Abdelrazik v Minister of Foreign Affairs et al

last updated: December 4, 2010

This page archives court documents in litigation involving Mr. Abousfian Abdelrazik. Questions about the archive should be directed to Professor Sean Rehaag.

Abdelrazik is a Canadian citizen who spent more than a year living in the lobby of the Canadian embassy in Sudan. He could not leave the embassy because he faced a risk of arbitrary detention and torture in Sudan. He could not return to Canada because the Canadian government refused to issue him travel documents due to national security concerns. This refusal came despite his never having been charged with a criminal offence, and notwithstanding that both CSIS and the RCMP indicated that they had no evidence that he posed a security threat.

On 4 June 2009, the Federal Court held that the government breached Mr. Abdelrazik’s constitutional right to enter and remain in the country, and ordered that he be repatriated within 30 days. In the Court’s words, Mr. Abdelrazik “is as much a victim of international terrorism as the innocent persons whose lives have been taken by recent barbaric acts of terrorists.”

On 27 June 2009, the government repatriated Abdelrazik in compliance with the Federal Court order. However, Abdelrazik has not received compensation for the violation of his constitutional rights. He also remains subject to various national security restrictions.

Information about advocacy efforts on behalf of Abdelrazik


Court Documents

Court Decisions, Orders & Directions
Main Application (re: repatriation), May 2009
Applicant’s Motion to Compel Answers, November 2008
Applicant’s Motion for Advanced Costs, June 2008
Motion for Leave for New Evidence, November 2008
Applicant’s Appeal on the Motion for Advanced Costs, March 2009
Respondent’s Motion for Leave for New Evidence, April 2009
Applicant’s Motion for Leave for New Evidence, April 2009
Main Action (re: Compensation), September 2009


Court Decisions, Orders & Directions

Reasons for Judgment

Orders and Directions

Main Application (re: repatriation), May 2009

Memoranda

Applicant’s Record

Applicant’s Supplementary Record

Respondent’s Record

Respondent’s Supplementary Record

Applicant’s Motion to Compel Answers, November 2008

Written Representations

Applicant’s (moving party) Motion Record

Respondent’s Motion Record

Applicant’s Motion for Advanced Costs, June 2008

Written Representations

Applicant’s (moving party) Motion Record

Motion for Leave for New Evidence, November 2008

Written Representations

Applicant’s Motion Record

Respondent’s (moving party) Motion Record

Respondent’s (moving party) Supplementary Motion Record

Applicant’s Appeal on the Motion for Advanced Costs, March 2009

Memoranda

Respondent’s Motion for Leave for New Evidence, April 2009

Written Representations

Applicant’s Motion Record

Respondent’s (moving party) Motion Record

Applicant’s Motion for Leave for New Evidence, April 2009

Written Representations

Applicant’s (moving party) Motion Record

Main Action (re: Compensation), September 2009