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Canadian courts overriding immigration officials on deportation of fearful women

posted Feb 28, 2011, 9:45 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 9:45 AM ]
By Don Butler, Postmedia News February 28, 2011 6:22 AM
OTTAWA — The parallels in the five refugee cases are striking. All feature women seeking to remain in Canada because of well-founded fears for their safety in their home countries.

All had their applications rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board or officers of Citizenship and Immigration Canada even though, in 1993, Canada became the first country in the world to establish formal guidelines for refugee claims by women facing gender-related persecution.

And in the past month, the Federal Court has overturned all five decisions and ordered new hearings.

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