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Take Action for World Refugee Day

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 16:31

    Sunday, June 20th is World Refugee Day. 

    Typically, it is an occasion to honour the important contributions that refugees make to our communities and to act in solidarity with refugees around the world. 

    Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit our ability to gather together, solidarity with refugees remains as important as ever. 

    Below we have gathered opportunities for you to learn more about the issues facing refugees in Canada and around the world today and to take action. 

    "I Didn't Feel Like a Human in There": Immigration Detention in Canada 

    Canada incarcerates thousands of people, including those with disabilities, on immigration-related charges every year, often in very abusive conditions.

    Ahead of World Refugee Day, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have launched a joint report on immigration detention in Canada and its impact on mental health for those detained. 

    Learn more and read the report >>> 

    Op-ed: Canada Should Get on the Path to Abolishing Immigration Detention >>>

    Stay tuned for details of a public campaign to end immigration detention in the fall. 

    Urgent Action: Protect Syrians at Risk of Return from Denmark 

    Between 2020 and April 1, 2021, Denmark revoked or did not renew the residence permits of 380 Syrians, claiming that certain parts of Syria (Damascus and the Rif region) are “safe.” While many of them are waiting for their cases to be decided in appeal, 39 Syrians have already been put in a “return position,” meaning that they are at risk of being returned to Syria.

    Take urgent action now >>> 

    Rohingya Voices Matter: Activist Toolkit

    Nearly one million Rohingyas who fled violent attacks in Myanmar are living in threadbare refugee camps in Bangladesh. They need protection of their rights now more than ever.

    Explore the new "Rohingya Voices Matter - Activist Toolkit" for ways you can learn more and take action to recognize Rohingyas for who they are. It includes videos, a virtual exhibition, graphics to share, Twitter actions, an info booklet, even a colouring book! 

    Explore the Rohingya Voices Matter Activist Toolkit >>>

    How to Pronounce Knife: Read with Us 

    Join human rights activists across the country for the Amnesty International Book Club.

    In June, we're reading How to Pronounce Knife, a collection of stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa, drawing partly on her family's experiences as Laotian refugees. 

    Learn more and download the discussion guide >>> 

    Call on Canada to Welcome Refugees

    More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the border remains closed to people seeking refugee protections who are entering from the US. 

    Canada's decision to shut the border to refugee claimants puts their lives in danger, is out of step with public health measures designed to curb the spread of COVID-19, and runs counter to our international legal obligations.

    Join us in calling on the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship to open the border to refugees.

    Take action now >>>

    Safe Third Country Agreement: Will it Reach the Supreme Court of Canada?

    In April, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned a landmark ruling of the Federal Court, which had found that the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) violates refugee claimant’s rights to life, liberty and security of the person. This is the second time that the Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a Federal Court ruling on the STCA. Last time, the Federal Court of Appeal said that refugee claimants affected by STCA needed to be part of the challenge. This time, the Federal Court of Appeal said that the case had been framed incorrectly.

    We aren’t giving up. Amnesty International, the Canadian Council of Refugees and the Canadian Council of Churches has submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, and we hope that it will hear the case and ensure that Canada provides refugee claimants with the protection that they deserve. 

    Thank you to all who have spoken out for an end to the STCA. We will keep you updated!