Bring the Benhmuda family back to Canada on humanitarian grounds.
  • Petitioned Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration

This petition was delivered to:

Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration

Bring the Benhmuda family back to Canada on humanitarian grounds.

    1. Petition by

      Ingrid Kerrigan

      Oakville, ON, Canada

January 2013


In November 2012, Ingrid Kerrigan launched a petition for her former kindergarten students and their family. The Benhmuda's had been deported from Canada to Libya in 2008. Adel Benhmuda was taken into Libyan custody and tortured for months. Their 2011 appeal to return to Canada was rejected. In 2012 a Canadian judge ruled the case had been handled with bias and that it be reviewed again. Ingrid launched her petition and had the 15, 685 signatures submitted to the immigration officer as evidence of public support. On January 18, 2013, the family learned that they would be allowed to return to Canada and would be granted permanent residence.

The Benhmuda family needs your help to come back to Canada where they belong.  In 2008, I was heartbroken to learn two of my former kindergarten students and their family were denied refugee status and deported to Libya, where their father, Adel, was immediately jailed and brutally tortured.

The Benhmuda family came to Canada in 2000 as refugees escaping Libya. Adel's brother was involved with anti-Gaddafi rebels and Adel had been beaten and interrogated by police repeatedly about his brother's whereabouts. They fled with their two small children to the safety of Canada to start a new life. In 2008, their refugee claim was denied when the Canadian immigration officer decided that Adel himself was not in danger, despite the fact that there was a warrant for his arrest in Libya. The family was deported back into the hands of the Libyan Security Service, who promptly detained and tortured Adel. The family were finally able to escape after many struggles and ended up in Malta where they claimed asylum. Since then, with the support of Canadian friends and associates like myself, we have been trying to rectify this injustice and have them come back to Canada. Canada is all the four Benhmuda children know. Adam and Omar, the two youngest sons, were born in Canada in the 8 years the family had started to rebuild their life here.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has formally asked Canada to accept the family back, and the Immigration Minister himself stood up in the House of Commons and promised that they would be given every humanitarian consideration. Yet, again their story took another harrowing turn when a Canadian Visa officer denied them again.

A Federal Court Judge has now thrown out that decision, ruling that their case was handled in a prejudicial and biased manner.

Please sign my petition to bring Adam and Omar, their two brothers and their parents back home to Canada without delay, on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and in light of the best interests of the children.

Given how we have treated this family in the past, it is the least we can do!


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. ‘Biased’ immigration officials kept Libyan torture victim from returning...

      Lauryn Drainie
      Petition Organizer
      'Biased' immigration officials kept Libyan torture victim from returning to Canada

      Canadian immigration officials showed a troubling level of bias when they prevented the return to Canada of a torture victim and his family on humanitarian grounds, the Federal Court has ruled. In a ruling released Monday, Justice Mary Gleason slammed Canadian visa officials in the Rome embassy for their "lack of objectivity."

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Monica P. HAMILTON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      These boys and their family deserve a better life. I can't imagine being sent back to the very place I was trying to flee from! They should never have been sent back in the first place..

    • Derek Aitchison KELOWNA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      children treated humanely

    • Valerie Parker AURORA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is important to me because of the apparent injustice done to this family, by all countries concerned.

    • stella sofia CANADA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      i signed this because it was important to me and cause i want people to join canada dont you want people to joinn canada too priminster harper?

    • stella sofia CANADA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is important to be because.canada is a free country come on let the twice come


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