Decision against third safe country appealed

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned an earlier decision which found the Safe Third Country Agreement violated international and Canadian law. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement persons seeking refugee protection must make a claim in the first country they arrive in, whether it is the United States or Canada. Among other things, the appeal court rejected the earlier conclusion that the US is not a safe country for refugees, in part because the Americans do not respect international conventions against returning claimants to countries where they face torture. Read the original decision, Canada v. Canadian Council for Refugees (2008 FCA 40) and the most recent decision, Canada v. Canada (Council for refugees) (2008 FCA 229). You can also read a press release by the Canadian Council of Refugees, "Rights Groups Express Dismay with Appeal Court Ruling on Safe Third Country."