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Supreme Court case to decide on fundamental rights for migrant detainees

By Swathi Sekhar, Macdonald Scott      

The public safety minister’s current challenge to the right for migrants to use habeas corpus emphasizes the government’s continued assault on the rights of migrants in Canada.

A Supreme Court of Canada case being heard Nov. 14 challenges the government’s—represented by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale—practice of holding immigrant detainees indefinitely. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case on Nov. 14 to decide whether migrants detained for immigration purposes have the right to challenge their detention using the long-cherished right of habeas corpus. Nine local organizations are intervening in the case of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, et al. v. Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina, including our group, the End Immigration Detention Network. This network is composed of detained migrants, ex-detainees, and community members, and works for an end to immigration detention, or at least to impose a strict limit on how long people can be held for immigration purposes.

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