Monday, June 26, 2006

The Honourable Monte Solberg, P.C., M.P.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1

Monday, June 26, 2006

Re: Abdelkader Belaouni

Dear Monte Solberg,

I write this letter to draw attention to Mr. Abdelkader Belaouni’s case, in response to a call for support from the Committee to Support Abdelkader Belaouni. Mr. Abdelkader Belaouni has taken sanctuary in St. Gabriel's Church in Point St. Charles, Montreal in order to avoid deportation.

Since moving to Montreal nearly three years ago, Mr. Belaouni has worked hard to achieve a life of dignity, autonomy and security for himself. However, as is the case of many thousands of other non-status people living in Canada, Immigration Canada left Abdelkader no choice but to defy the deportation order and take sanctuary. As the francophone branch of Amnesty International Canada wrote, "Pour que cesse cette quête pour une vie meilleure et au nom de la dignité humaine, Amnistie internationale vous demande d'accorder immédiatement à Monsieur Belaouni le statut de résident permanent, pour motifs humanitaires."

As a result of the significant contributions and strong connections Abdelkader has made in his community, and more broadly in Montreal, Abdelkader he has seen an outpouring of support from national and Montreal-based organizations and countless individuals since taking sanctuary. While confined to the rooms of St. Gabriel's Church for more than three months, his struggle against deportation and for status continues.

Please accept Mr. Belaouni as a Canadian citizen.


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