Refugee Rights Day April 4

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Refugee Rights Day is celebrated each year in Canada on April 4th.

What is Refugee Rights Day?

April 4th is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1985 Singh decision.

In this decision the Supreme Court found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees. The Court decided that ‘everyone’ includes refugee claimants in the sentence: ‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.’ 

Refugee claimants are therefore entitled to an oral hearing, in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice and international law.

For more information:

Supreme Court of Canada - decision: Singh versus the Minister of Employment and Immigration

Listen to lawyer Barbara Jackman: Reflections on the 1985 Singh Decision

Check out our youtube playlist on the significance of the Singh decision.