Criminalizing Refuge & Solidarity
The Montreal Holocaust Museum, Médecins Sans Frontières Canada, and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism invite you to a panel discussion on criminalizing refugees with Professor François Crépeau, Rachel Kiddell-Monroe and Hany Shokair. Laura-Julie Perreault, editorial writer for La Presse, will act as moderator.
While global forced displacements are hitting record highs, states have increasingly implemented restrictive measures as part of their security agenda that further criminalize migrants and asylum seekers. The criminalization of forced migration violates international refugee and human rights law. Furthermore, aid workers are banned from helping refugees, resulting in what NGOs have called the “criminalization of solidarity.”
François Crépeau is Full Professor and the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, as well as the Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Pr Crépeau was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants from 2011 to 2017.
Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer, a humanitarian practitioner and sits on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) board. She is the founding President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, a Professor of Practice at McGill University and the executive director and founder of SeeChange initiative, a non-profit working on radical community first approaches
Hany Shokair is a refugee from Syria who has been living in Montreal since 2018. Before coming to Canada, he worked with refugees in Lebanon, especially women, children and LGBT groups. Since his arrival in Canada, he has continued to fight for political and social justice, which he was prohibited from doing in his home country.
Laura-Julie Perreault, is a journalist and editorialist for La Presse. She covers international news, including mass atrocities.