chapter  9
Forms of irregular citizenship
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Abousfian Abdelrazik is a Canadian citizen who was falsely accused of terrorism and, as a result, spent six years of forced exile, imprisonment, and torture in Sudan. Fearful of being re-arrested by Sudanese security forces, Abdelrazik took sanctuary for over a year in the lobby of the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum. From there he fought for his return to Canada. That he had to fight for his return is in itself remarkable as the right to return to one’s country of citizenship is well established in international law, as well as in the Canadian constitutional law. On 1 April 2009 he recorded an audio statement in an effort to generate public awareness of his situation and mobilize support for his return to Canada:

I am Abousfian Abdelrazik. I am Canadian. For about the last year, I have lived inside the Canadian Embassy in Sudan. For the last six years, I have been in Sudan against my will, because the Government of Canada will not let me go home to Montreal to see my children and my friends. The Government of Canada does not let me go back home because it falsely accuses me of being a terrorist.