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Deportation Canada: A report-back on the Struggle of the Arellano-Diaz Family

Two weeks ago, the Arellano-Diaz family was deported to Mexico on board Mexicana Airlines flight 881 from Dorval. Three years earlier, the family settled in Montreal, having fled persecution by the policia judicial (or judicial police) in Mexico.

Three months before their deportation, the Arellano-Diaz family was forced underground, their refugee claim refused, and all other legal recourses exhausted - due in part to incompetent legal representation, and despite the fact that members of the family bear marks of violence inflicted by the judicial police on their bodies. This decision was made even as the Immigration and Refugee board (IRB);s own Country Report for Mexico notes the corruption and persistent human rights abuses perpetrated by police forces in Mexico.

Victory for Mohamed Cherfi

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Mohamed CherfiA Canada-wide campaign to protest the Canadian governments deportation of Mohamed and to bring Mohamed home has been ongoing. Given this increasing pressure, there has been a victory for Cherfi! The Board of Immigration Appeal in the United States has just recognized Mohamed Cherfi as a political refugee by overturning the refusal handed down by a U.S. Immigration Court judge on October 22, 2004.

1) Joint press release, Mohamed Cherfi Solidarity Committee and others

2) AP News Article, June 1

3) Backgrounder on Mohamed Cherfi

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