Mark Refugee Rights Day on Friday, April 4th 2014
How will you mark Refugee Rights Day this April 4th? Here are some ideas to take action as a group or as an individual this Refugee Rights Day.
Proud to protect refugees
Recent changes in Canada have increased negative talk and make it tougher for refugees to find protection and to feel welcome.
Join the Proud to Protect Refugees campaign to help change the conversation and promote a positive vision of what we want for refugees and other vulnerable migrants, and of the important contributions they make to our communities.
Here's what you can do this April 4th:
- Pledge to stand for a Canada that is strong on rights for refugees
- Reach out to local community groups and kick off plans to join the cross-Canada Walk with refugees for a stronger Canada in June 2014
For other actions and activities check the Proud to Protect Refugees webpage
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.
Pledge to stand for a Canada that is strong on rights for refugees
Get Involved: Walk with refugees for a stringer Canada
Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) webpage on the Singh decision
Supreme Court of Canada - decision: Singh versus the Minister of Employment and Immigration