No Fly List Ombuds

Canadian ombudsman appointment won't derail court challenge of UN no-fly list

OTTAWA — A court challenge against Canada's participation in the United Nations anti-terrorist sanctions regime will proceed despite the recent appointment of Canadian lawyer Kimberly Prost as UN ombudsperson to handle appeals from people who want their names taken off the no-fly list and seek access to their assets.

Prost was appointed in June, nearly six months after the 15-country UN Security Council responded to widespread criticism by deciding to appoint an impartial ombudsperson to handle requests by individuals and organizations seeking removal from the lists made by the Security Council's "al-Qaida and Taliban" sanctions committee.

University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, an adviser in the court case, says Prost's appointment is only a "face-saving" effort for a fundamentally unfair UN process that has been struck down in the U.K. and some other countries...

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