‘Bring our Canadians home’: Lawyer files suit on behalf of 26 Canadians stuck in Syrian camps

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A lawyer suing the federal government to force it to bring 26 Canadians with ISIS ties back home from Syrian refugee camps says time is of the essence to bring them back home to Canada. Last month, a proceeding was filed on behalf of 11 families alleging that the federal government has neglected to uphold parts of the Federal Court Act, the Citizenship Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, when it comes to the government’s efforts in repatriating their loved ones. “It’s basically an effort to require Global Affairs Canada to do what they should be doing, which is bring our Canadians home,” Lawrence Greenspon, a criminal defence lawyer who filed the suit, told CTV News. “There’s absolutely no reason why these Canadians can’t be brought home to their loved ones here in Canada.” In all, the application lists 26 Canadians — 14 children, eight women and four men — who are being held in the Al-Hol and Al-Roj prison camps and the Hasakah, Qamishli and Derik prisons in regions across north-eastern Syria. The application also describes the conditions in the camps as “horrific” with “non-existent hygiene measures” and a “lack of clean water.”

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