Regarding Amparo Torres

The Honourable Anne McLellan
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

The Honourable Joe Volpe, P.C., M.P.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1L1

Minister@cic.gc.ca

Open Letter from Pueblos En Camino to the Government of Canada regarding Amparo Torres.

We write this letter out of concern for due process and the protection of the rights, freedoms,life, and safety of Amparo Torres, a permanent resident in Canada.

As Canadians and Colombians we are concerned that the alleged evidence gathered in this case has not been made available to the public. While we do not know if the information has been made available to Ms.Torres and her counsel, we believe that Ms.Torres's due process rights are at risk and that she is at risk of being expelled from Canada.

Based on our knowledge of the Colombian reality, we have no doubt that Amparo Torres’ life would be in imminent danger if she were to be forced to return to Colombia.

In fact, it is our informed opinion that to send her back to Colombia would be to send her to an almost certain death.

It is our understanding that the foremost principle for the provision of protection to a foreign national is precisely that of the imminent risk to their lives and security. The proposed expulsion of Ms. Torres would be in direct contravention of this principle and most certainly, her human rights will not have been protected.

Given that very little if any information has been made public, it is impossible at this point to know whether the investigation and subsequent actions of CSIS and the immigration authorities are in contravention of due legal process. There have been documented cases in the past where due process and rights of immigrants and refugees have been contravened. Our own research into these matters and consultations with immigration lawyers and advocates suggests that this is an ongoing problem. Given that the consequences of these processes are so severe for Ms. Torres, it is absolutely essential that such processes be thoroughly and properly documented and open to public scrutiny. At the least, Canadians deserve to be assured that there are stringent mechanisms in place that ensure public accountability, and compliance by CSIS and immigration authorities with domestic and international law and human rights protections.

If there is any evidence whatsoever with respect to the very serious allegations agains! t her, she and her counsel must have access to it in order to test its validity and credibility. She is entitled to a fair process that respects the truth, and, above all, protection of her fundamental human and legal rights and her liberty and life.

Sincerely,

Justin Podur
Manuel Rozental
Sheila Gruner

on behalf of

Pueblos En Camino / Weaving Autonomies
45 Westminister Ave
Toronto ON
M6R 1N3

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