Vigil in Dundas Square Killed under government care: A vigil to honour and remember Soleiman Faqiri and call for justice and accountability

Media Advisory



Friday December 15th

6:00 – 8:00 pm



Dundas Square, Toronto



Family, friends and a growing group of supporters


On December 4, 2016, Soleiman Faqiri was temporarily housed at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, Ontario while awaiting a bed at the Ontario Shores Centres for Mental Health. Solieman had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and was identified as having urgent mental-health needs by his family and correctional staff. Soleiman was killed under government care on December 15 2016 following an altercation with the guards at CECC.

In October 2017 the Kawartha Lakes Police Services’ (KLPS) announced that no 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. Family, friends, and supporters are gathering to honour and remember Soleiman while calling for justice and accountability.


* Desmond Cole, Activist

* Kelly Potvin, Executive Director: Elizabeth Fry Toronto

* Aseefa Sarang, Executive Director: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre

* Rabia Khedr, CEO of Deen Support Services

* Yasin Dwyer, Former Prison Chaplain and current Chaplain at Ryerson

* Gholan Formuli, President of Afghan Association of Ontario

* Yusuf Faqiri, Soleiman’s brother and Faqiri family spokesperson

* Paletin Faqiri, Soleiman’s sister

* Frishta Bastan, Fresh poetry

* Sameh Helmy, Spoken word artist



Ahmad Attia

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