Some archive (>10 years old) programs are not reachable through the search engine. They can be found at Your support is essential if the service is to continue, there are bandwidth bills to pay every month and failing disk drives to replace. Volunteers do the work, but disk drives and bandwidth are not free. Click on this bar to contribute, even a dollar helps.
Program Information
 Conference de Presse and March in Montreal
 Supporters, Politicians, Mass Media, Police
 charlieo (ckut news)  
 For non-profit use only.
1) Comments from three supporters
2) Conference de Presse
3) 100+ supporters and Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble march into Montreal's underground shopping network
charlieo, ckut news collective
On 1 January 2006, almost two years ago, Abelkader Belaouni, or Kader, a
non-status Algerian man, took refuge in St. Gabriel's church in Montreal to
avoid deportation from Canada. Despite an outpouring of support, he has
remained a prisoner in the church ever since, unable to leave for fear of
being arrested and deported. That's two years too many!
The Canadian Immigration Minister to Act NOW to regularize the status of Abdelkader Belaouni.


Voices of Pain and Hope Within Sanctuary: Messages of Support for Kader
Leading up to the National Day of Action in support of blind Algerian
refugee Abdelkader Belaouni who has been living in church sanctuary in
Montreal since 1 January 2006, Amir Kazemian and Laibar Singh offer their
words of strength and solidarity to Kader. As migrant justice activists, we
draw inspiration and courage from the powerful voices and alliances of
migrants themselves.

* From Laibar Singh, in sanctuary at the Surrey Guru Nanak Gurudwara. Laibar
Singh along with thousands of supporters have been engaged in an incredibly
public struggle- including the unprecedented physical prevention of his
deportation on International Human Rights Day- to remain in Canada on
humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Most recently, Stockwell Day has
made comments suggesting that a removal order will continue to be enforced
against Laibar Singh, regardless of his protection in sanctuary, which has
alarmed and outarged supporters and refugee rights advocates across the
country who call on Stockwell Day and CBSA for equal respect of sanctuary.

"I feel very sorry that we are both struggling with status in this country
with our physical disabilities. I cannot imagine how hard it is
not to see. I can see, but unfortunately can't feed myself or do any basic
task by myself. You are struggling like I am. I can't understand how upset
you must be having to spend that much time in one place (in sanctuary). I
hope the Canadian government hears both of our voices. The Canadian
government says it raises its voice for the less fortunate around the world
but if it can't see us who can it see? It is great that the people are
supporting you there like people are supporting me here, because it is what
keeps me strong. I thank that you for the kind words you wrote in support of
me, and would like you to know that I fully support your efforts to stay
here with permanent status."

* From Amir Kazemian, an Iranian refugee who was in sanctuary June 2004-Feb
2007 at the Anglican St. Michael's, Vancouver. In a manner that reveals the
arbitrariness of the current refugee determination system, Amir's mother was
accepted as a refugee on the basis of the persecution Amir faced, while Amir
was forced into sanctuary. Amir remained in sanctuary for 2 years and 8
months, until he was arrested and detained by the Vancouver City Police on
February 17, 2007 (who came to the church
investigating a break-in and ended up arresting Amir). Amir's release from
custody and the acceptance of his H and C application the very next day is a
direct result of all the work and support that hundreds of people have
demonstrated for him.

"I have been thinking about all of the people in sanctuary. I hope that
people will get the same result that I had and people should not have to go
through this what they are going through. Kader, my friend, I am very proud
and I will always pray for you, that you will be free as soon as possible."

- Statements provided to No One Is Illegal Vancouver, January 16th 2008.

:::::CALL IN MONTH:::::

Call or fax the Minister of Immigration, Diane Finley, to let her know that
the Canadian
government should act swiftly to accord Mr. Belaouni permanent resident

Guide for support letters and talking points:

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Email: and and
In Ottawa:
Fax : (613) 996-9749
Tel: (613) 954-1064 or Tel. : (613) 996-4974
In Simcoe:
Telephone: (519) 426-3400
Fax: (519) 426-0003

More information:
tel 514 848 7583

 3 parts: Solidarity For Abdelkader Belouni Download Program Podcast
contains french and english
00:35:56 English 2008-01-18
 montreal, kebek, canaduh, ile tortue
  View Script
3-kader-supporters-comments  00:09:22  128Kbps mp3
(8.59MB) Mono
213 Download File...
conference-de-presse  00:12:52  128Kbps mp3
(5.9MB) Mono
223 Download File...
kader-supporters-march-inside  00:13:42  128Kbps mp3
(12.56MB) Mono
209 Download File...