Media Advisory: Father detained for 10 months facing rushed deportation

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

Media Contact: Swathi Sekhar, 416-885-8534

Father detained for 10 months facing rushed deportation

Toronto, September 8, 2017 — Olukunle Adetunji, a Nigerian man who was detained for almost a year in maximum security immigration prisons, is facing removal from Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has rushed through a deportation order, despite Adetunji having an outstanding application for permanent residence in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

In July 2017, Adetunji was finally released from immigration detention, after being held for 10 months in punitive conditions in a series of maximum security provincial prisons without charge. Adetunji’s wife Kimora and their three children are all Canadian citizens who have only just been reunited with Adetunji; now, just two months later, they are facing the cruel prospect of being permanently separated from their father and husband. The couple will address the media on Monday morning before an appeal for a stay of the deportation order is heard at the Federal Court.

WHEN: September 11, 2017, 10:00 am

WHERE: Federal Court of Canada, 180 Queen St. W, Toronto

SPEAKERS: Olukunle Adetunji (Former immigration detainee facing deportation), Kimora Adetunji (Wife of Olukunle), MacDonald Scott (Family’s lawyer), Karl Gardner (End Immigration Detention Network)

BACKGROUND

Counsel for Adetunji was informed by CBSA in May that no removal would be executed until the application for humanitarian and compassionate leave was decided. Adetunji was released on bail on July 19th, 2017 as pressure mounted after a number of other immigration detainees had successfully argued their detention was unlawful under ‘habeas corpus.’

Kimora Adetunji has been an outspoken advocate for immigration detainees, particularly during an historic challenge to the constitutionality of Canada’s detention regime in Brown vs. Canada, heard at the federal court in May.

The End Immigration Detention Network, a watchdog opposed to immigration detention and a party in the Charter challenge, is demanding an end to indefinite detention, and the introduction of a 90-day limit for immigration detainees. In August, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called on Canada to establish “a legal time limit on the detention of migrants.”

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