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Bangladeshi Man Fighting Deportation to the United States and Bangladesh

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Iftekar Rana has been a Canadian resident for five years, he has been an excellent student and presently works full time as a restaurant manager.

He faces severe risk of physical harm if he is deported to the United States, where he would face prolonged detention and then removal to Bangladesh. As a political organizer in Bangladesh, Mr Rana fled the country in 2005 coming to Canada via the United States. His family members have faced financial extortion in the recent past.

Iftekar Rana's refugee claim and claims that his life would be in danger in Bangladesh have been denied by Immigration authorities. The stay motion is this Monday – December 8, 2008. If stayed, the review is on December 18, 2008.

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Laibar Singhs 'Return' to India

Update from No One Is Illegal-Vancouver

Dear friends and allies,

As you all might have heard by now, Mr. Laibar Singh will be returning to India.

In a statement released by his legal counsel Peter Edelmann to media via No One Is Illegal “Mr. Laibar Singh intends to present himself to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for removal to India. On a number of recent occasions agents from CBSA have attended at the Abbortsford Gurudwara- despite the clear indication that it was a sanctuary zone- to tell Mr. Singh that there was no chance for him to remain in Canada. Mr. Singh continues to hope that the Canadian government will allow him to remain on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, but is no longer able to endure this state of limbo. He is thankful to all his supporters for their kindness.”

UPDATE: UofT Student and his Family Deported! Fight for Don't Ask Don't Tell and Sanctuary Schools Continues


Toronto- Below the stormy skies of U of T's St.George Campus, hundreds of students, campus workers and faculty rallied outside the Sidney Smith Building to demand a stop to the deportation of Saad Alam and his family.

"I never imagined that I would get this much support from so many people," expressed the 23 year old U of T student, to a crowd of cheering supporters.

Slated for deportation in less than a week, the Alam family and supporters kicked of an emergency campaign demanding the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration use her discretionary authority to grant them a Ministerial Permit to allow them to stay in Canada.

Woman tired of hiding in church sanctuary

But she's afraid deportation to Nigeria will mean genital mutilation
Sept. 14, 2008 - Sun Media
Tom Godfrey

A Nigerian mom who's been hiding in a Port Credit church for two years in her bid to avoid deportation and possible female circumcision says her sanctuary has now become a prison .

Ola Akinwalere, 44, and her Canadian-born daughter, Alice, 12, say they face gender mutilation if removed to Lagos, where a form of female circumcision is exercised by some tribal clans.

"I am most worried about my daughter," Akinwalere said from a tiny apartment in the basement of Trinity Anglican Church on Stavebank Rd., near Lakeshore and Mississauga Rds. "I cannot take my daughter back to Nigeria with me."

She claims never to have collected welfare during her 18 years in Canada and upgraded her education to become a social worker.

Queer Nigerian Woman and Her Children Win Deferral of Deportation! Join the Fight to Win Them Permanent Status

TORONTO - July 7 2008 - No One Is Illegal-Toronto organised alongside parishoners from a Scarborough-based Presbyterian Church and Parkdale Community Legal Services to put a temporary stop to the deportation of single mother and her children fleeing gender violence in Nigeria.

Jane Okojie is a both a victim of domestic & sexual violence in Nigeria, and was beaten by local villagers when her bisexuality was discovered. If sent back to Nigeria, she is at great risk of persecution. She has a 12 year old Nigerian son (Samuel) who she also brought to Canada from Nigeria, as well as a one year old Canadian citizen child. Jane faces possible arrest, in light of laws prohibiting same sex marriage, and serious violence if forced to return.


Wednesday, March 26
4700 Keele Street
York University, Vari Hall

12:30pm. Buses leaving from 12 Hart House Circle (U of T)

Students and faculty from campuses across Toronto will descend on York University on Wednesday afternoon to protect one of their own. Sarah (Saintsierra Leonty), 20, a student of International Development Studies at York University faces imminent deportation to St. Lucia unless her application to stay on humanitarian grounds is accepted.

Sarah volunteers at Beatrice House, a women's shelter, and works at a local café and knitting shop. Though she won the Herb Carnegie award and recognition from the lieutenant-governor for her community service work, the former Student Council President was forced to quit University when she could not afford the high international fees.

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