Saturday, April 28, 2012

Prof’s treatment appalling

Letter to the Editor
The Toronto Star, April 21, 2012

Re: Ottawa prof ordered to face French bomb counts, April 6

The impending extradition to France of Dr. Hassan Diab is further evidence of our government’s willingness to have Canadian citizens played as pawns in the machinations of the global “war on terror.”

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has upheld Diab’s extradition order despite serious concerns about due process. Diab has not been charged, some of the evidence against him may have been obtained by torture, and the evidence presented against him has been judged faulty by Canadian courts.

Unless we treat Dr. Diab’s extradition as an attack on the rights of all Canadians, we implicitly accept a double standard, whereby a citizen’s name, colour, faith or country of origin become liabilities as our government weighs the protection of individual rights against considerations of political expediency.

Dr. Alex Latta and Dr. Ali Zaidi, Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

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