ShahRukh Khan detention in US appalling and foolish - SAHRA

    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - "This is a classic case of racial profiling
where it doesn't matter if it's a Bush or Obama Administration. This is a
clear abuse of civil liberties and lack of due diligence from the bureaucratic
side of Government. It's not the iconic SRK who should be intimidated, its the
lazy, ignorant, unionized employee who should feel threatened. Time to kick to
the curb the incompetent, in a recession full of qualified people who can do
the job of a US border official far better," says film maker and SAHRA
chairman Roger Nair remembering his own experience with a similar incident of
famous Indian Star Kamal Haasan being detained in April 2002 for hours after
commencing the film Pantchathathiram's shoot in Toronto and on his way to LA,
as well as another Indian heartthrob, Aamir Khan's similar experience a month
before Haasan on Chicago airport.
    Michael Kapoustin who recently returned from a 12 year wrongful detention
in Bulgaria to Canada only after PM Harper intervened, says of the Khan
incident. "Each year thousands more tourists join the silent ranks of those
terrorized by the racial profiling praticed by the Western immigration and
police." "What chance does an average tourist have in US when even the
Ex-President of India Dr. Kalam is hasseled there," added Mr. Nair, stressing
the fact that this is not an isolated incident.

For further information:

For further information: www.HumanRightsCanada.Org; Roger Nair, (647)
878-1967; Shan Padda (905) 677-7500

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