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Leading human rights groups challenge Safe Third Country Agreement at Supreme Court of Canada

Three leading Canadian human rights organizations, the Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International Canada, and The Canadian Council of Churches, together with eight individual applicants, will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday, October 6 to call for an end to a policy that cruelly bars many people from seeking refugee protection in …

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“Preserving Our Shared Humanity”: A Statement on Autonomous Weapons by the Commission on Justice and Peace

In a recent letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Council’s Commission on Justice and Peace called on the Government of Canada to support international efforts to ban fully autonomous weapons systems.    According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), autonomous weapons can be understood as those “that can independently select and …

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Supreme Court Decision to hear Safe Third Country Agreement appeal is a Promising Step for Refugee Rights

The Canadian Council of Churches, Amnesty International, and The Canadian Council for Refugees are welcoming the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to review the constitutionality of the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). This decision follows a long history of legal challenges to the Agreement, including two recent court rulings. In July 2020, the Federal Court …

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Federal Court of Appeal decision disappointing but acknowledges ineffectiveness of review process

The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International and The Canadian Council of Churches responded with disappointment to the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision overturning the lower court’s ruling that the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) is unconstitutional. Although it allowed the government’s appeal, the Court pointed to potential shortcomings in the review process for …

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Federal Court of Appeal must uphold decision to strike down Safe Third Country Agreement

On 23 and 24 February, the Federal Court of Appeal will hear the Canadian government’s appeal of a decision finding that the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) is unconstitutional. Amnesty International (AI), the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), and The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) will once again join individual refugee claimants as their …

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Important update on the Safe Third Country Agreement

OTTAWA – The Safe Third Country Agreement will be back in court on Feb. 23 and 24, as the Canadian government seeks to overturn a decision that the US-Canada refugee pact is unconstitutional. Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees, and the Canadian Council of Churches, will once again join individual litigants in arguing the …

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Commission for Justice and Peace to Include Climate Justice in 2018-21 Triennial Priorities

On September 18, 2019,  the Commission on Justice and Peace of The Canadian Council of Churches voted to adopt the following proposal to include the issue of climate change in their priorities for the 2018-21 Triennium: Addressing Climate Change has been identified as urgent and a crisis. There is growing awareness of and energy for …

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