Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association on Monday released a detailed report on the status of human rights conditions for the ongoing contract faculty strike at York University and called on the university to halt new security measures.
The civil rights monitor published a preliminary report on rights violations based on a survey taken by 194 people along questioning to do with security and freedom of speech, with 7.2 per cent saying they have been detained.
Just below 16 per cent of respondents said they felt the university “was on your side”, with 68.2 per cent saying they felt “evidence was being gathered” about them.
When asked whether they felt “intimidated or harassed by York [University] security [officials] or by a private security officer”, 55.4 per cent of respondents said that they had.
Several more results were:
- 27.7 said they have been asked for identificatoin
- 16.2 per cent said they had video or audio of “something disturbing”
- 68 per cent were filmed without consent
- 40 per cent said their answers discouraged them from participating in the strike or protest
‘Campus under siege’
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association published a press release calling on York University to “remove the private security, stop the surveillance and end intimidating tactics that chill constitutions rights to protest and strike.”
CCLA’s Michael Bryant went to say “we’ve got your back”, and thanked all those that took their survey on the status of human rights violations during the Canadian Union of Public Employees loacl 3903 strike.
Mr. Bryant also noted in the press release that York President Rhonda Lenton responded to the charges laid out by the CCLA via phone and in writing.
In response, Ms. Lenton said that York “does not condone any form of violence” and are using the increased security measures to monitor the “risk to the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, during the current strike and we comply with applicable laws.”
Outside the Senate Chamber where Students For CUPE 3903 are continuing their occupation, security setup cameras and temporarily blocked access on Monday, a move the university quickly backtracked on.
More details to follow. Image of the strike from the Toronto Star.