Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Monte Kwinter

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
18th floor, 25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto ON M7A 1Y6
Phone: (416) 325-0408
Fax: (416) 325-6067

Object: Hunger strike of Hassan Almrei and Mohammed Majoub

Dear sir,

I am writing to urge you to take immediate action to meet the legitimate demands of Hassan Almrei and Mohammed Majoub, who have been detained without trial in Ontario prisons for several years and are both on hunger strike to demand minimally decent conditions of detention.

Almrei has been held in solitary confinement for 4 years; he is asking for the right to have one hour a day of exercise outside of his cell. Majoub, who had been detained for 5 years, is asking for contact visits with his wife and children. Almrei and Majoub have never been charged with any crime, much less found guilty. Even if Almrei and Majoub were guilty of some misdee (which remains to be proved), their detention conditions are totally unacceptable, far worse than those of most convicted criminals. Indeed, being detained in solitary confinement for four years (in the case of Almrei) meets international definitions of torture.

As of today (August 24), Hassan Almrei is on Day 63 of his hungerstrike and Mohammed Mahjoub on Day 48. Matthew Behrens (TASC) reports that their condition is deteriorating, particularly that of Hassan Almrei. Mr. Almrei was already in poor health before beginning his current hunger strike and is imminently at risk of serious and permanent damage to his health.

Please intervene immediately to try to find a humane solution to this situation. Failure to act quickly could have grave and irreversible consequences. As Canadians, we pride ourselves on respecting basic human rights. Please remain true to this fundamental value.


fax (416) 651-9770
PO Box 73620, 509 St. Clair Ave. West,
Toronto ON M6C 1C0

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