Refugee Protection in Canada
Canada is 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. However, Canada like many other countries, also creates barriers for people seeking safety and security.
Amnesty International is concerned as to how easily the debate around asylum seekers and refugees in Canada can be framed by myths and misconceptions. Refugees do not commit a crime when they cross a border in search of safety. The right to seek asylum is embedded in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and other human rights instruments. States have an obligation to respect this right and not turn refugees away from their borders to a country where they face persecution.
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.
An End to Immigration Dentention of Children? (29 November 2017)
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)
Independent oversight needed to monitor border agency, advocates say (31 March CBC News)
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New citizenship revocation powers in Bill C-24 should be withdrawn, says Amnesty International (news release) 10 June 2014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
Ezokola v. Canada January 2013
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
Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide (Kinbrace)