ORGANIZATIONALstatements 

Organizational statements help support our calls for accountability, transparency and reform. They express solidarity and common values, while assisting in spreading our message. 

A week after the OPP’s decision to not lay criminal charges against the guards who killed Soleiman, more than 60 civil society organizations and professional associations issued joint or separate statements condemning the OPP decision as a travesty of justice and reaffirming demands for accountability. Statements were from prominent organizations such as the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and Arch Disability Law Centre. 

Here are some recent examples:

MAC Statement

MAC Statement

“The Muslim Association of Canada stands in solidarity with the Faqiri family during this difficult time. Soleiman Faqiri’s life mattered and no Canadian should suffer such trauma leading to his death, especially someone who suffered from mental illness. No family...

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BLAC Statement

BLAC Statement

“We at BLAC stand in solidarity with the family of Soleiman Faqiri. We must all seize this moment, and be relentless in our resolve to deliver nothing less than radical transformation and lasting change for generations to come. BLAC stands with its allies in Canada...

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NCCM Statement

NCCM Statement

“It is beyond comprehension that Soleiman Faqiri, a schizophrenic man in custody, took his last breath after being punched and kicked over 50 times by corrections officers while they allegedly had their knee on his neck, and no one will be held accountable by our...

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MDSC Statement

MDSC Statement

“MDSC advocates for improved mental health services, supports and programs for people affected by mental illness. We are witnessing far too many Canadians, who are struggling with mental illness, not receive proper and sufficient support. Without adequate mental...

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CAEFS Statment

CAEFS Statment

“The family of Soleiman Faqiri was devastated to learn that the Ontario Provincial Police would not be pressing charges in the death of their brother in the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, in December 2016. Soleiman Faqiri, who was living with...

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ARCH Statement

ARCH Statement

“ARCH Disability Law Centre is deeply concerned by the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) decision not to lay charges against the correctional officers involved in the death of Soleiman Faqiri at the Central East Correctional Centre. ARCH urges the OPP to re-consider...

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Schizophrenia Society of Canada Statement

Schizophrenia Society of Canada Statement

“Rather than receiving the appropriate mental health treatment for his schizophrenia, Mr. Faqiri was segregated and subjected to intrusive and violent assault. The coroner’s report indicated that the brutality was the likely cause of his death. People living with...

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BCCLA Statement

BCCLA Statement

“BCCLA is horrified no prison guards are being held responsible for restraining & beating Soleiman Faqiri. Faqiri died in Ontario prison with 50 signs of blunt impact trauma. This is failure of justice; we continue to stand with Soleiman’s family demanding...

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BLAC, SALCO, CSALC, OCASI, UARR, COP-COC Joint Statement

BLAC, SALCO, CSALC, OCASI, UARR, COP-COC Joint Statement

“We understand that the provincial Crown Attorney investigated and determined that charges should not be laid in this case. We call on the Ontario Provincial Police and the provincial Crown Attorney to release details of its investigation, and we call on the Ontario...

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Desmond Cole Statement

Desmond Cole Statement

“No prison guard was charged for murdering Soleiman Faqiri in the Lindsay jail, not because of occupational considerations or bad investigations, but because prison violence is state-sanctioned.” Canadian Journalist and Activist Desmond Cole

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MPP Rima Berns-McGown Statement

MPP Rima Berns-McGown Statement

“We know from 50+ signs of blunt impact trauma that prison guards beat Soleiman Faqiri, who had schizophrenia & should have been in a hospital, to death. But the OPP has decided not to lay charges. This is Canada. This is not Justice. But it is how racism works....

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Senator Pate Statement

Senator Pate Statement

“Indefensible conclusion by correctional leadership and police. Shameful and further heartbreak and outrage for his family, “said Senator Pate in a statement to the Faqiri family.

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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.