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Letter from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to Minister John Baird, August 17th, 2011

CCLA Urges Canada's Immediate assistance for Nathalie Morin and her three children

The CCLA is very concerned about Nathalie Morin, and her three minor children, all Canadian citizens currently in Saudi Arabia.  Ms. Morin has not been heard from since June 13th, 2011, according to her Quebec-based mother Johanne Durocher.  There have been serious allegations of domestic violence in this case. 

Domestic violence is not a “private  matter” excusing State inaction.  To the contrary, domestic violence requires States to intervene and protect victims, pursuant to international law.  In international law, there is a peremptory legal norm that absolutely prohibits  torture, cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.  By definition, a peremptory legal norm is binding upon Canada and Saudi Arabia, and trumps any conflicting customary or treaty law obligations.  Furthermore, Canada and Saudi Arabia are both parties to the UN Convention Against Torture, the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all of which together  impose legal obligations upon States to protect women and children from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, even when perpetrated by private actors.

The CCLA has written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable John Baird, urging the immediate assistance of the Canadian government for Nathalie Morin and her three children, to move them to safety, provide medical assistance, and to facilitate their earliest return to Canada.   To read CCLA’s letter of August 16th, 2011, click here Aug_16_2011_CCLA-MFA-N.Morin


Letter send to Minister John Baird
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Letter to Minister Lawrence Cannon, June 1st 2010

Communiqué of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association
CCLA Press Nathalie Morin_EN.pdf
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Letter of Wajeha Al-Huwaider to the American President - June 26th, 2010

Wajeha Al-Huwaider is a Saudi writer and women’s rights activist in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia. She wrote this letter to President Obama of the United States to ask him to reform the male guardianship system in her country. This letter was sent as she spoke in Washington on June 26th, 2010 during a protest demanding the repatriation of Nathalie Morin and her childrens to Canada.  

Letter of Wajeha Al-Huwaider
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