Immigration Canada: You wrongfully deported us to torture in Libya. Don't charge my family for the cost of our deportation!
  • Petitioned Hon. Chris Alexander, Minister of Immigration,

This petition was delivered to:

Hon. Chris Alexander, Minister of Immigration,

Immigration Canada: You wrongfully deported us to torture in Libya. Don't charge my family for the cost of our deportation!

    1. Petition by

      Adel Benhmuda

      San Paul's Bay, Malta

November 2013


Our family finally has justice. The removal fees have been waived! It's hard to find the words to express how happy and relieved we are to finally be coming home to Canada. We are looking forward to starting our lives, going back to work and sending our children back to school. Thank you first to Immigration Minister Alexander for understanding and reviewing our case, to the NDP who stood up for us in Parliament, to our Canadian friends who never gave up on us for the past 5 years and to the thousands of you who signed and wrote letters and stood beside me and my family until we could come home.

In 2008, my family was wrongfully deported to Libya by the Canadian Government. There was ample proof that because of my brother's political affiliations we could be subject to torture, but Immigration Canada did not listen. Sure enough, when our deportation flight landed in Libya the passports of my wife and 4 children were seized and I was thrown in prison and tortured for months.

For four years we applied to come home to Canada and were denied again and again despite the fact that I had been tortured. Our friends didn't give up and continued campaigning for our return, even the UN High Commissioner for Refugees intervened on our behalf. Earlier this year we were overjoyed to learn that the Canadian Government would allow us to come back and would grant us permanent residence. But it's 10 months later and we're still waiting to return.

This week we were couldn't believe it to hear that the Immigration Canada is now demanding that we pay them back for the cost of the flights in 2008 to Libya, the flights that deported us and sent me to my torturers.

After all they've put us through, they are demanding that we re-pay them $6800.00, and if we don’t we cannot return. 

Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander has the authority to waive the $6800.00 fee if it is believed the fee would cause an injustice, and I believe this is a clear injustice.

It took us four years of campaigning from our family and friends, including a 15,700 signature petition on to simply get the Canadian Government to allow us to return after our deportation.

Please support us by signing our new petition and ask Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to waive the $6800.00 fee so that we can finally come home and start re-building our lives. 


More on our story:

We came to Canada in 2000 as refugees escaping Libya. My brother was involved with anti-Gaddafi rebels and I had been beaten and interrogated by police repeatedly about his whereabouts. My wife and fled with their two small children to the safety of Canada to start a new life. Canada is all my children know. Adam and Omar, my two youngest sons, were born in Canada during the 8 years before our deportation.

In 2008, our refugee claim was denied when the Canadian immigration officer decided that I was not in danger, despite the fact that there was a clear risk of my being tortured. We were deported back into the hands of the Libyan Security Service, who promptly detained and tortured me. We were finally able to escape after many struggles and ended up in Malta where we claimed asylum and ended up living in a shipping container in a refugee camp.

It took years for the Canadian Government to give us permission to come back. Our application was denied many times despite the fact that I had been tortured. It was so bad that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees formally asked Canada to accept us back, yet we were denied again.  Late last year, a Federal Court Judge ruled that our case was handled in a prejudicial and biased manner. That ruling and the public pressure my friends helped generate finally led to Immigration Canada saying we could return and would be granted permanent residency.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Brigitte Groulx GRANBY, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      why your wife is not on the picture??

      why your wife is not on this picture?

    • andrew ranjan MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      I am a Canadian born citizen and this is despicable that Canada would tolerate this our government starting too look a lot like the inbred American government

    • Alex Folland TORONTO, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      This is horrible. Nobody on Earth deserves treatment like this.

      • 12 months ago

      Canada is still a peacekeeping nation. Keep the peace. Love your neighbour as yourself.

    • Jonathon Cameron KITCHENER, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      Because I feel that the Canadian government has forgotten it's people and is heading down a dark path, bringing us more in line with the United States.


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