To be treated with respect and dignity is the right of all Canadian immigrants. Manitoba has seen a large increase in refugees. Manitobans for Human Rights supports the agencies helping refugees assimilate into our province and will work to help protect their human rights.
Manitoba welcomes thousands of new residents every year, from other places within Canada and places all around the world. Each person has their own history, connection and personal story.
Refugees represent a very special group of people who are seeking protection from a hostile situation. More than any other new Manitobans, refugees need our special consideration and protection.
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries. (UNHCR)
We may be most familiar with well publicized groups of refugees fleeing war-torn areas featured on TV news and interviewed upon their arrival.
Refugees can come from almost any country in the world, ones that we may be surprised to learn that can have people who need to flee persecution for their activism, sexual orientation, ethnic background or any other reason.
It is worth noting that while refugees are often relieved to be living in a safer place, they may be eager to return to their home countries as soon as it is safe for them to do so. And while in Manitoba, they may need to keep a low profile for their own safety, or may be motivated to actively work toward the improvement of the situation of their communities and families in the country they fled.
The MHRI Refugee Committee is comprised of people with personal refugee experience or connections to this community.
Manitobans for Human Rights (MHR) has taken a unique and innovative approach to form their Steering Committee. The committee will include individuals from community groups representing different human rights issues. Together the members of the MHR Steering Committee will collaborate, learn from one another, and then as a group, prioritize one specific issue that will draw on their mutual resources, strengths and contacts to bring about meaningful change.