Saturday, April 11, 2009

Abdelrazik: The NDP stands up

Reader "Navvy" recently conveyed his concern
to the leader of the NDP about the Conservative government's abominable treatment of Abousfian Abdelrazik . He received this response from Jack Layton:

Thank you for writing in support of Mr. Abdelrazik and his return to Canada I share your concern to have this matter successfully resolved—immediately.

A new development to this situation is underway. On April 2nd, New Democrat Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar was successful in having his motion passed at the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee that summons Abousfian Abdelrazik to appear as a Committee witness. Now, we want the Harper government to do the right thing and bring Mr. Abdelrazik home.

We have consistently called upon the Harper government to live up to its international obligations and immediately repatriate Abousfian Abdelrazik. "It’s time to end six years of misery for this Canadian citizen and bring him home," said Mr. Dewar. “The only obstacle standing between Mr. Abdelrazik and his flight home to Canada is this Conservative government.”

For more information on our position, please visit:

Again, I appreciate knowing of your interest to help Mr. Abdelrazik. I invite you to visit our website at to learn more about the work being done by our team of New Democrats. All the best.


Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada’s New Democrats

Meanwhile, blogger Darryl Raymaker reminds us that Abdelrazik is not the only victim of the government's brutal assault on his Charter rights.

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