Activist From Pakistan Denied Entry To Canada

According to this article in the Toronto Star, a Pakistani-born activist for civil rights has been denied entry to Canada.

As we’ve mentioned before, Canada sometimes uses the United States’ no-fly list to determine who may fly within or gain entry into Canada, and the man’s name was on the United States’ no-fly list because he had admitted being a member of Al Qaeda and the Taliban – under torture.

It’s not the first time he has been denied entry to Canada, stopped when trying to fly from London to Toronto five months ago because if there was an emergency the flight could have been diverted to the United States. This time the man flew from Paris to Montreal, but when landing was denied entry to Canada.

The specifics of this case would imply that the Canadian government, despite saying it does not do so, is acting on “evidence” that was gained from torturing someone. However, Montreal officials state the man was denied entry to Canada because he spent three years in the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

Have you or someone you know been denied entry to Canada? Check out our page on denied entry to Canada here.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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