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UN message to Canada: Detention should be used only as a last resort for migrants

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Renu Mandhane opened her three-minute presentation to the United Nations in an unconventional way.

She read a letter from Tyron Richard, a 27-year-old immigration detainee inside the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, ON. 

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New reports slam Canada's immigration detention system

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Two new reports released last month from the University of Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network detail the systemic flaws and inhumane treatment of immigration detainees, dubbing the entire system a "legal black hole."

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Tonight in Vancouver, there will be a vigil to honour the life of Lucia Vega Jimenez, demand justice and call for reform.

On December 28, 2013, Lucia Vega Jimenez committed suicide while in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Vega Jimenez hung herself on December 19 and died on December 28. The Agency subsequently kept her death a secret for more than a month and according to some reports forced her sister, Martha, to sign a non-disclosure secrecy agreement once she arrived in Canada to support her sister in the hospital.

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