U.S. President Donald Trump has signed several Executive Orders targeting the rights and safety of refugees in the United States.
Canada’s ‘Safe Third Country Agreement’ means that most refugees who arrive in the US cannot make claims in Canada.
The United States is failing to protect refugees. We must rescind the “Safe Third Country Agreement.”
Amnesty International has issued an open letter to Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussan and we are committed to fighting these violations of refugee and human rights. You can listen to an interview with Secretary General Alex Neve about our call on CBC’s Ottawa Morning. UPDATE June 27, 2017: Amnesty International and the Canadian Council for Refugees have released a 52-page brief outlining the many ways that the US asylum system and immigration detention regime fail to meet required international and Canadian legal standards.
We need your help! Tell the Minister *and* your Member of Parliament that you support rescinding the Safe Third Country Agreement.
There’s still more you can do! We’re asking all Amnesty supporters to help us spread the word by reaching out personally to their Member of Parliament. Here’s how:
1. Who is Your MP?
You can find your MP by entering your postal code here.
2. Email or Call Your MP
Contact information for your Member of Parliament can be found in their profile. Contact your MP by email or phone and let them know that you are reaching out on behalf of Amnesty International about the Safe Third Country Agreement.
Make it personal! Tell your MP why you care about human rights and why you are concerned for the rights of refugees in the United States.
If you email your MP, be sure to attach a copy of our open letter.
You can contact Minister Hussen’s office directly at 613-995-0777.
3. Tweet Your MP
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More comfortable on social media? Find your MP on Twitter and let them know you care about refugee rights.
Use the hashtags #SafeThirdCountry, #IWelcomeRefugees, and #WithRefugees and be sure to tag us @AmnestyNow.
4. Join our Lobby!
Amnesty International recently released our annual Human Rights Agenda for Canada. We are currently asking our supporters to call on the government to make 2017 a year for human rights.
Interested in reaching out to your Member of Parliament about human rights? Join our lobby!
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