HELP REFUGEES FLEEING TRUMP
Executive Orders signed in the United States violate the
human rights of refugees.
Thousands of men, women and children are being arrested and detained by immigration authorities, merely for
THE USA IS NO LONGER
A SAFE PLACE FOR REFUGEES
In 2017 Executive Orders were issued that 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
the Executive Orders (EOs) include calls for a new regime of large-scale
detention, expanded expedited removal without due process, deputizing of state
and local officials to detain individuals suspected of immigration violations,
and aggressive criminal prosecution for unauthorized entry, a means by which
many seek access to asylum protection.
The April 2018 ‘zero-tolerance’ policy separates and
detains asylum seeking children and parents, and intentionally inflicts severe
mental suffering on families for coercive purposes.
Third Country Agreement’ between Canada and the United States means that, in most cases, asylum
seekers in the USA must make their refugee claim there, instead of in Canada –
since it assumes the US is a ‘safe’ country which upholds international human
rights and the Refugee Convention. There is an exception for those who do not
cross at official border crossings, which is why so many people have made the
difficult – and often dangerous – decision to cross into Canada irregularly.
The US practices and policies curtail asylum seekers’
ability to meaningfully pursue refugee claims in the United States, and greatly increase the risk
that individuals with viable refugee claims will be deported to countries where
they face persecution.
Canada must act immediately to distance its refugee policy from the USA and rescind the Safe Third Country agreement so that refugees who turn to Canada are able to do so.
Amnesty International: Canada must strip USA of “safe third country” designation for refugee claimants
The US is less safe for refugees than ever, evidence filed in court challenge shows (July 4, 2018)
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