JusticeforSoli Campaign Launches Fundraiser

January 11, 2018

 

On December 15, 2016, Soleiman Faqiri was killed during an altercation with prison guards at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, Ontario. Soleiman was in complete isolation, cuffed at his hands and ankles, and entirely defenceless.

Prison guards took turns repeatedly beating Soleiman as he lay helplessly. Over 50 bruises were found on his body, including a huge gash on his forehead. Soleiman suffered from schizophrenia and the staff were aware of his condition. This blatant inhumane mistreatment is unacceptable to Canadians who believe in fair treatment of all.

Today, the Faqiri family is seeking justice for Soleiman and demanding answers from the Ontario government as to how Soleiman’s death could have occurred while he was in their care. And they need our help.

The investigation has been in the hands of the Kawartha Lakes Police Service and in late October they announced there were no grounds to press charges on those individuals responsible for Soleiman’s death. This inexplicable decision has left many shocked and disappointed.

This critical fight for justice will require significant resources. The family has been advised that it will require approximately $50 thousand dollars to support its legal challenge – an amount significantly beyond their means. That’s why we’re asking anyone who believes in standing up for the weak, vulnerable, and oppressed to please help this cause.

This is not only a fight to ensure those responsible for Soleiman’s death are held accountable. It is also a fight to protect the rights of all marginalized and racialized minorities currently in the criminal justice system, or who end up there.

Help us support this cause. Don’t let Soleiman’s death be in vain. We need your help today to ensure that those suffering with mental illness are treated with dignity by our institutions – and those who fail us, face the appropriate consequences for their actions so they can never hurt anyone again.

Fundraiser Link: https://www.launchgood.com/project/justice_for_soli_1#!/ 

BACKGROUND:

Soleiman Faqiri was killed under government care on December 15 2016. Soleiman’s stay at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, Ontario was meant to be a temporary measure, yet it ended up being fatal. In October 2017 the Kawartha Lakes Police Services’ (KLPS) announced that not charges would be filed against any Lindsay CECC officers. Several media reports have questioned about whether the police service was far enough removed from the case to conduct its probe impartially.

For Soleiman’s family, other families of victims killed in prisons, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the legal community, the mental health community, and all Ontarians, the inquest into his death is a litmus test as to whether the Province is seriously committed to transparency and reform.

The Justice for Soli Campaign aims to find transparency and accountability, but equally important it seeks to be an agent for true reform.

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