OTTAWA - A lawyer who represented torture victim Maher Arar says information-sharing directives issued to federal security agencies show the government hasn't learned anything about shunning brutality.

Toronto lawyer Lorne Waldman says ministerial instructions to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency leave the door open to the kind of information exchanges that led to Arar's torture in Syria.

Waldman says Canada is no further ahead than it was before a federal inquiry into Arar's case.

Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, was detained at a New York airport in September 2002, winding up in a grim Damascus prison.

Under torture, the Ottawa telecommunications engineer gave false confessions to Syrian military intelligence officers about involvement with al-Qaida.

Justice Dennis O'Connor, who led the federal inquiry, concluded in 2006 that faulty information the RCMP passed to the United States very likely led to Arar's year-long nightmare.

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    Total number of detainees that have been detained at the Guantanamo facility since the September 11, 2011 attacks. (Human Rights Watch)

  • 600

    Of the 779 detainees, roughly 600 were released without charges, many after being detained for years. (Human Rights Watch)

  • 171

    The number of detainees that remain at Guantanamo. (Human Rights Watch)

  • 89

    The number of detainees that have been approved for transfer to home or third countries but still remain at Guantanamo, some after nearly 10 years of detention. (Human Rights Watch)

  • 15

    Number of children under age 18 who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo. (Human Rights Watch)

  • 8

    Number of Guantanamo detainees who died while in custody, six by suspected suicide. (Human Rights Watch)

  • 6

    Number of those convicted in the military commissions after trial or plea bargain. (Human Rights Watch)

  • 1

    Of the 171 detainees that remain at Guantanamo only one, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, faces any formal charges. (Human Rights Watch)