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  • Petitioning Minister of Public Safety
    Free Gambian Freedom Fighter From Canadian Immigration Detention!
    Petition by Justice for Sillah Canada

    Prominent political activist and freedom fighter, Muhammed Sillah, was slated for deportation to the Gambia where he fears for his life because of his outspoken activism. Community pressure stopped his deportation on June 11th, yet today, more than a month later, he is still in detention and facing racist abuse.

    In retaliation for protests and actions in his support, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) refuses to let Muhammed Sillah rejoin his family, despite a Federal Court ruling insisting that he be able to contact a lawyer and file new applications for his stay.

    Not only has CBSA put up obstacles in front of Muhammad’s release, they and their private prison profiteers G4S use racist slurs against him, denying him basic rights and have refused to let his wife visit him.

    Since June 5th, CBSA has refused to let Mr Sillah’s wife visit him – in fact they have refused to let her on to the government property or allowed her to drop him clothes. This is entirely because of her activism to stop Mr Sillah’s removal. See details of the campaign, and videos at

    The Canada Borders Services Agency and G4S have racially targeted and abused Muhammed since his arrest. Incidents include:

    ** When Muhammed was first arrested, CBSA officer Mr. Ivory said to him: “Why don’t you have your family do black magic to stop your removal?”

    ** Muhammed had bugs in his food while in immigration detention, when he complained he was told: “What, your Mom doesn’t cook you bugs in Africa?”

    His continued detention is unjust, the attacks against him and his family are nothing but targeted harassment and part of an immigration detention system is racist and exclusionary.

    Background on immigration detention:

    Minister of Public Safety
    François Guimont, Assistant Minister of Public Safety
    Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration
    Justice for Muhammad Sillah
    Sajjad Bajtti, Chief of Detention at Toronto Immigration Holding Centre
    Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
    I am writing to demand in the strongest terms that Mr Muhammed Sillah be immediately released from immigration detention, and that his racist targeting be stopped. Bans on visits from his family members must also be immediately lifted.

    Mr Muhammed Sillah does not have a deportation date at all. He has expressed clearly that he wishes to stay in the country, and the Federal Court has ruled that he must be allowed to meet with a lawyer so that he can put in the appropriate applications.

    His continued jailing goes against the spirit of the Federal Court’s ruling. CBSA and G4S are targeting Mr Sillah and his family simply for loudly, and effectively stopping his unjust deportation. Keeping him in jail for doing so is utterly unacceptable.

    I was shocked to hear the racist slurs hurled at Mr Sillah by your officers and your private prison sub-contractors. Immediate disciplinary steps need to be taken against the officers responsible. Not only that, CBSA and G4S must undergo a thorough human rights investigation for these and other racist actions so that systematic changes can be made.

    I am urging you to instruct Minister’s counsel to stop putting roadblocks in front of Mr Sillah’s release and support Mr Sillah’s application for permanent residency in Canada.
    [Your name]

  • Petitioned Ama Beecham
    VIC TOEWS, Minister of Public Safety, Member of Parliament. STOP THE REMOVAL OF M. SILLAH -ALLOW EXEMPTION FOR PRRA
    Petition by Sarah Mallette
    Niagara Falls, Canada
    The Immigration and Refugee Board along with the Federal Court of Appeal have rejected the claim for refugee unjustly and without all evidence. There has been a great injustice in the process for an individual without legal counsel at no fault of his own. We are simply asking CBSA and the Immigration Board to stop his removal scheduled for June 11th and allow a pre risk removal assessment.

    Muhammed is a citizen of The Gambia. Gambia has been in violation of human rights, freedom of speech, and protection for their citizens. Amnesty International, the United Nations, and other human rights groups have been active in reporting on the conditions in Gambia for anyone in opposition to the current regime and government, dictated by President Yahya Jammeh, a result of a coup take over in 1994.

    Please view link for the current Human Rights Watch 2013 report.

    Muhammed is active through social forums in expressing his opposition to the Gambian government. Returning to the Gambia is not an option. His political opinions regarding the disappearances, tortures, murders, executions and low standard of living is being watched by the N.I.A (National Intelligence Agency) in the Gambia.

    Please take a stand in helping Muhammed stay in Canada, stay away from his high risk of capture, and allowing the CBSA to re-assess his situation through the worsenning conditions in the Gambia.

    Canada’s aim is suppose to be “A person in need of protection is a person in Canada whose removal to their home country or country where they normally live would subject them personally to: a danger of torture; a risk to their life; or a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment”

    Let’s fulfil or promise outlined in the law.

    Ama Beecham, Immigration Division Member
    Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, Member of Parliament
    George Papoutsidis, Removal Officer
    Brian McDonald, Chief of Removals

    Muhammed is at risk of capture, torture and fears for his life. The conditions in the Gambia are worsenning and he should not be returned. Please allow an exemption for his removal on June 11th and provide him with the opportunity for PRRA.

    Client ID 5668 4045

    Let’s do what is right.
    [Your name]

    Petition Closed

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