Border race profiling a reality, report finds Civil liberties group calls for an independent watchdog to monitor national security programs, including no-fly list
By Joanna Smith
OTTAWA–A civil liberties coalition report puts a human face on the hassles and horrors of travelling, with multiple anecdotes suggesting religious and racial profiling is a reality when crossing the border.
“There is a huge amount of stigma to being labelled a security risk,” Micheal Vonn, policy director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said Wednesday.
“This was an attempt to systematically catalogue some of the things that have been impacting people’s real lives,” she said.
The Ottawa-based coalition of rights and labour organizations, calling itself the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, began researching the impact of security measures like the no-fly list two years ago.
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