As the provincial election enters its 3rd week, have issues like poverty and homelessness been adequately addressed in the campaign? Off the Hour’s Andre Goulet spoke with Kat Gray, executive director of Benedict Lebray House, a poverty outreach organization in Griffintown, to find out.
Djaber Kalibi is an iranian immigrant facing deportation. On Tuesday, March 25th, Solidarity Accross Boarders organized a picket in solidarity with Djaber Kalibi, in the context of a campaign advocating for a status for all. Solidarity across boarders denounced the abuses of the Canadian immigration system, and cited many examples of injustices towards migrants.
Amnesty International launched their fourth campaign against torture. In 1984 the campaign achieved the adoption of a convention against torture and other crual, inhuman or degrading treatments. However, the tendency in the last few years has been an increase of the use of torture. In 2012, 112 countries tortured their citizens. Countries including Canada are no longer showing respect towards the Convention signed in 1984. Amongst the speakers testifying about torture at the press launching the campaign in Montreal was Damien Corsetti.
In March 1998, Imen Derouiche was arrested in Tunisia following her participation in a non-violent peaceful student protest. During her so-called interrogations, she was a victim of rape and torture, which lasted for five days. During the trial, the judge refused to hear her talk about the treatment she had been submitted to. Following an Amnesty International campaign and international pressure, she was freed from prison in August 1999. She was denied the right to either work or study in Tunisia and settled in France. Today, she is a member of the Popular Front in Tunisia, a colaition aiming to promote democratie in the country.
The United Nations is facing a class action lawsuit over the outbreak of cholera in Haiti that has widely been blamed on its peacekeepers, after 1,500 Haitian victims and their family members sued the international body in the Federal Court of Brooklyn. CKUT’s Amelie Phillipson spoke with Tim Howard, one of the leading lawyers in the lawsuit.
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In December 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada made a historic ruling known as the Bedford decision. The ruling resulted in the decriminalization of sex work in Canada. With one year given to Parliament to write new sex work legislation that does not conflict with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms there are however, many questions still left unanswered. Some anti-sex work groups advocate for a Nordic model while many pro-sex work organizations demand there be no legislation at all. CKUT’s Sula Greene spoke with Julie Grant, exec-at-large of Sex Professionals of Canada about the future of sex work in Canada.
The Ligue des droits et libertes sent out a statement, signed by 55 organizations, denouncing the arrests at this year’s police brutality protest, which took place on March 15th. The protest, which has developed a reputation for ending in mass arrest, lasted less than ten minutes this year before protesters were alternately charged and herded into a series of kettles, where they were subsequently ticketed, processed, and then let go. The statement denounces the SPVM’s actions during the protest as well as P-6, the municipal bylaw that condones both kettling and what the Ligue des droits calls “political profiling”. CKUT spoke with Dominique Peschard from the Ligue des droits et libertes about the issue.