Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International Canada, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic
Harvard International Human Rights Clinic, Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates
Decision by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Finds that Canada Violated American Declaration on Human Rights by Summarily Returning Refugee Claimants to US
A group of organizations today welcomed the final decision of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights upholding a complaint made concerning the forced return of three refugee claimants to the United States in 2003.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that Canada violated its human rights obligations when it returned the three refugee claimants to the US without first providing individualized review of their asylum claims. The claimants were returned to the US under Canada’s ‘direct back’ policy.