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A Syrian refugee holds up a sign with a portrait of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a protest outside the headquarters of the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, demanding to be moved out of Lebanon, in September 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are misled on their chances of coming to Canada

As countries around the world develop their own private sponsorship systems, they should acknowledge how elusive refugee status can be. Policy-makers should proceed accordingly.
In this October 2011 photo, members of the Royal New Zealand defense force pump sea water into holding tanks ready to be used by the desalination plant in Funafuti, Tuvalu, South Pacific. The atolls of Tuvalu are at grave risk due to rising sea levels and contaminated ground water. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

UN ruling could be a game-changer for climate refugees and climate action

A recent ruling by the UN's Human Rights Committee recognized that climate refugees do exist, and acknowledged a legal basis for protecting them when their lives are threatened by climate change.
The UN committee urged Australia to end offshore processing and bring the men on Manus to Australia or another safe country. AAP

UN slams Australia’s human rights record

The UN report findings show that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia's human rights record.

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