From Sikh Activist Network
As immigration enforcement increases its targeting of Laibar Singh and
Abdel-Kader Belaouni, people across Canada are demonstrating in the
thousands to demand justice for non-status people living in sanctuary, and
to demand status for all!
After being denied refugee status by Canada's extremely flawed refugee
determination system, Laibar Singh, a paralyzed Punjabi refugee claimant,
and Abdel-Kader Belaouni, a blind Algerian refugee claimant, were both
slapped with deportation orders. Both men made the courageous and
difficult decision to not comply with their deportations, instead seeking
sanctuary from supportive communities, Laibar in the Abbotsford Sahib
Kalgidhar Darbar Gurudwara, and Kader in Montreal's St. Gabriel's church.
Despite massive public support and pressure on the government to grant
both men Permanent Residency, both have been repeatedly denied. Instead,
Immigration Canada has gone as far as arresting Laibar while he was
receiving treatment in a hospital, and forcing Kader to stay in sanctuary
for over 2 years!
On Saturday, January 26th join us at a community rally and as we will be going to the offices of Immigration Canada to demand an end to the targeting of these men, to demand respect for sanctuary, and to call on Immigration Canada to grant Laibar and Kader permanent residency on Humanitarian & Compassionate grounds.
(Note: Somebody please, get this brother a kara.)
For more info:
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INFORMATION FOR DOWNTOWN TORONTO AND GTA RALLIES
GTA - BRAMPTON, MISSISSAUGA, REXDALE, ETC
Community Rally At Greater Toronto Enforcement Centre (GTEC)
Saturday, January 26 – Meet at 10am – The rally will start at 10:30am
6900 Airport Road, GTEC (International Centre)
Date & time:
Sat, 01/26/2008 - 9:30am
Meet at OISE - 252 Bloor St W - St. George subway station
Part of the National Days of Action in Support of Laibar Singh
Rally and Demonstration at the Toronto Immigration Offices
Saturday, Jan. 26th Meet at OISE - 252 Bloor St W - St. George subway station) **9:30am** (Buses will take us to the offices)
Will join GTA Rally @ 10:30
Some see things as they are and ask, Why?
I dream things that never were and ask, Why not?