Pledge to stand for a Canada that is strong on rights for refugees

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Pledge to stand for a Canada that is strong on rights for refugees

Pledge to stand for a Canada that is strong on rights for refugees

As members of the human family, refugees are entitled to human rights. This includes 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.

Once a world leader in refugee protection; Canada is closing its doors.

Fewer refugees are being resettled to Canada.  There have been dramatic cuts to basic health care for refugees. Refugee claimants race an unbeatable clock to gather evidence before their hearing. Some refugees face mandatory detention and a 5 year bar on being reunited with their family in Canada. Others have even less time to present their case and are denied the right to an appeal because their countries of origin have been arbitrarily deemed “safe”.

We live in a climate of fear and negative rhetoric.

I am proud of Canada’s history of welcoming strangers. I am proud to keep our doors open to those fleeing grave human rights abuses.  I pledge that I will strive to keep Canada’s doors open now and into the future.

I call on Canada to be a leader for refugee rights. Canada must be fair to refugees, respect their basic rights and open doors that have closed.

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