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Coalition urges parties to support female refugees

A women's advocacy coalition group held a rally and discussion panel Thursday urging federal party leaders to make violence against women an issue in the upcoming election.

The group "No one is illegal" is rallying in support of a woman who is in Canada illegally but wants to be accepted into the country as a refugee. The woman is afraid to return to her ex-husband in Mexico, the group says.

Meanwhile, a women's coalition group spoke to reporters earlier in the day about asking federal parties to speak out on how they would use Canada's immigration system to help protect women.

"The state, we feel, has a responsibility for women's human rights," said Shanaaz Gokool with Amnesty International. "They must respect, protect and fulfill. The state has a responsibility, whether abuses are committed by the state or non-state actors."

They say they've heard from the NDP and Green parties but have yet to hear from the Conservatives or the Liberals.

Stop deporting women escaping violence, activists say

October 02, 2008 - The Toronto Star

Refugee and women's activists are calling for an immediate stay on deportation orders against immigrant women trying to stay in Canada as a sanctuary against violence.

Amnesty International and the YWCA joined the immigrant rights group No One Is Illegal today to demand the four federal parties take a stand on an immigration system that they say doesn't live up to Canada's own policies of human rights protection.

"Canada was one of the first countries to recognize" violence against women as grounds for a refugee claim, said the YWCA's Ann Dector. "We honour that on paper but not in practice."

One arm of the Immigration and Refugee Board has guidelines about women asking for refugee status because of domestic violence, but not all parts of the system follow that, said Dector.

Students protest deportation of peer and his family

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Julie Slack
October 1, 2008

More than 50 University of Toronto Mississauga students were among a large group protesting the deportation of a city student and his parents Sept. 30 in Toronto.

Bangladeshi immigrant Badrul and Shammi Alam and their son, Saad, lost their bid for refugee status in 2004. They had launched two appeals, one based on compassionate grounds, the other on fear of persecution. Both were unsuccessful and the family's deportation has been set for this Friday.
Saad Alam, 23, is entering his third year toward a life sciences and psychology degree at U of T's St. George campus.

"It's not a fair decision but I understand we have to go back," said his father, whose appeal was based on the risk of harm because of his Jatiya Party connections in Bangladesh.

Fighting to change Canada's 'Draconian' immigration system

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Recent protest held at Christie Pits Park aims to stop amendments to Bill C-50

May 8, 2008 12:14 PM

Stories of unpaid wages, low pay, fear and intimidation and threats of detention and deportation are all too common for temporary foreign workers and workers without status in Canada, said Faria Kamal, spokesperson for No One is Illegal-Toronto.

On May 3, the community-based organization aimed to raise awareness of the plight of immigrant workers and of the proposed amendments to the Immigration and Protection Act Bill C-50 by way of the National Day of Action for Status held at Christie Pits Park. The protest was held in concert with similar events occurring in other Canadian cities. Marchers also congregated in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood, joining those at Christie Pits for the rally.

Xinhua China Daily: Rallies in Canada protest deportation of illegal workers

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Updated: 2006-05-28

Thousands of immigrants, refugees and their supporters gathered Saturday in several of Canada's big cities to protest the deportation of illegal workers.

In the biggest city of Toronto, where illegal workers amount to 80,000, about 1,000 protesters went to the streets, including several parliament members of opposition parties.

Protests were also held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton to demand the federal government immediately grant permanent resident or landed immigrant status to all illegal workers, estimated at 500,000 across the country.

The marchers complained about Canadian Border Services Agency officers of targeting non-status workers in shopping malls and subways, and using children as bait to nab parents.

Canada's Conservative government took on a tough stance on illegal immigrants, having deported plane loads of undocumented workers since April.

CP: Immigrants take to streets to protest deportation of non-status workers

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Canadian Press
Saturday, May 27, 2006

TORONTO (CP) - Hundreds of immigrants, refugees and their supporters demonstrated in Toronto Saturday against the deportation of illegal workers.

Protesters are calling on the federal government to immediately grant permanent resident or landed immigrant status to all illegal workers.

Marchers in Toronto accused Canada Border Services Agency officers of targeting non-status workers in shopping malls and subways, and using children as bait to nab parents.

New Democrat Toronto MP Olivia Chow says she expects a motion asking the government to temporarily halt deportations will pass at the committee level and come before the House of Commons this coming week.

Organizers say the number of Canada's undocumented workers has been estimated at 500,000.

Demonstrations were also held in other Canadian cities including Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal.

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