many Canadians remain ashamed by Canada's approach to Afghan detainees in relation to both treatment in Canadian custody, notably transfer to other states despite the risk of torture, and torture, other inhuman or degrading treatment, disappearance and/or extrajudicial killing to which some of them fell victim after their transfer to other states; and
many also are disappointed by the poor record of Canadian justice and parliamentary institutions in bringing the relevant facts to light and in securing proper accountability.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, request (or call upon) the Government of Canada to establish an independent judicial commission of inquiry to:
1. investigate the facts with respect to policies, practices, legal and other opinions, decisions, and conduct of Canadian government actors, including Ministers and senior officials, concerning Afghan detainees throughout Canada's involvements in Afghanistan from 2001;
2. investigate also the success and/or failure of Canada's justice and parliamentary systems in achieving transparency, democratic accountability, and compliance with applicable laws; and
3. issue a thorough, comprehensive and public report on the facts as found and on the commission's assessment of those facts in order: (a) to determine whether state or governmental responsibility arose under international and/or Canadian law; (b) to assess whether any Canadian government officials engaged in misconduct in relation to respect for law, legal process, or parliamentary procedure; and (c) to recommend policy changes as well as law reform and parliamentary reform aimed at preventing violations or misconduct occurring again.
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