Jaggi Singh's Public Demonstration Ban Upheld: PEN Canada to Support an Appeal

TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - On February 1, 2011, the Superior Court of Justice released its decision on the bail review application of well known social justice activist Jaggi Singh. The Court removed the house arrest restriction on Mr. Singh but upheld all of his remaining conditions, including the blanket ban on organizing, participating in or attending any public demonstrations. 

Mr. Singh has been charged with criminal conspiracy in relation to the 2010 G20 Summit protests in Toronto. None of the allegations has yet been proven. 

The Superior Court's decision will have a chilling effect on free speech in Canada. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees to everyone the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression. The right to peaceful, public protest is critical to the exercise of this freedom and its removal does nothing to protect the public safety. Rather, the practice of censorship harms the interest of all members of a free and democratic society.

PEN Canada will continue to support Mr. Singh in his efforts to express himself as a means of achieving social justice. Should Mr. Singh seek leave to appeal the Superior Court's decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, PEN Canada, represented by Clayton C. Ruby and the law firm Ruby & Shiller, will intervene in the court proceeding in favour of Mr. Singh's Charter rights and the right to free expression of all Canadians.

SOURCE PEN Canada

For further information:

For more information on the legal challenge, please contact:
Clayton C. Ruby ruby@rubyshiller.com
Gerald J. Chan gchan@rubyshiller.com
Ruby & Shiller Barristers | 416.964.9664

PEN Canada contact: Brendan de Caires, bdecaires@pencanada.com | 416 703 8448 ext 21


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