Withdraw the deportation order for Zain Haq

Withdraw the deportation orders of Zain Haq

To: The Honourable Sean Fraser Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship

Dear Mr. Fraser,

Zain Haq, who is an international student from Pakistan in the third-year History Major course at Simon
Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, and is a co-founder of Save Old Growth (SOG), is fearful the
Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) will deport him. CBSA officers visited his apartment twice when
he was not home and left a letter for him with his roommate ordering Haq to attend the CBSA offices
next morning or risk arrest. He received the letter in the morning and did not have time to respond or
seek legal assistance. He intends to present himself to the border agency once he has obtained legal
counsel. The probable reason behind the deportation order is his work and activism with SOG.

Save Old Growth (SOG) is a movement of young climate justice advocates who mobilize masses and try
to raise voices loud enough to reach the legislative authorities and policy makers in the government at
the state level. They organize peaceful civil resistance campaigns as one of the advocacy tools. They are
currently organizing a civil resistance campaign to end old-growth logging in BC with only one demand,
i.e, “Pass legislation to immediately end all Old Growth logging in the province of British Columbia ''.

SOG’s website clearly states their purpose and provides information on their information sessions on
non-violence trainings.

Civil resistance campaigns are common in east and west alike, and are a centuries old tactic for building
pressure on the governments. People who organize these and participate in these campaigns are those
who want to change the world for the better.

Haq and his group members are not committing a crime by organizing peaceful non-violent protests to
save the forests that are at the risk of extinction at the hands of the BC government.

Canada is a democratic country and no democracy restricts the right of peaceful assembly and right of
political opinion. The Canadian government must exercise high levels of democratic ethics. Students
from all over the world come to Canada for education but they also contribute to the culture and
diversity of this country, and Haq is no exception.

Peaceful civil resistance is no crime.
The Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) strongly demands the Government of Canada
withdraw the deportation orders of Zain Haq, and stop CBSA officials from raiding his apartment. He
must be able to complete his education at the SFU and be allowed to participate in the peaceful
mobilization activities with his students group at the university and at Save Old Growth.

Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians
Dated June 21, 2022

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CC: Honourable John Horgan, Premier British Columbia Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Inidgenous Relations Honourable David Eby, Attorney General of British Columbia Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

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