRIKE

William CharlesTinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Sat, 8 Jan 2005 13:35:13 -0500


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Thanks K for No One Is Illegal's link http://noii-van.resist.ca which =
I've livlied up and pass around that others from afar may keep abreast =
of the HUNGER STRIKE TO HALT THE DEPORTATION OF ALI REZA MOZEMI.

In solidarity,
Jack
http://dignityvillage.org=20

"k." <kara@resist.ca> wrote:


  -------- Original Message --------
  Subject:WAYS TO SUPPORT THE HUNGER STRIKE
  Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2005 00:23:12 -0800 (PST)
  From: No One is Illegal-Vancouver=20

  * please post widely *

  * see noii-van.resist.ca for frequent updates*


  HUNGER STRIKE CONTINUING IN FRONT OF IMMIGRATION CANADA OFFICES
  Friday Jan 7 midnight

  Members of Iranian Federation of Refugees, friends and families of
  refugees facing deportation, and supporters from No One is Illegal =
have
  been maintaining a hunger strike outside CIC offices (300 West =
Georgia)
  since noon on Friday.

  Overnight, approximately 20 refugees, family members (including =
elderly
  parents), and supporters will be remaining outside CIC offices in =
subzero
  temparatures with minimal tents and blankets.

  Ali Reza Mozemi was called into CIC offices today at 9 am, only to =
receive
  a deportation order for Tuesday Jan 11. When Ali attempted to request =
for
  more time from his enforcement officer, he was swiftly handcuffed and
  detained by officials, without even a goodbye from his family, who are =
all
  Canadian citizens and who may never see him before his deportation to
  Iran.

  The hunger strike follows a campaign against increasing numbers of
  deportations to Iran that has a well-documented record of human rights
  violations, particularly against political dissidents. Immigration =
Canada
  in the past has claimed that they have no evidence of any danger upon
  anyone who was deported from Canada, but the recent highly-publicized =
case
  of Haleh Sahba (deported from Vancouver exactly one month ago on Dec =
7)
  has proven otherwise.

  It is time to take a stand against Immigration Canada=E2?Ts racist =
treatment of
  immigrants and refugees and to show tangible support for those =
resisting.


  WAYS TO SUPPORT:

  =3D=3D> Endorse the public statement and demands set forth by the =
Iranian
  Federation of Refugees and Coalition to Defend Iranian Refugees from
  Deportation (see the public statement below). Please email or call =
with
  your crucial endorsements at the contacts below.

  =3D=3D> Come support the hunger strike during the weekend

  =3D=3D> Blankets, tents, financial donations, coffee, photocopying =
resources,
  calling cards, material to read (esp. newspapers.

  =3D=3D> Ali's detention review is on Monday. A rally to support his =
family
  will be held @ noon on Monday Jan 10 at 300 West Georgia CIC offices.

  Call 778-552-2099 or 778-885-0040 for more information
  The website noii-van.resist.ca will be updated frequently.

  In struggle.
  No One is Illegal Vancouver
  noii-van@resist.ca
  noii-van.resist.ca

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  PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE HUNGER STRIKE

  STOP UNJUST DEPORTATIONS TO IRAN

  Mr Ali Reza Monemi received a deportation order on January 7, 2005 =
back to
  Iran on Tuesday January 11. He pleaded with Immigration officials to
  receive more time to arrange his affairs before his deportation but =
his
  request was refused and he was promptly detained. Mr. Ali, like many =
other
  Iranian refugees, is facing deportation to a country despite grave =
danger
  to his life. According to medical reports, Mr Monemi has already =
suffered
  sixty lashes at the hand of the Morality Police and he has been =
sentenced
  to 85 more lashings, imprisonment and excommunication within Iran. He =
also
  faces the possibility of death for fleeing the country in 1999 before =
his
  punishment could be carried out and for making a refugee claim in =
Canada.

  Immigration Canada in the past has claimed that they have no evidence =
of
  any danger inflicted upon anyone who was deported to Iran, but the =
recent
  highly-publicized case of Haleh Sahba (a womens rights activist =
deported
  from Vancouver exactly one month ago on Dec 7) has proven otherwise. =
It
  has been widely reported that Haleh was detained for 26 hours. Like =
Haleh
  Sahba, Ali is being sent back to Iran without adequate travel =
documents.

  On November 5, 2004 Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew =
announced
  that Canada tabled a resolution at the 59th session of the UN General
  Assembly, on the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran and the
  Canadian government maintains a travel advisory to Iran for Canadians.
  Meanwhile, Immigration Canada is sending Iranians back to serious =
danger

  With new immigration and security laws introduced after 9-11, the
  regressive nature of Canada's immigrant and security laws have =
increased.
  New laws and policy changes are transforming Canada and the US into
  Fortress North America. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act has
  made it more difficult to obtain status in Canada -- whether as an
  immigrant or refugee -- while making detentions and deportations =
easier.
  The"safe third country" agreement, implemented on December 29, 2004, =
will
  allow the immediate removal of any refugee claimant who enters Canada =
via
  the United States. This accounts for up to 40% of all refugee =
claimants.
  The Anti-Terrorism Act provides unprecedented powers to police and
  government officials, including detention without trial and secret
  evidence. Instead of providing a fair hearing to refugee claimants, =
the
  IRB acts as a confrontational tribunal, populated by judges notorious =
and
  even charged for their incompetence, political partisanship, and in =
many
  cases, corruption.

