Stand up for human rights, rescind the 'Safe Third Country' agreement.

Call on Canada to rescind the 'Safe Third Country' agreement immediately.


Executive Orders being signed in the United States are violating the human rights of refugees.

Hundreds, if not thousands of people continue to be at risk of being arrested and detained by immigration authorities, merely for seeking asylum.


The Executive Orders 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 Torture. 

The ‘Safe Third Country Agreement’ between Canada and the United States means that asylum seekers in the USA must make their refugee claim there, instead of in Canada – since it assumes the US is a ‘safe’ country. 

Two of 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 Executive Orders will curtail asylum seekers’ ability to meaningfully pursue refugee claims, 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 Party agreement so that refugee claimants who turn to Canada are able to do so.

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Dear Minister Hussen 

Recently signed Executive Orders in the United States demonstrate a total disregard for the rights of refugees.  Crucial principles with respect to non-discrimination, non-refoulement, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, fair trials and the rights of children are being infringed.   

The Canada-USA “Safe Third Country Agreement” assumes that both Canada and the United States respect refugee rights, and bars most refugees already in the United States from seeking protection in Canada.  

The United States cannot be considered “safe” for the purposes of refugee protection.  Hundreds of people have been arrested and detained by immigration authorities, for no other reason than their nationality.  

I call on you to immediately rescind the designation of the United States as a ‘safe third country.’