29 OCT 2014 – Arar +10: National Security and Human Rights a Decade Later

UPDATE: National Security and Human Rights Report Released on October 29, 2015

  • The report, "Arar +10: National Security and Human Rights a Decade Later", outlines several key recommendations and the full text is available in English and French.
  • Read the media releases in English and in French.

Presented by Amnesty International, the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa


Keynote panel featuring:

Honorable Frank Iacobucci

Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin

Honorable John Major

Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

Honorable Dennis O’Connor

Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar

Other panels will discuss the personal dimension of national security-related human rights violations, challenges for the legal profession and ongoing concerns related to oversight of national security activities. The conference will also feature a morning panel with four leading journalists working at the forefront of national security and human rights in Canada over the past decade.


29 OCT 2014
8:00 – 17:30
Wine and cheese 17:30-19:00
Tabaret 112, uOttawa, 75 Laurier ave East, Ottawa

This event will be bilingual with simultaneous interpretation

Videos and interviews

Interviews during the conference.

Introductory remarks “Retrospective of the past decade”

Panel “The people and lives behind the issues”

Panel “Perspectives from the media”

Keynote panel “Judicial Reflections on National Security and Human Rights”

Panel “Lawyering for human rights in a national security context”

Panel “A view from community level”

Panel “Oversight and Review”

Wrap-up and final address


Jason Kenney derides newspaper for publishing Omar Khadr op-ed

Ottawa Citizen runs Khadr op-ed on day of Cirillo's funeral

Khadr: Misguided security laws take a human toll

Alex Neve, John Packer and Roch Tassé: Security reform should protect our freedom

Don't rush to enact new anti-terror laws, former top judges advise government

Judges concerned about Conservatives’ rush to adopt new anti-terror laws


  • Amnesty International
  • Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS)
  • Human Rights Research and Education centre (HRREC)
  • International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers

Photo Gallery

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