  Moreover, the new refugee determination system has no appeal process =
for a
  rejected claim, although Minister Coderre promised that the Refugee =
Appeal
  Division would be implemented in Canada by June 2003. Meanwhile, all =
the
  other avenues such as the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment process are =
deeply
  flawed, as statistically over 95% of refugees are unable to obtain a
  positive PRRA decision and refugees are allowed to be deported while =
still
  waiting for a decision on a pending Humanitarian and Compassionate =
claim.

  WE DEMAND THAT:

  1) Canada implement the Refugee Appeal Division as promised; and
  accordingly, re-open all previously refused cases, including for those
  underground with no legal status, and allow them a fair and full
  merit-based appeal.
  2) Canada implements a moratorium on deportations to Iran, as =
consistent
  with Canada=E2?Ts own foreign policy that recognizes Iran as an unsafe
  country.
  3) The release of refugees being detained.

  Iranian Federation of Refugees
  Coalition to Defend Iranian Refugees from Deportation
  No One is Illegal-Vancouver


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<DIV>Thanks K for No One Is Illegal's link&nbsp;<A=20
href=3D"http://noii-van.resist.ca">http://noii-van.resist.ca</A> which =
I've=20
livlied up and pass around that others from afar may keep abreast of the =
HUNGER=20
STRIKE TO HALT THE DEPORTATION OF ALI REZA MOZEMI.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>In solidarity,</DIV>
<DIV>Jack</DIV>
<DIV><A=20
href=3D"http://dignityvillage.org">http://dignityvillage.org</A>&nbsp;<BR=
><BR><B><I>"k."=20
&lt;<A href=3D"mailto:kara@resist.ca">kara@resist.ca</A>&gt;</I></B> =
wrote:</DIV>
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style=3D"PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #1010ff 2px =
solid"><BR><BR>--------=20
  Original Message --------<BR>Subject:WAYS TO SUPPORT THE HUNGER=20
  STRIKE<BR>Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2005 00:23:12 -0800 (PST)<BR>From: No One =
is=20
  Illegal-Vancouver <NOII-VAN@RESIST.CA><BR><BR>* please post widely =
*<BR><BR>*=20
  see noii-van.resist.ca for frequent updates*<BR><BR><BR>HUNGER STRIKE=20
  CONTINUING IN FRONT OF IMMIGRATION CANADA OFFICES<BR>Friday Jan 7=20
  midnight<BR><BR>Members of Iranian Federation of Refugees, friends and =

  families of<BR>refugees facing deportation, and supporters from No One =
is=20
  Illegal have<BR>been maintaining a hunger strike outside CIC offices =
(300 West=20
  Georgia)<BR>since noon on Friday.<BR><BR>Overnight, approximately 20 =
refugees,=20
  family members (including elderly<BR>parents), and supporters will be=20
  remaining outside CIC offices in subzero<BR>temparatures with minimal =
tents=20
  and blankets.<BR><BR>Ali Reza Mozemi was called into CIC offices today =
at 9=20
  am, only to receive<BR>a deportation order for Tuesday Jan 11. When =
Ali=20
  attempted to request for<BR>more time from his enforcement officer, he =
was=20
  swiftly handcuffed and<BR>detained by officials, without even a =
goodbye from=20
  his family, who are all<BR>Canadian citizens and who may never see him =
before=20
  his deportation to<BR>Iran.<BR><BR>The hunger strike follows a =
campaign=20
  against increasing numbers of<BR>deportations to Iran that has a=20
  well-documented record of human rights<BR>violations, particularly =
against=20
  political dissidents. Immigration Canada<BR>in the past has claimed =
that they=20
  have no evidence of any danger upon<BR>anyone who was deported from =
Canada,=20
  but the recent highly-publicized case<BR>of Haleh Sahba (deported from =

