Coalition for Justice and Human Rights

4,204 supporters

The Coalition for Justice and Human Rights is an association of professionals and community members committed to human rights. The Coalition was built in an effort to respond to the increasing number of complaints on human rights issues that were arising in the community and to create a network of individuals with the capacity to support and respond.

Started 4 petitions

Petitioning Dr. Theresa Tam, Bill Blair, Anne Kelly, Dr. Horacio Arruda, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Dr. Robert Strang, Dr. Heather Morrison, Dr. Jennifer Wylie-Russell, Dr. David Williams, Dr. Brent Roussin, Dr. S...

A Call to Pay Attention to Prisons during COVID19

Dear Dr. Tam; On the 15th of March 2020, the World Health Organization released standards and guidelines for Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention Interim guidance. This document points out: “People deprived of their liberty, such as people in prisons and other places of detention, are likely to be more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak than the general population because of the confined conditions in which they live together for prolonged periods of time. Moreover, experience shows that prisons, jails and similar settings where people are gathered in close proximity may act as a source of infection, amplification and spread of infectious diseases within and beyond prisons. Prison health is therefore widely considered as public health. The response to COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention is particularly challenging, requiring a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach.” The WHO further reports that “the global effort to tackle the spread of disease may fail without proper attention to infection control measures within prisons.” The United Nations (1990) Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners set out that "prisoners shall have access to the health services available in the country without discrimination on the grounds of their legal situation" (Principle 9, A/RES/45/111). We are writing as a collective of concerned individuals and organizations who are calling for immediate and concentrated efforts to respond to COVID19 within prisons across the country.   As people working within community, we believe further action needs to be taken to ensure the rights of prisoners and those employed within these institutions are taken into account. Federally, our current numbers in prisons for inmates, according to Correctional Services Canada, is at 294 cases, not including staff infection rates. The total number of prisoners, based on 2018-2019 figures, under the care of Correctional Services Canada is 23,269 with 13,996 of these in custody and 9,273 in community in 43 institutions and 14 community correctional centres. As of May 5, there have been two COVID related deaths in the federal prisons. These figures do not include provincial institutions and prisoners. Recognizing that people in prisons and other places of detention are not only likely to be more vulnerable to infection with COVID-19, they are also especially vulnerable to human rights violations, Also, bearing in mind that those who work and serve within these institutions are at particular risk of contracting and circulating the virus in the community, In order to ensure that the length of this pandemic is not extended by our lack of response in prisons and in line with calls from the WHO,  We as a collective are calling for: An immediate recognition of prison health as a public health concern;Immediate mobilization of health services in prisons which involves direct collaboration between justice and health systems and community partners at provincial levels.  A suspension of jurisdictional barriers to serving this vulnerable community;Non-discrimination in the response to the pandemic; Priority to non-custodial measures at all stages of the criminal justice system, taking into account personal circumstances, including health vulnerability;  Priority be given for the release of non-violent prisoners and early discharge for those nearing the end of their terms with plans for support once in community; Public oversight and monitoring measures including release of numbers and statistics on a daily basis providing media access; and, The human rights of those in custody are respected, that people are not cut off from the outside world, and have access to information, adequate healthcare provision and free connection to family and community supports. We respectfully ask for your mobilization on this critical issue and offer our assistance and support as we respond collectively to this crisis. Respectfully signed,

Coalition for Justice and Human Rights
55 supporters
Petitioning Ahmed Hussen

Criminal Record Discrimination: Time for a Review and Reconsideration

  We write to request that the Government of Canada support Canadian sponsorship of Mr. Abdi Mohamed which was scheduled for Sunday, January 13 2019. Abdi Mohamed is married and the father of two Canadian children in Edmonton, Alberta. His wife is currently expecting their third child. Abdi Mohamed’s wife has lived in Canada for 20 years. They have only finally been able to reunite together as a family in Canada in March 2017. The family has submitted a sponsorship application in November 2018 however he has been rejected due to a minor criminal charge 17 years ago of which he served no jail time. To enforce a deportation order will have negative consequences on the safety and well-being of his wife and children. One of his children lives with a disability and the wife is currently having complications with her pregnancy. The stress of the potential loss of her husband is not helping this situation. He is the main income earner for the household. According to international law under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Canada is signatory, “in all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” We request that on compassionate and moral grounds the Government of Canada please cancel the deportation order for Mr. Mahamed and review this discriminatory policy. The discrimination of people with a criminal record needs to be looked at in Canada. What was a minor charge 17 years ago by a family member and with no other record since, Abdi Mohamed deserves the opportunity to not only stay with his wife and family, but be free of criminalization. He is a contributing member to our community and he works hard to support his family and provide security and well-being for his children. He is not a threat to our community. This deportation will have subsequent impacts on our social systems when his children and wife’s well-being and security are compromised. This is not in the best interest of the government’s resources, of the family, nor of the children. We request that the Government of Canada please reconsider the deportation order for Abdi Mohamed. Given the best interest of his children, he deserves the rights towards naturalization.   Thank you for taking the time to hear our concerns. We trust that the Government of Canada will support this family staying together.  

