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Canada to welcome ‘human rights defenders’, including journalists, as refugees

Canada to welcome ‘human rights defenders’, including journalists, as refugees

ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY CANADA is establishing a dedicated refugee stream for "human rights defenders," including journalists, who may need to seek asylum to escape persecution in their country, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino has announced. The stream - the first of its kind in the world, according to the UN refugee agency - will accommodate 250 people a year, plus their families, and focus on people at heightened risk, such as women, journalists and LGBTQ2 rights advocates. "We must not overlook those who bear witness to these human tragedies, who are active through demonstration and reporting so the…
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