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For immediate release
16 November 2011
Flashmob for the rights of non-citizen children and youth
On the occasion of the Universal Day of the Child, 20 November 2011, groups in different Canadian cities will be organizing flashmobs to raise awareness about non-citizen children and youth rights.
Young people are preparing flashmobs in over 8 different Canadian cities. Most of the main organizers are young refugees and immigrants who are actively involved in their communities to promote the fair treatment of newcomers.
Flashmobs will be taking place the week of 20 November in the following cities: Lethbridge, St John’s, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Kitchener, Toronto, and Fredericton.
Actions will include dancing, powerful visual theatre skits, music, and much more.
The flashmobs are part of a campaign addressing detention of children, family reunification, separated refugee children, trafficked and stateless children and the best interests of the child in immigration decisions.
These flashmobs are happening at a strategic time: in 2012, the United Nations will examine Canada on its respect for children’s rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In preparation, the Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network is taking action from coast to coast to urge Canada to respect the rights of all children, including children who are not Canadian citizens.
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