Event: International Humanitarian Law in Action: Putting People First

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Protection of Civilians in the Context of Displacement             Click on the image or here to download the event flyer.   Join us as we explore the role that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) plays in dealing with contemporary challenges to the protection of civilians in the situation of armed conflict. The conference will bring together …

Canada and the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA)

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Effective since 2004, the Safe Third-Country Agreement (STCA) is a bilateral treaty between the United States and Canada that requires a refugee claimant to request refugee protection in the first country they reach, whether the United States or Canada.

The Global Compacts: A Primer

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Here is the first piece in a three-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees and Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This one is a primer on the two Global Compacts. It maps out each Global Compact’s development process and set of objectives. October 29, 2018 By Sonal Marwah In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly …

Syria: Fractured by war

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No war in recent history has been as divisive as the war in Syria. In addition to fracturing Syrian society, it has galvanized, polarized, and even radicalized those who have reported on it. While President Bashar al-Assad’s cheerleading squad has brought together an amalgamation of unlikely supporters, ranging from White Nationalists to Shia militants, the advocates of regime change have …

Reflecting on current problems and possible solutions

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By Sonal Marwah and Michelle Ball* On June 20, we celebrate World Refugee Day. The occasion focuses attention on the plight of refugees and displaced people around the world, but also celebrates their strength and perseverance as they build new lives. It is a time to remember that today, one in every 113 people on Earth has been forced to …

Event: The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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Join us as for a free public event to mark Refugee Rights Day. When: Tuesday April 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow Where: Grebel gallery (4th floor), Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo FREE ADMISSION Register at smarwah@ploughshares.ca An interdisciplinary panel of experts and practitioners from the United States and Canada will discuss the Canada-U.S. …

Burma-Myanmar (1988 – first combat deaths)

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Burma-Myanmar (1988 – first combat deaths)     Summary Type of Conflict Parties to the Conflict Status of the Fighting Number of Deaths Political Developments Background Arms Source Economic Factors       The Conflict at a Glance Who (are the main combatants): Ethnic insurgency groups have thus fought military (now central) control, particularly in Rakhine State, where the Muslim minority …

Q&A:The journey of an ‘irregular’ refugee claimant to Canada

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‘Mary” is a mother of three and a refugee claimant currently living in Toronto. Originally from Guinea, she went to the United States with her mother as a teenager, but never gained legal status there. After some years, she paid a smuggler to bring her and her children to Canada, to escape an abusive partner. She is currently awaiting a …

Is the Safe Third Country Agreement putting refugee claimants at risk?

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In December 2016, Razak Iyal (35) and Seidu Mohammed (24) attempted to cross irregularly into Manitoba from North Dakota. Before being rescued by a passing transport truck, they suffered severe frostbite that cost them their fingers. By June of this year, both men, originally from Ghana, had applied for refugee status in Canada. Why did Iyal and Mohammed undertake such …

Legal challenge of Safe Third Country Agreement launched

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News Release: The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council of Churches announced today that they are launching a legal challenge of the designation of the United States as a safe third country for refugees. “The US was never safe for all refugees, and is now even less safe,” said Loly Rico, President of the …