Today, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) underlines its message that everyone is deserving of basic rights and human dignity, not because of their citizenship or their immigration status, but because they are human beings.
For refugees fleeing persecution, Article 14 of the Declaration is key: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” This fundamental right is now part of international and Canadian law. On this basis, anyone who makes a refugee claim at the border or within Canada must be given a chance to explain why they need our protection.
Despite the promise of the Declaration, refugees and migrants still have their rights abused and face exploitation and situations of human trafficking around the world. Migrants are often subject to xenophobia and targeted by divisive politicians.
Canadians can be proud that Canada is showing leadership in bringing countries together to improve respect for the rights of all migrants with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. While the Compact is not legally binding, it offers a pathway of cooperation between countries that will reduce the pressures forcing people to leave their home countries. When people do migrate, this new framework will increase respect for individual rights and allow receiving communities, including in Canada, to benefit more fully from migrants’ contributions.
As a world leader in championing human rights, Canada must strive to do better and respect the rights of refugees and migrants. This means that Canada should:
Thank you to Dr Jizi Moza, Director of the Clinic: Clinica Integral de Atención a Retornados, for sharing his experience working with returnees to El Salvador.
The presentation was very informative, It was great to learn about the impact of deportation on immigrants and how a Comprehensive Care Clinic has been set up in Central America to help them.
Every year, more than 13,000 people are deported from the United States to El Salvador. Dr Jizi Moza explained that many of them do not have access to basic services like health. People who was living for decades are deported to a country they have not seen in years.
FCJ Refugee Centre is making a call to everyone during this season to reflect on generosity and the work the centre does in making society a better place for vulnerable populations.
During this giving season, FCJ Refugee Centre calls on everyone to consider making a gift to show your support for refugees and other precarious migrants.
FCJ Refugee Centre relies on supporters like YOU to carry out important work so that we can walk with uprooted people in our community. We support refugee claimants, those without status, migrant workers, women and children in need of housing, we have a free health clinic, run a vibrant youth group and many other important initiatives that need support!
Please check out the campaign here and join us! https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fcj-refugee-centre/p2p/fall2018campaign/
Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give
together. #GivingTuesday includes people of all ethnicities, religions and
We want to acknowledge the support we received from Roots Canada , we are so excited to gift our residents , children and youth with this warm clothing donations we received!! Thank you
As part of the Holiday Season, FCJ Refugee Center has started to sell Christmas trees at Ikea north York location.
The tree selling season is from November 23th to December 24th. Every time that you buy a tree at this location, you will be supporting newcomers and refugees.
Also when you purchase a natural fir tree for $25 you will receive a coupon for $25 off an IKEA purchase.
To help fund its important work, the FCJ Refugee Centre has launched an ambitious Fall fundraising and awareness-raising campaign that includes several ways to support the centre. Please check it out here and join us!
We would like to invite you to help us keep celebrating by donating $25.00 (or more) to ensure our continued commitment to “walking with uprooted people.”
Celebrating the canonization of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero. You are invited to the events to celebrate the life of the first human rights ombudsman in El Salvador.
Please find the information on our upcoming activities and events.
The Summer Newsletter edition is dedicated to our Ride for Refuge event on September 29th 2018/.
We are looking for your support!!
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Come join the FCJ Refugee Centre teams and ride/walk and help us to help provide services for refugees! The Ride for Refuge on Saturday, September 29, 2018 is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraiser that supports charities who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable and exploited people everywhere.
JOIN ONE OF THE FCJ REFUGEE CENTRE TEAMS
If you want to ride/walk with us or make a donation please follow the link:
“It is inhumane to risk making refugee claimants homeless to make a political statement. It is in violation of our international obligations and tradition, and Canadian values of social justice and human rights said Francisco Rico, co-director of FCJ Refugee Centre.
Recently Ontario civil society groups and refugee advocates urged the Government of Ontario to remain engaged in intergovernmental collaboration to resettle the large numbers of refugee claimants arriving irregularly in Canada from the United States.
Refugee advocates urge Ontario to stay at the table
Toronto/July 6, 2018/ – Ontario civil society groups and refugee advocates urge the Government of Ontario to remain engaged in intergovernmental collaboration to resettle the large numbers of refugee claimants arriving irregularly in Canada from the United States.
The Ontario government has indicated it will step back from cooperating with the federal government on resettling refugee claimants. The Ontario response was reported by media following a recent meeting of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration attended by Lisa McLeod, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.
“We believe Ontario must be at the table to speak to the interests and priorities of municipalities that are trying to resettle refugee claimants in their communities” said Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. “The right of refugee claimants to seek protection is safeguarded in Canadian law, which builds on Canada’s international obligations” she added.
“Ontario has called on the federal government to cover the costs of refugee resettlement. If they really want the province and municipalities to be compensated they must be at the table” said Francisco Rico-Martinez of the Coalition of Service Providers for Refugee Claimants in Ontario. “It is inhumane to risk making refugee claimants homeless to make a political statement. It is in violation of our international obligations and tradition, and Canadian values of social justice and human rights” he added.
“We are deeply disturbed by politicians and media inaccurately describing refugee claimants as illegal entrants into Canada. Asylum seekers have the legal right to cross the border to make a refugee claim” said Lobat Sadrehashemi, President of Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.
The Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States prevents asylum seekers from making a refugee claim at a regular border crossing. As a result they are entering Canada irregularly in order to ask for asylum, which is not illegal.
“Refugee claimants are among the most vulnerable in our society. We all have a responsibility to treat them with respect and dignity and ensure their rights are protected” said Shalini Konanur, Executive Director of South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. “Most importantly our own laws and the international treaties signed by Canada require us to do so” she added.
“Toronto and many of the surrounding municipalities had housing challenges long before the current increase of refugee claimant arrivals. Blaming Ontario’s housing crisis on vulnerable refugee claimants who cannot fight back is reprehensible and does great harm to claimants” said Avvy Go of Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change. “Refugee claimants should never be used as pawns by anyone, let alone our political leaders” she added.
Ontario leads the country in the resettlement of refugees, playing a prominent role in fulfilling Canada’s international humanitarian commitments. We have a strong tradition of welcoming refugees and refugee claimants, and they require coordinated assistance from all three levels of government in order to succeed.
As civil society groups and refugee advocates that support this statement, we call for leadership from all three orders of government in the resettlement of refugee claimants. We also call on political leaders and media organizations to respect the rights of refugee claimants. This includes using responsible language and factual reporting in order not to inflame anti-refugee sentiment.
Released by OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Coalition of Service Providers for Refugee Claimants in Ontario, Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change, OHIP For All, Refugee Lawyers Association and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Debbie Douglas, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants email@example.com or Amy Casipullai, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants firstname.lastname@example.org
Francisco Rico-Martinez – Coalition of Service Providers for Refugee Claimants in Ontario email@example.com
Avvy Go – Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change firstname.lastname@example.org
Ritika Goel – OHIP For All email@example.com
Raoul Boulakia – Refugee Lawyers Association firstname.lastname@example.org
Shalini Konanur – South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario email@example.com