Refugee Rights Day 2014



Refugee Rights Day 2014

The Refugee Rights Day Planning Committee for 2014 would like to inform you of the upcoming events to mark the celebration of the Singh Decision and the advancements made in the protection of refugee rights in Canada as a result of the Singh decision.


On April 4th, 1985 the Supreme Court recognized that:

  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the basic rights of refugee claimants in Canada.
  • Refugee determination must respect the principles of fundamental justice.
  • Fundamental justice requires that, where credibility is an issue, refugee claimants must have an oral hearing.

Refugee Rights Day is also a time to learn about the threats to those rights.
Since the Singh decision...

  • An independent, specialized tribunal, the Immigration and Refugee Board, makes decisions on refugee claims following oral hearings.
  • Courts have recognized in subsequent decisions that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects people from deportation to persecution.
  • Canada’s refugee system has won the reputation for being one of the fairest in the world

2014 Events

  1. March 27, 2014
    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    5:00pm – 8:00pm

    St. Christopher House, Stan Meek Community Hall
    248 Ossington Ave, Toronto ON
  2. LGBTI+ REFUGEES In recognition of Refugee Rights Day 2014, please join us for a panel discussion on LGBTI+ refugee issues.
    The Blended Visa Office-Referred (VOR) Program
    Felisa Ponce Refugee Resettlement Project Worker, Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP).

    Situation of Iranian LGBTI+ Refugees in Turkey
    Arsham Parsi Executive Director & Founder of the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR)

    Sponsorship of LGBTI+ Refugees
    Brian Brenie Refugee Program, Metropolitan Community Church

    When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 Time: 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.
    Where: OCASI
    110 Eglinton Ave. West
    Suite 200, Toronto ON

    Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Refugee Rights Day 2014

    April 10, 2014
    4:30pm - 7:30pm

    Sanctuary Room
    1900 Davenport Road.

    For more information contact- Erika Garcia - | 416 656 8025 ext 238


CLEO’s website, Refugee Rights in Ontario: Information for front-line workers
This website has essential information for workers helping refugee clients with the refugee claims process.
Watch CLEO’s new video on how to navigate the site.