Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale arrives to a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)The immigration detainees are asking for a meeting with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to discuss their concerns. A spokesperson from Goodale's office was not immediately available for comment.
'Cruel and unusual punishment'But the group says CBSA has not followed through on promises it made and the detainees have begun the new hunger strike — this time calling for a meeting with elected officials.
Long lockdowns in summerSharmeen Khan of End Immigration Detention Network said detainees are often on long lockdowns during the summer — sometimes kept in their cells for days in a row, unable to speak with their families, or get legal support. "Goodale must meet with the detainees, and commit to upholding international norms and basic human rights by ending immigration detention," Khan said. "Many of these detainees are already sick, this hunger strike could put them in grave danger." Goodale said in May that federal authorities were looking into alternatives to detaining newcomers, such as bail and electronic monitoring.
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