The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on security certificates is a win for human rights and civil liberties. The unanimous ruling, issued Feb. 23, overturned key elements of the certificate process. The judges found the system violated the Charter of Rights.
The decision highlights the fundamental flaws in attempting to trade freedom for security. Building a safe and peaceful world means having a legal system that offers everyone due process, open trials, the right to defend oneself and an end to unlimited detention without charge.
In 2005 CUPE leaders, members and staff at all levels, including National President Paul Moist and National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux, signed a statement against security certificates. CUPE has also spoken up against the federal government’s anti-terror laws.
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