HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST RECEIVES DEATH THREATS AZIZ FALL, MONTREAL
Aziz Fall is the coordinator of a campaign to pressure the government of
Their deaths prompted an international outcry, but were never investigated. Sankara’s widow, Mariam Sankara, and his two sons never abandoned their call to the international community to take action to bring his assassins to justice. Ten years ago, the Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA) answered that call by creating an international team of 22 lawyers to put together a case for a full investigation of the murder. Much of the legal research and drafting were spearheaded by Québec lawyers, under Mr. Fall’s coordination.
The current government of
Just over one year ago, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled in favour of the International Justice for Sankara Campaign, and demanded that the government of
While the government of
In December 2006, Mr. Fall received the first of three letters (the others were received in January and March 2007), ordering him to cease his activities. More ominously, on
Montréal police and the RCMP have been apprised of the situation. However, Mr. Fall and his family are still awaiting a clear answer from federal and provincial authorities as to who will take responsibility for their protection and the investigation. Hopefully the lives of these Canadian citizens—regardless of their colour or national origin—will receive the full protection that is their due in this country.
Silencing human rights activists by intimidation cannot be tolerated. All necessary resources must be mobilized to ensure that the Falls are protected and that the culprit is caught.
For more information, please contact:
Me May Chiu, Tel.: (514) 691-2036
Me Vincent Valai, Tel.: (514) 954-9998
Members of the International Justice for Sankara Campaign