Please note that on 4 July 2014, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the cuts constituted “cruel and unusual treatment” and violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Health coverage will be restored to refugees at midnight, Tuesday 4 November. The case is not over. The Government has appealed the decision in the Federal Court of Appeal.
Amnesty International is deeply concerned that changes to the Federal Interim Health Program are discriminatory and will result in violations of the right to health of refugees in Canada, in contravention of Canada’s international human rights obligations. Amnesty International is calling on the federal government to withdraw the changes and to ensure that any changes to the program are consistent with international human rights standards with respect to access to health care, non-discrimination and refugee protection.