What Are We Calling For?


Criminal Charges
must be laid against the guards who are responsible for Soleiman’s death.


The Ontario Premier
must make an official apology to the Faqiri Family for the death of Soleiman.


Institutional Changes
must be made to mental health training in the prison system.

Investigations and Documentaries

Media Coverage

Unascertained Podcast

On December 15, 2016, Soleiman Faqiri was found dead in his cell after an incident with a group of correctional officers. After suffering a schizophrenic episode, the 30-year-old was awaiting a mental health assessment at a Lindsay Ontario jail. He was pepper sprayed, shackled, and wearing a spit hood. Unascertained pieces together the timeline of Soleiman’s death and what really happened when guards entered the room.


“Someone who needed help was killed under government care. My brother needed a bed and a doctor, and instead he got handcuffs and fists. My brother should not have died the way he died. No human being should have.”

Soleiman’s Older Brother,

Yusuf Faqiri

“The Faqiri family has been waiting for years for someone to explain how this could have happened.  This legal action seeks to uncover the truth about what happened to Soleiman, why it happened, and to make sure it won’t happen to anyone ever again.  This is about truth and accountability.”

Faqiri Family lawyer,

Nader Hasan

“At first, no single injury stood out as being more likely than another to have caused Soleiman’s death. But it now appears that the coroner wasn’t given the whole story. Corrections staff told the coroner that Soleiman was only held down by his legs and arms. According to the eyewitness, this was not true. If a guard did in fact kneel down on Soleiman’s neck, this would support that Soleiman was the victim of a restraint related death.”

Faqiri Family lawyer,

Ted Marrocco

“Years drag by without meaningful answers for the family of Soli Faqiri, and without accountability for Soli’s death in government care. A thorough and transparent investigation into the incident and those responsible is just the start because clearly there are many systemic failures that led to this sick
and vulnerable man’s death.”

Paul Champ,

Human Rights Lawyer

“His memory does and should bring shame to any goverment who fails to do the right thing.”

Prof. Faisal Bhabah

About the Movement

Justice for Soli was founded by Soleiman’s eldest brother, Yusuf Faqiri, only one or two days after his brother’s murder in December 2016. In early 2017, the McMaster Muslims for Peace and Justice became the first organization to completely throw its support behind Justice for Soli, transforming what was once a small group of friends and family into a larger social justice movement with hundreds of supporters. Today, over 100 organizations are affiliated with Justice for Soli, supporting the movement in its fight for justice, transparency and accountability.