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Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar (Arar Commission)

Report of the Events Relating to Maher Arar

Arar Commission Report    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. CP32-88/1-2006E + CP32-88/1-1-2006E
Pages 1204 (3 volumes) + 36 page addendum
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $49.95

Issued by the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar.
Published by Canadian Government Publishing, 2006.


Commissioner Dennis O’Connor’s public report on the events relating to Maher Arar was released on September 18, 2006. In a three-volume document, the Commissioner presents the factual analysis of the case surrounding Maher Arar and submits 23 recommendations to the government.

The three volume set contains:
  • Analysis and Recommendations
  • Factual Background – Vol I
  • Factual Background – Vol II
On Maher Arar, the Commissioner comes to one important conclusion: “I am able to say categorically that there is no evidence to indicate that Mr. Arar has committed any offence or that his activities constitute a threat to the security of Canada.

Among his recommendations, Commissioner O’Connor addresses many issues such as: the RCMP’s national security activities, the information sharing practices of other government agencies; some recommendations touch upon the investigative interaction with countries with questionable human rights records as well as the issue of Canadians detained in other countries; some recommendations concern the need for Canadian agencies engaged in national security investigations to have clear policies and more training on issues of racial, religious or ethnic profiling. The Commissioner also recommends that the Government of Canada assess Mr. Arar’s claim for compensation in light of the report’s findings and respond accordingly.

Now includes, at no charge, Report of the events relating to Maher Arar –Addendum. Following a judgement from the Federal Court of Canada, the Commission was authorized to release further information relating to human rights and torture issues. In the original published volume, some material had been omitted in the interests of national security, national defence or international relations (indicated by [***]. This information is now contained in the addendum.

Also released by the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar: A New Review Mechanism for the RCMP’s National Security Activities.

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