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Canada: Don't Abandon Refugees at Risk in the U.S.
One week into his administration, President Trump signed executive orders that violate the human rights and safety of refugees. Hundreds of people were arrested and detained by immigration authorities, for no other reason than their nationality. Untold numbers of others were refused permission to travel to the United States. Despite a federal court’s temporary blockage of the Muslim ban, the situation remains volatile, unpredictable and dangerous for refugees. Canada must act now to protect refugees at risk in the United States. Join our call on the Canadian government to immediately rescind the ‘Safe Third Country Agreement’ with the U.S. so that refugees who turn to Canada for protection are able to do so. The Canada-U.S. ‘Safe Third Country Agreement’ means that most asylum seekers in the U.S. must make their refugee claim there, instead of in Canada. The agreement is based on the assumption that the U.S. is a “safe” country. The United States is no longer a safe country for refugees. President Trump’s executive orders blatantly violate international refugee and human rights legal obligations, including under the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture. Some of the decisions such as the indefinite suspension of Syrian refugee resettlement, and the decision to deny admission to the United State for nationals of seven predominately Muslim countries for 90 days, have had an immediate impact. While these executive orders have been challenged in court, the orders and court challenges have led to confusion in the administration of the order. It is unclear as to when the impact of other changes, such as the call for large scale immigration detention, an expansion of expedited removal without due process, the ability of state and local officials to detain people suspected of immigration violations, and criminal prosecutions for unauthorized entry, will be felt. Some issues, such as President Trump’s frequent indications that he believes that torture is effective, linger as ominous indications of what might be to come. Amid a global emergency in which 21 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution, the move by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful countries to block off the avenue of resettlement and potentially criminalize people for seeking asylum is nothing short of appalling. Canada cannot wait to see how things continue to develop in the days and weeks to come. Canada must immediately rescind designation of the United States as a “safe third country” and give refugees an opportunity to seek asylum in Canada.
Canada: Sign the global treaty to end torture
30 YEARS AGO the world agreed to ban the use of torture, but it still thrives in more than 100 countries, behind closed doors and in hidden corners of prisons and detention centres where no one is watching. A new global treaty will open those doors and shine light into those corners, finally ensuring we wipe out torture everywhere and forever – but Canada has not yet added its signature. Canada can be part of the solution by signing the global treaty to end torture. The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OP CAT) will open prisons and detention centres to regular national and international inspections to ensure there are no conditions that allow torture and ill-treatment to take place. OP CAT will prevent torture from happening – but only if enough countries sign on. Canada banned torture and ill-treatment in law years ago, but still has not signed on to the OP CAT treaty. Why the delay? The studies have been done. The oversight bodies are in place. All that is needed is the political will and leadership to finish the process. It's time for Canada to be a strong international voice for torture prevention. How can Canada push other governments to stop torture if we have not made the full commitment ourselves? Call on Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion and Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale to ensure Canada fully commits to ending the use of torture around the world.
Help reunite families divided by prison walls
A year ago, Phyoe Phyoe Aung was jailed for organizing a peaceful student protest in Myanmar. Her husband, James, was detained soon after. Stand up for their freedom. By joining Amnesty International, you will continue our work of reuniting thousands of families torn apart by injustice. Join us!