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Acknowledging and Advancing Refugee Rights in Canada: Refugee Rights Day

Apr 4, 2014, 12pm-2pm

Refugee Rights Day in Canada is held every year on April 4 to mark the day on which the Supreme Court of Canada issued its famous 1985 Singh decision that found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees.

The Singh decision was one of the first cases that dealt with Section 7 of the Charter that guarantees, “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.” The Court ruled that “everyone” means all persons in Canada, including refugees. The Court also ruled that refugee claimants are entitled to an oral hearing according to the principles of fundamental justice and international law.

This year’s distinguished expert panel will consider the current state of refugee rights in Canada. Come join us in acknowledging and recognizing Refugee Rights Day in Canada.

Panellists:

  • Barbara Jackman, barrister and solicitor, Jackman, Nazami and Associates;
  • Loly Rico, president of Canadian Council of Refugees and co-director of FCJ Refugee Centre; and
  • Ken Sandhu, interim chairperson, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Panel moderator: Professor James C. Simeon, director, School of Public Policy and Administration, York University.


Location:Senior Common Room, 1410 McLaughlin College
Sponsor:Co-sponsored by McLaughlin, Masterís Office, Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) and SPPA
Posted by:Lorraine Myrie
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