Toronto - Mayor David Miller has proclaimed April 4 as Refugee Rights Day in Toronto to focus attention on efforts to remove barriers to the reunification of refugee and immigrant families and the importance of protecting the human rights of refugees.
“Despite the obstacles they sometimes face, refugees and immigrants strengthen and enrich our city in so many ways,” said Mayor David Miller. “There are many reasons people leave their homelands whether it be in pursuit of a better life for their families or to flee for safety’s sake. We should take this opportunity to understand the conditions around the world that lead to this migration of people and to dispel the myths and stereotypes about refugees.”
Refugee Rights Day recognizes the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on April 4, 1985 on the “Singh Case” recognizing the right of refugee claimants under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to an oral hearing.
“It has been more than five years since the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act was passed and it is regrettable that the Refugee Appeal Division has not yet been implemented,” said Councillor Janet Davis. “It is time to end refugee claimant decisions by a single decision maker. This is long overdue and the Government of Canada should move quickly.”
To celebrate Refugee Rights Day, two workshops will be held at City Hall in Committee Room 2 on Thursday, April 3 as follows: