Refugee rights and wrongs: from persecution in Sri Lanka to detention in Canada

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 23:00 to Friday, November 13, 2009 - 02:00

Concerned about the rise of racist, anti-immigrant sentiments since the recent arrival of 76 Tamil refugees on Vancouver shores? Unsure about what's going on in Sri Lanka and the connections of the Canadian government to the war abroad? Curious about the ongoing changes Jason Kenney has been making to Canada's immigration system?

No One is Illegal-Vancouver invites you to an informative discussion regarding The Ocean Lady and its consequences for those concerned with migrant justice in Canada. Join us as a panel of advocates, researchers, and community activists discuss the current context of war in Sri Lanka, the latest in the Conservative government's systematic attack on migrant rights, and popular myths and realities about the Canadian immigration system and international migration policy. Come and share your thoughts as we discuss the media coverage of the detention of the 76 Tamil Migrants and strategize alternate ways to talk about the issues that really matter.

At a time when attacks on Indigenous, migrant, and racialized communities both locally and globally are widespread and increasing; in the context of the ongoing War of Terror and repressive "anti-terrorist" legislation; and in a city preparing for one of the most destructive displays of corporate greed and land exploitation imaginable, the 2010 Olympics; these conversations are more urgent than ever. We look forward to holding them together.

Speakers: Fathima Cader, Law Students of Colour United Peggy Lee, Human Rights Advocate Mariana Payet, Jason Kenney Watchdog. Facilitated by: Proma Tagore, No One is Illegal-Vancouver.


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