Coalition for Justice and Human Rights
3 supporters
Petitioning Scott Moe, Kent Campbell, Don Morgan, Paul Merriman, Warren Kaeding, Ken Cheveldayoff

Support of Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children

It is with urgency that we, as concerned citizens of Turtle Island, aka Canada, write to you expressing our full support for and solidarity with Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children. Since the Camp was established on February 28, Camp members have been calling for systemic changes to the province’s child welfare and justice systems—changes that would ultimately lead to some “justice for our stolen children.” ➢      THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM Many people in Saskatchewan are rightly outraged by Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their families. But where is our outrage at Saskatchewan’s own child-family separation policy.  ●    80% of the children in state care in Saskatchewan are Indigenous. Only 30% of Saskatchewan’s child population is Indigenous. ●    Today, there are more Indigenous children in state care in Saskatchewan than at the height of the residential school system. ➢      THE JUSTICE SYSTEM Statistics Canada data released last month show Indigenous youth make up a similarly disproportionate percentage of incarcerated youth in Saskatchewan: 92% for boys and 98% for girls. Saskatchewan has the highest rate of Indigenous youth incarceration in the country.  As Camp members have pointed out, these figures are a direct result of the systemic racism that exists in the province’s social services and justice systems. We were pleased when, on July 2, representatives of the provincial government met with Camp members to discuss these urgent matters. We are, however, dismayed that Minister of Justice Don Morgan is now saying that the tipis must be taken down before he will agree to another meeting with the Camp. Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children is a peaceful camp. Moreover, it is performing an extremely valuable service to our city and our province: educating us about the past and present injustices that define the relationship between settler Canadians and Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan.  The undersigned therefore call upon the Government of Saskatchewan to “show some good faith”: 1.   To extend a warm welcome to Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children, rather than attempting to drive the Camp from the Legislative grounds. 2.   To thank Camp members for the educational service they are providing, free of charge, to the people of Saskatchewan. 3.   To be willing to hold regular meetings with Camp members. 4.    To take advantage of the educational opportunity provided by the camp and to open their minds and hearts to the lessons offered. 5.   To begin to work in earnest to make the systemic changes called for by Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Yours sincerely,

Coalition for Justice and Human Rights
3,035 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen MP, Justin Trudeau

Stop Deportation of Father of Four: Yussuf Madey Mahamed

Father of Four faces deportation Dear Honourable Minister Hussen, It is with urgency that we, as a coalition of concerned Canadians, write to request the immediate hold on a deportation order for Mr. Yussuf Madey Mahamed which is scheduled for Monday, June 4 2018.  Mr. Mahamed is married and the father of four Canadian children in Edmonton, Alberta. He is the main income earner for the household. To enforce a deportation order will have dire consequences on the safety and well-being of his wife and children. According to international law under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Canada is signatory, “in all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration. Mr. Mahamed is a contributing member to our community. He works hard to support his family and provide security and well-being for his children. He is convicted of no criminal offences. There is no reason for his deportation out of Canada. The impact that this deportation on our social welfare systems when his children and wife’s well-being and security are compromised is greater than waiting to allow his sponsorship application to be complete. This is not in the best interest of the government’s resources, of the family, nor of the children. We request that on compassionate and moral grounds the Government of Canada please halt the deportation order for Mr. Mahamed. Convention and protocol around international law relating to refugees stresses “ensuring that the unity of the refugee’s family is maintained particularly in cases where the head of the family has fulfilled the necessary conditions for admission to a particular country”. We believe that Mr. Mahamed has met these obligations. Our own Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, under Article 28, demands a residency obligation of five years.  Mr. Mahamed arrived in Canada in 2013 and has been in Canada for five years.  Given this length of time living in Canada, let alone the best interest of his children, he deserves the rights towards naturalization.   According to the CIC website, application processing times for the spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada submitted before December 7, 2016 is twenty six months. Twenty six months from February 23, 2016 is April 23, 2018. Accordingly, the processing of this sponsorship application is close to complete.   Extending the time to complete Mr. Mahamed’s application is the right thing to do. Thank you for taking the time to hear our concerns. We trust that the Government of Canada will support this family staying together. Regards,

Coalition for Justice and Human Rights
1,111 supporters