Solidarity with security certificate detainees


December 10
Spring Garden Public Library Info Picket 


Pan-Canadian day in solidarity with security certificate detainees Mohammad Mahjoub, Mahmoud Jaballah, and Mohamed Harkat AND all those locked up in immigration detention!

Actions organized in: Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.


December 10th marks the tenth anniversary of Mohamed Harkat’s arrest under a security certificate. Mahjoub will be in court in Toronto for a detention review, once again calling on the judge to free him from over twelve years of arbitrary, indefinite detention. The date also falls just five days before the expected implementation of Bill C-31, which will allow for the automatic detention of groups refugees entering Canada. Above all, it is International Human Rights Day.

On this day, actions of solidarity will be happening from coast-to-coast.



For over a decade now, Mohammad Mahjoub, Mohamed Harkat and Mahmoud Jaballah have lived in arbitrary and inhumane detention as a result of security certificates. Mahjoub was imprisoned for 8 years (including 2.5 years in solitary) and over 4.5 years under continuing house arrest and conditions; Harkat was imprisoned for 3.5 years (including 1 year in solitary) and 6.5 years under house arrest and conditions; Jaballah was imprisoned for over six years prison (including 1.5 years in solitary) and 5.5 years under continuing house arrest and conditions… yet, none of them has ever been charged.

Mahjoub , Harkat and Jaballah are three of the thousands of migrants in Canada who are detained because of their immigration status. Since the Harper government came in to power in 2006, over 72,000 people have been locked up in immigration detention. This includes families and children as well as those jailed in maximum security prisons without access to service or programs. With the full implementation of Bill C-31 in December, and with Bill C-43 looming in Parliament, increasing numbers of migrants will find themselves behind bars.

Please also take a moment to sign the statement against security certificates at


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