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In 2005, Afghan Canadian Soleiman Faqiri, 30, was diagnosed with schizophrenia during his first year of University at Waterloo.On December 4, 2016, Soleiman was taken into custody at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay after being charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of assault and one count of threatening death and bodily harm. Despite multiple requests, including visits to the Centre, his family was not allowed to speak with him.On December 12, 2016, a mental health assessment was ordered for Soleiman, according to The Ministry of the Attorney General.On December 15, 2016, 11 days after he was taken into custody, Soleiman was dead. According to the Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Soleiman was involved in a “physical altercation with multiple correctional officers” where “use of force was applied.” This resulted in his death.
On December 19, 2016, four days after his death, the charges against him were dropped.
The Justice for Soli campaign was launched to demand answers from provincial authorities about Soleiman’s death.
The Justice For Soli in partnership with Muslim Link and the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project is hosting an event aimed at engaging people in Faqiri's family fight for justice, as well as raising awareness about the crisis within Ontario's correctional facilities, particularly in terms of the treatment of people living with mental illness.
Location: University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, Room 1030
Yusuf Faqiri, brother of Soleiman Faqiri, Justice For Soli Campaign
Dahabo Omar, Justice For Abdirahman Campaign
Justin Piché, PhD, Associate Professor – Criminology, University of Ottawa Member – Criminalization and Punishment Education Project
Aaron Doyle, Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University Member - Criminalization and Punishment Education Project
Farhat Rehman, member of MOMS (Mothers Offering Mutual Support), mother of a son who lives with a mental illness and is in detention in Ontario.
Representative from the Canadian Somali Mothers Association
Moderator: Chelby Marie Daigle, Muslim Link Editor in Chief
For more information about the case of Soleiman Faqiri visit the Justice For Soli Facebook Page.
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