Haitian Deported Despite UN Ruling

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CaribWorldNews, TORONTO, Canada, Weds. Oct. 7, 2009: A 22-year-old Haitian national was this week deported from Canada despite a UN ruling that said the expulsion would violate his civil rights.

John Michael Dauphin was deported after serving a prison sentence for theft and assault. He served 33 months in jail after he attacked and robbed a Quebec court appeals judge in Old Montreal in 2005.

Under Canadian law, as in the U.S., non-citizens can be returned to their home countries after completing federal prison terms.

Dauphin`s attorney had taken his case to Geneva, Switzerland where a panel of the UN Human Rights Committee ruled it would be a breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to deport him to Haiti, because he has no family or friends there.

But Canada’s Border Services Agency sent Dauphin back to his homeland on Monday, anyway. For now, his relatives` wonder how Dauphin will survive in a country he barely knows.

 

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