  Vancouver exactly one month ago on Dec 7)<BR>has proven =
otherwise.<BR><BR>It=20
  is time to take a stand against Immigration Canada=E2=80=99s racist =
treatment=20
  of<BR>immigrants and refugees and to show tangible support for those=20
  resisting.<BR><BR><BR>WAYS TO SUPPORT:<BR><BR>=3D=3D&gt; Endorse the =
public=20
  statement and demands set forth by the Iranian<BR>Federation of =
Refugees and=20
  Coalition to Defend Iranian Refugees from<BR>Deportation (see the =
public=20
  statement below). Please email or call with<BR>your crucial =
endorsements at=20
  the contacts below.<BR><BR>=3D=3D&gt; Come support the hunger strike =
during the=20
  weekend<BR><BR>=3D=3D&gt; Blankets, tents, financial donations, =
coffee,=20
  photocopying resources,<BR>calling cards, material to read (esp.=20
  newspapers.<BR><BR>=3D=3D&gt; Ali's detention review is on Monday. A =
rally to=20
  support his family<BR>will be held @ noon on Monday Jan 10 at 300 West =
Georgia=20
  CIC offices.<BR><BR>Call 778-552-2099 or 778-885-0040 for more=20
  information<BR>The website noii-van.resist.ca will be updated=20
  frequently.<BR><BR>In struggle.<BR>No One is Illegal=20
  =
Vancouver<BR>noii-van@resist.ca<BR>noii-van.resist.ca<BR><BR>=3D=3D=3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D<=
BR><BR>PUBLIC=20
  STATEMENT ON THE HUNGER STRIKE<BR><BR>STOP UNJUST DEPORTATIONS TO=20
  IRAN<BR><BR>Mr Ali Reza Monemi received a deportation order on January =
7, 2005=20
  back to<BR>Iran on Tuesday January 11. He pleaded with Immigration =
officials=20
  to<BR>receive more time to arrange his affairs before his deportation =
but=20
  his<BR>request was refused and he was promptly detained. Mr. Ali, like =
many=20
  other<BR>Iranian refugees, is facing deportation to a country despite =
grave=20
  danger<BR>to his life. According to medical reports, Mr Monemi has =
already=20
  suffered<BR>sixty lashes at the hand of the Morality Police and he has =
been=20
  sentenced<BR>to 85 more lashings, imprisonment and excommunication =
within=20
  Iran. He also<BR>faces the possibility of death for fleeing the =
country in=20
  1999 before his<BR>punishment could be carried out and for making a =
refugee=20
  claim in Canada.<BR><BR>Immigration Canada in the past has claimed =
that they=20
  have no evidence of<BR>any danger inflicted upon anyone who was =
deported to=20
  Iran, but the recent<BR>highly-publicized case of Haleh Sahba (a =
womens rights=20
  activist deported<BR>from Vancouver exactly one month ago on Dec 7) =
has proven=20
  otherwise. It<BR>has been widely reported that Haleh was detained for =
26=20
  hours. Like Haleh<BR>Sahba, Ali is being sent back to Iran without =
adequate=20
  travel documents.<BR><BR>On November 5, 2004 Foreign Affairs Minister =
Pierre=20
  Pettigrew announced<BR>that Canada tabled a resolution at the 59th =
session of=20
  the UN General<BR>Assembly, on the deteriorating human rights =
situation in=20
  Iran and the<BR>Canadian government maintains a travel advisory to =
Iran for=20
  Canadians.<BR>Meanwhile, Immigration Canada is sending Iranians back =
to=20
  serious danger<BR><BR>With new immigration and security laws =
introduced after=20
  9-11, the<BR>regressive nature of Canada's immigrant and security laws =
have=20
  increased.<BR>New laws and policy changes are transforming Canada and =
the US=20
  into<BR>Fortress North America. The Immigration and Refugee Protection =
Act=20
  has<BR>made it more difficult to obtain status in Canada -- whether as =

  an<BR>immigrant or refugee -- while making detentions and deportations =

  easier.<BR>The"safe third country" agreement, implemented on December =
29,=20
  2004, will<BR>allow the immediate removal of any refugee claimant who =
enters=20
  Canada via<BR>the United States. This accounts for up to 40% of all =
refugee=20
  claimants.<BR>The Anti-Terrorism Act provides unprecedented powers to =
police=20
  and<BR>government officials, including detention without trial and=20
  secret<BR>evidence. Instead of providing a fair hearing to refugee =
claimants,=20
  the<BR>IRB acts as a confrontational tribunal, populated by judges =
notorious=20
  and<BR>even charged for their incompetence, political partisanship, =
and in=20
  many<BR>cases, corruption.<BR><BR>Moreover, the new refugee =
determination=20
  system has no appeal process for a<BR>rejected claim, although =
Minister=20
  Coderre promised that the Refugee Appeal<BR>Division would be =
implemented in=20
  Canada by June 2003. Meanwhile, all the<BR>other avenues such as the=20
  Pre-Removal Risk Assessment process are deeply<BR>flawed, as =
statistically=20
  over 95% of refugees are unable to obtain a<BR>positive PRRA decision =
and=20
  refugees are allowed to be deported while still<BR>waiting for a =
decision on a=20
  pending Humanitarian and Compassionate claim.<BR><BR>WE DEMAND =
THAT:<BR><BR>1)=20
  Canada implement the Refugee Appeal Division as promised; =
and<BR>accordingly,=20
  re-open all previously refused cases, including for =
those<BR>underground with=20
  no legal status, and allow them a fair and full<BR>merit-based =
appeal.<BR>2)=20
  Canada implements a moratorium on deportations to Iran, as =
consistent<BR>with=20
  Canada=E2=80=99s own foreign policy that recognizes Iran as an=20
  unsafe<BR>country.<BR>3) The release of refugees being=20
  detained.<BR><BR>Iranian Federation of Refugees<BR>Coalition to Defend =
Iranian=20
  Refugees from Deportation<BR>No One is=20
Illegal-Vancouver<BR><BR></BLOCKQUOTE></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></BODY></HT=
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