Friday, March 17, 2017
Queen's University legal expert Sharry Aiken is available to comment on news that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted a request filed by a team of legal scholars in Canada and the US to participate in a hearing on the impact of President Trump’s Executive Orders on human rights in the United States.
The group’s request focuses on the impact of President Trump’s Executive Orders on the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). Under the agreement, Canada will turn away asylum seekers who arrive at the border through the U.S. because the U.S can adequately address their claim as a “safe third country.” The scholars argue that the recent immigration bans issued by the Trump administration mean the U.S. can no longer be considered safe for refugees. Amongst other requests, the group is calling for the suspension of the agreement.
Professor Aiken is an associate professor at Queen’s Law. She is an expert on immigration and refugee law and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of precedent setting immigration cases. Her research focuses on the controversies, complexities and challenges posted by immigration and border security.
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The full text of the media release issued by Professor Aiken and her colleagues is attached below.
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