Update: The government has included in the Budget Bill (C-43), provisions from Bill C-585 that may lead to refugee claimants being denied access to social assistance. The Budget Bill was introduced on Thursday October 23, 2014. It is making its way very quickly through the House of Commons.
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:
December 10 celebrates international human rights and the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family. Refugees are part of the human family and entitled to the same rights.These rights include the rights to asylum, to liberty, to protection from torture, to an adequate standard of living, to healthcare, to be reunited with family and to protection of the best interests of children.
December 18 is International Migrants' Day. In Canada there is much to reflect on. The strides we've made over the past decades in creating a nation that is welcoming, that values the contribution of immigrants and that takes its obligation to protecting those in need of asylum and refuge seriously.
This December 12, 2012 webinar will consider the impact of July 2012 changes the IFH on refugees and refugee claimants needing health care. To register for this free webinar facilitated by healthcare professionals and researchers in immigrant and refugee healthcare, you will need to first create a login account.
In July of 2012, OCASI was invited by the Committe for the Rights of the Child, an independent body which monitors the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), to submit a shadow report on the state of children's rights in Canada. This report was presented in Geneva, Switzerland in the Fall of 2012.