* CKUT radio: Torture Canada
special broadcast on Canada's contemporary relationship to torture
featuring Abousfian Abdelrazik
TUESDAY AUGUST 11th 17h00 - 18h00
live broadcast on CKUT Radio, 90.3fm
tune-in globally via live stream at www.ckut.ca
A special edition of CKUT radio's community news program Off the Hour,
examining Canada's contemporary ties to torture. Torture has occupied an
important place in Canada's political relationship to the world since 9/11.
From the battlefields in Afghanistan, to the multiple Canadians tortured abroad
with complicity from successive Canadian governments, a real national
discussion on Canada's position on torture is necessary. As a signatory to the
UN Convention against Torture, actions undertaken by successive Canadian
governments contradict the anti-torture convention.
A focus for the special broadcast will be Abousfian Abdelrazik's ongoing
struggle, Abdelrazik is a Canadian who can speak directly to Canada's
relationship to torture and will speak live in CKUT radio studios, the first
live radio interview given since Abdelrazik returned to Canada from Sudan last
month after a major cross-Canada campaign organized by Project Fly Home.
Today, Abdelrazik is now struggling for a full restoration of his citizenship
rights in Canada. Abdelrazik remains on the United Nations' terrorist
watch-list, prohibiting him from holding a bank account or accepting any kind
of financial assistance, including employment wages in Canada.
featuring live interviews:
* Abousfian Abdelrazik
Abousfian Abdelrazik is a Sudanese-born Canadian dual citizen who is now at the
epicenter of a grassroots campaign that recently pressed the government to
repatriate Abdelrazik from Sudan, a citizenship right denied by successive
Canadian governments. In June, after six years in exile, Abdelrazik returned to
Montreal after a key ruling from a federal court judge forced the government to
respect Abdelrazik's right of return to Canada. Abousfian Abdelrazik is a
Canadian who can speak directly to Canada.s take on torture.
* Paul Koring
Paul Koring is a foreign correspondent for The Globe and Mail newspaper
currently posted in Washington D.C. as the paper's foreign affairs and
international security correspondent. Koring's groundbreaking reporting on
Abousfian Abdelrazik played an important role in educating people across Canada
on Abdelrazik's imprisonment and torture in Sudan and campaign for Abdelrazik
to return to Canada.
* Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith is a foreign correspondent for The Globe and Mail, Canada's
national newspaper. Smith was stationed in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2009 and
previously was based in Moscow. Smith's reporting from Afghanistan that sparked
a national discussion on Canada's role in torture in Afghanistan and detailed
experiences of torture by multiple Afghan prisoners captured by the Canadian
military and transferred to Afghan authorities. Graeme Smith has been awarded
three National Newspaper Awards, Canada's highest prize for print journalism.
for information on Project Fly Home and Abdelrazik visit:
CKUT Radio: Community News Department
phone: 514-448-4041 x. 6788
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