“CBSA does not name anyone … and therefore smears everyone at the gathering as a potential national security threat. Is it a threat to discuss the meaning of “national security” and how it is applied? To plan to resist repressive national security measures such as security certificates and blacklists? Or is CBSA referring to speakers at the conference who have been labeled “threats” in the past, but have since been cleared – would that then mean, in their view, you can never be cleared from these sorts allegations?
“The way in which national security can be used as a blanket justification for such abusive, arbitrary decisions is exactly why it is necessary to hold this important forum,” stated the People’s Commission Network, which is organizing the Whose Security? Our Security! conference.
Among the panel discussions will be an exploration of the communal and political impacts when groups such as the FARC, PKK, LTTE and Babar Khalsa are “black-listed”. The forum will consist of both educational panels and working sessions to coordinate campaigns and struggles of different communities and their allies.
Among the gathering’s high-profile invitees are former security certificate detainee Hassan Almrei, Abousfian Abdelrazik, Sophie Lamarche Harkat, Kanehsatake activist Ellen Gabriel, author and activist academic Gary Kinsman, historian Ian Mckay, and Dominique Peschard, President, Ligue des droits et libertés.
February 4-6, 2011, Concordia University, Hall Building, Montreal
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