Target: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Goal: Do not deport Algerian refugee that could very likely suffer from torture or mistreatment by the Algerian government if returned to Algeria.
Thirteen years ago, an Algerian refugee and former pizza delivery man, Mohamed Harkat, was reportedly taken into custody by Canada’s federal government due to suspicions of him being an al-Qaida sleeper agent. Harkat denies this completely. Now, he’s facing possible deportation from Canada, where he currently resides, for nothing more than a suspicion.
According to Amnesty International, the Algerian courts allegedly accept confessions brought out through torture and the security forces allegedly torture detainees that have immunity from punishment. Amnesty International also stated that, if deported, Harkat will be at serious risk of being placed in “incommunicado detention,” which is a cruel and unusual punishment that would deny him access to legal counsel, an independent doctor, and his family.
Demand that the Prime Minister stop trying to deport this man who’s not been found guilty of any crime.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
It has come to our attention that Canada has been trying to deport a man – on nothing more than a suspicion that he was a sleeper agent for al-Qaida – back to Algeria, a country with an alleged poor human rights record. It’s been reported that Algeria has a history of torturing and mistreating detainees and even using torture methods to get false confessions.
If you choose to deport this man, you could essentially be sending him into the hands of people who intend to harm him. They cannot be trusted to not mistreat him, so we urge you to do the right thing and stop trying to deport him.
[Your Name Here]
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