Wednesday, April 4th 2018 is celebrated as Refugee Rights Day, under the theme: “Protecting refugees = stronger communities: advocacy”. The Canadian Council of Refugee (CCR) invites members and others to take action in advocating on behalf of Refugees in Canada on their “right to life, liberty and security and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”- Supreme Court’s 1985 Singh decision
This year’s theme seeks to;
- Resettle 20,000 government-assisted refugees annually.
- Ensure applications of privately sponsored refugees are processed within 12 months.
- Reform the refugee determination system so that all claimants have access to a fair hearing before an expert independent tribunal (the Immigration and Refugee Board).
Since the end of the Second World War, over three-quarters of a million refugees have made a new home in Canada. All Canadians can be proud of the best parts of our tradition of welcoming refugees. Refugee families have continued to enrich the country of Canada with their diverse culture as they contribute positively in a number of ways.
For more information about Refugee Rights Day, please visit the Canadian Council for Refugees Website: http://ccrweb.ca/en/meetings
Following this day, the International Refugee Rights Conference will be held June 7-9, 2018 at York University Toronto, Canada, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of NGOs in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants, through discussions and other global impacts surrounding refugees
For more information: http://ccrweb.ca/en/meetings
The Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organization (MANSO) is a proud supporter of Refugee Rights Day as we join hands and voices in protecting and advocating for our refugees.