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Afghanistan Public Interest Hearings

The BCCLA continues its work before the Military Police Complaints Commission as part of the public interest investigation into the handling of detainees by Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. The BCCLA filed complaints with the MPCC in 2007 and 2008 voicing its concerns that the Military Police were transferring detainees to Afghan authorities despite evidence that there was likelihood they would be tortured.

The BCCLA also filed a complaint that the Military Police failed to investigate senior Canadian Forces officers who ordered the transfers. Both charges suggest complicity in torture and have serious ramifications under both Canadian and international humanitarian law. Hearings pursuant to these complaints are ongoing.

The BCCLA is represented by Paul Champ and Khalid Elgazar of Champ and Associates, as well as our own Grace Pastine and Carmen Cheung.