Mitchell Van Ineveld helps Hazim Ismail to fight indefinite immigrant detention in Canada

Protesters call into question the ‘dark side’ of Canada’s immigration system at Winnipeg rally

The gathering was held to remember some 50 immigrant detainees on hunger strikes in 2 Ontario prisons

By Kristy Hoffman, CBC News Posted: Jul 28, 2016 8:31 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016 8:31 PM CT

Around 50 people were at the Manitoba Legislative building on Thursday evening, signs in hand, protesting indefinite immigrant detention in Canada.

Specifically, they say they were standing in solidarity with 50 immigration detainees at two Ontario prisons, who went on a hunger strike more than two weeks ago to protest Canada’s policy.

“I’m a refugee myself so this hits close to home,” said Hazim Ismail, who was born in Malaysia and originally arrived in Winnipeg as an international student.

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‘The darker side of Canada’s immigration system’

RallyMitchell Van Ineveld helped Ismail organize the rally. He said his participation reflects his feelings toward what he describes as a dark, unreported side of Canada’s immigration system.

“We see a lot of successes of our immigration system … The resettlement of Syrian refugees gets a lot of publicity,” he said.

“We also need to see the failures … That looks like people locked up in maximum security prisons, held alongside convicted criminals with no charge and no guarantee they will be released in a timely manner.”

Mitchell Van Ineveld rallies to end indefinite immigrant detention in Canada. (Travis Golby/CBC)

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