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
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
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