Forum: Refugee Rights in 2016




Hosted by OCASI with Refugee Rights Month 2016 Planning Committee

Monday April 4, 2016, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Featuring panel presentation and discussion on Refugee Determination, Detention, Healthcare and more; and featuring Spoken Word performance by refugee youth.

Opening Statement by Loly Rico - President, Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)


Meb Rashid - Medical Director of Crossroads Clinic at Women's College Hospital (WCH); Junic Wambya - former Executive Director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, forced to flee Uganda due to persecution and now accepted as a protected person in Canada; Syed Hussan - End Immigration Detention Network. Moderator: Debbie Douglas - Executive Director, OCASI


Reception: 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm (light refreshments) Spoken Word, Panel presentation and Discussion: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Women's College Hospital (WCH) Auditorium 76 Grenville Street, Toronto (North and West of College and Bay)

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What is Refugee Rights Month?

April 4, 1985 was a milestone for refugee rights in Canada. On that day, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of refugee claimants in Canada to life, liberty and security of the person, and that claimants are therefore entitled to an oral hearing, in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice and international law. This ruling has become known as the 'Singh decision' in recognition of Harbhajan Singh, Sadhu Singh Thandi, Paramjit Singh Mann, Kewal Singh, Charanjit Singh Gill, Indrani and Satnam Singh who brought their cases to the Court.

Toronto Refugee Rights Month 2016 Planning Committee:

Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services | Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture | Centre for Refugee Studies, York University | Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change | FCJ Refugee Centre | Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto | OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants | Sojourn House | Osgoode Hall Law School | York University Syria Response and Refugee Initiative