REFUGEE RIGHTS DAY IN CANADA CAMPAIGN – APRIL 2 TO 4

In support of the Canadian Council for Refugees “Proud to Protect Refugees” initiative leading up to Refugee Rights Day in Canada (April 4th, 2014), WUSC Guelph is running an information-spreading, knowledge-gaining, participation-encouraging campaign this week!

ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 2nd, we’re giving away t-shirts to be worn on Refugee Rights Day, FRIDAY APRIL 4th. 

Drop by THE UNIVERSITY CENTRE COURTYARD to pick up your shirt, meet the WUSC Guelph Local Committee, and find out more about refugee rights in Canada! A reminder will be sent out to participants on Thursday April 3rd, with more information about why this day matters to many Canadians, and how YOU can be proud to protect refugees in Canada.

On Friday April 4, don’t forget to wear your shirt and join us in Branion Plaza at 12:20 for a group photo!

We will be tweeting, facebooking, and talking about how Canada can do better for people who come here seeking safety from persecution, violence, and danger in their home countries. Some great links to get you started in your knowledge search:

Challenging The Myths: The Truth About Canadian Refugee Law

Canadian Council for Refugees: About refugees and Canada’s response

Did you know… ? Facts about refugees and refugee claimants in Canada

Canadian Doctors For Refugee Care: Issues with changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program

Keep up with us on Facebook HERE! Don’t forget: April 2nd, come pick up your shirt, and April 4th, wear your shirt to help spread knowledge and awareness about refugee issues in Canada!

Click below the cut to see more about Refugee Rights Day …proud2protect

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.

Canada should strive to be proud to protect refugees, because …

  1. Defending human rights by protecting the world’s most vulnerable citizens is an essential Canadian value
  2. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly with respect and dignity
  3. Refugees who have been welcomed in our communities enrich our lives
  4. Many Canadians are alive today because they or their parents found refuge here
  5. As a leader in the world community, Canada must honour our international obligations towards refugees that we have signed and ratified

 

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