Thursday, October 20, 2011

"J'Accuse": Toronto Fundraiser for Hassan Diab

Date: Saturday October 29, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Place: Beit Zatoun House, 612 Markham Street, Toronto, Canada

An evening of powerful dramatic readings from Hassan Diab, Emile Zola, and others who have broken the silence and spoken out about the injustices they face.

In 1894 Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French soldier, was charged with treason. The accusation, based on fraudulent handwriting analysis, unleashed waves of anti-Semitism. Eminent French writer Emile Zola wrote J’Accuse to expose “the spectre of the innocent man who, far away, is suffering the most atrocious of tortures for a crime he did not commit -- It is a crime to exploit patriotism for works of hate.”

Right now, exactly repeating the past, France rests its case against Hassan Diab on the basis of fraudulent handwriting analysis. In this climate of Islamophobia, France has asked the Canadian government to comply and to extradite Hassan Diab to France where he faces an unfair trial that could land him in jail for life. Hassan remains under house arrest in Canada.

• Doors open at 6:45 PM
• Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) and Zatoun olive oil and za'atar dipping
• Donation (suggested $10)

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Phone: (647) 726-9500

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Public Lecture: Extradition Law on Trial

Join a discussion of legal, factual and political questions in the case against Hassan Diab, a former Carleton and University of Ottawa professor. Find out:
  • Why exonerating evidence was not allowed in court
  • How Canada’s extradition law is fundamentally unfair
  • Why a fair trial in France is unlikely
Date: Wednesday October 19, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Dunton Tower, Room 2203, Carleton University, Ottawa

  • Donald Bayne, Partner at the law firm Bayne Sellar Boxall
  • Nathalie Des Rosiers, General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • Bill Skidmore, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (Human Rights) at Carleton University
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