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Refugee Protection in Canada

    Canada has been viewed as a global leader with respect to refugee protection.  It has signed the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees other human rights instruments which protect refugees.  Canada was the first country to set out guidelines for considering the refugee claims of women, and has taken an active role globally in the resettlement of refugees through both government and private sponsorship programs.  In recent years however, Canada like many other countries, is creating more barriers for people seeking safety and security.

    Amnesty International is concerned that the debate around asylum seekers and refugees in Canada is being framed by myths and misconceptions. Government ministers frequently refer to asylum seekers and refugees as ‘bogus’ and attempt to shape public attitudes with language which suggests refugees are criminals or otherwise “breaking the rules.”

    Amnesty International continues to advocate for the rights of refugees in Canada and globally, in order to ensure that governments live up to their human rights obligations to protect refugees, and to ensure that refugees and migrants are treated fairly and with dignity.

    WHAT'S NEW

    Tell Your MP the U.S.A. isn't safe for Refugees (31 January 2017 Blog)

    Immigration Detention: No Life for a Child (22 September 2016 Blog and Report)

    Champions. Prevention. Solidarity. Rights. Empowerment (June 20 Blog)

    Fair and Indepenant Review is required for US Military Deserters  (May11 2016)

    Independent oversight needed to monitor border agency, advocates say (31 March CBC News)

    Amnesty International Supports Call for CBSA Accountability Mechanism  (31 March 2016)

    Death in Immigration Custody Sparks Calls for CBSA Oversight  (March 2016)

    Canada: Refugee Children Should Not be Detained (February 2016)

    Immigration Detention: Canada's Black Hole (June 2015)

    One Less Life in Limbo.  Luis Alberto Mata has been granted permanent resident status in Canada after more than 12 years. (May 25, 2015). Read more about Luis' story here (April 16, 2015)

    Amnesty International welcomes Syrian refugee announcement, but questions and concerns remain. (Press Release 7 January 2015)

    Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Syrian Canadian Council express dismay with no pledge from Canada. (December 10 2014)

    Amnesty International calls on Minister Alexander to substantially increase its response across all fronts for Syrian refugees (December 5 2014)

    Amnesty International Canada has joined 160 organizations across Canada in opposing provisions in the budget bill (Bill C-43) that would open to the door to refugee claimants being denied social assistance.

    Denying Social Assistance to Refugee Claimants Violates International Law: Bill C-585 Must be Withdrawn (public statement) 22 October 2014 (with 23 October 2014 update).

    My Door is Open To Refugees (blog) 21 August 2014

    Amnesty International welcomes recent Federal Court decision regarding refugee health care (public statement) 8 July 2014 (with November 2014 update).

    Doors Open to Maran but Closed to so Many Others (blog) 19 June 2014

    New citizenship revocation powers in Bill C-24 should be withdrawn, says Amnesty International (news release) 10 June 2014

    Response to the Bogus Rhetoric about Bogus Refugees (blog) 28 March 2014

    Amnesty International intervenes at the Supreme Court of Canada

    Human Smuggling and Refugee Rights February 2015 Public Statment  Amnesty International Factum

     Ezokola v. Canada January 2013

    Ezokola: Great News for Refugee Protection in Canada  July 2014

    Febles v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration March 2014

    Amnesty International disappointed in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the case of Febles v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.  (Public Statement) 30 October 2014

    Recommended Links

    Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act

    Information on Government programs for the protection of refugees

    The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

    Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers

    Canadian Council for Refugees

    Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide (Kinbrace)

    Toronto Resources for LGBTI Refugees

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