Rassemblement et audience pour Deepan à Montréal ! // Rally and Hearing for Deepan in Montreal!

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Lundi, 13 juillet, à 8h
Commission de l’immigration et du statut de réfugié du Canada
Complexe Guy Favreau (200 boul. René-Lévesque), Montréal

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Deepan Budlakoti, notre camarade et ami, sera bientôt à Montréal pour contester ses conditions de libération devant la Commission de l’immigration et du statut de réfugié du Canada. Deepan a reçu un ordre de déportation vers l’Inde, le pays de naissance de ses parents. Il a passé des mois en détention de l’immigration et a été libéré sous des conditions qui limitent ses libertés. Parce que l’Inde ne le reconnaît pas comme un citoyen et qu’il refuse sa déportation, Deepan est sous ces conditions indéfiniment, sans en voir la fin.

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Deepan Budlakoti vows to continue legal fight for Canadian citizenship

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Michael Woods, Metro News, 9 June 2015

A man who says the Canadian government has rendered him stateless is vowing to take his legal fight to the country’s top court after the Federal Court of Appeal rejected his bid to be declared a Canadian citizen.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, was born in Ottawa to Indian parents. Four years ago, at age 21, he was suddenly told that he’s not a Canadian citizen, despite being issued a Canadian birth certificate and passport. He was ordered out of Canada due to drug and firearms convictions.

He had asked that his citizenship be reinstated and argued that the government is infringing on his charter right to life, liberty and security of the person. The Federal Court ruled against him, and the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the ruling this week.

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‘Stateless’ Man Born in Canada Fights for Citizenship

Rachel Browne, Vice News, 29 May 2015

For the last five years, Deepan Budlakoti has fought to be accepted by the only country he has ever known.

In what is believed to be the only situation of its kind, Budlakoti has tried and failed to get Canadian citizenship, even though he was born in the nation’s capital. Despite the setbacks, he took his case to the Federal Court of Appeal this week, on the hope that, finally, his identity will be recognized.

Budlakoti was born in Ottawa in October of 1989 to parents who arrived from India four years earlier to work for the Indian High Commission.

Everything looked good on paper: he was issued a birth certificate and a Canadian passport. As far as he and his family were concerned, there was no doubt that he was a Canadian citizen, just like everyone else born in Canada.

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Indo-Canadian stateless man fights for citizenship

Zee news, 27 May 2015

Toronto: An Indian-origin man born in Canada, who has been rendered stateless following a deportation order for criminal offences, is continuing his fight for citizenship in a federal court, a media report said Wednesday.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, born in Ottawa to Indian parents, was to be deported after drugs and firearms convictions four years ago and has since fought for reinstating his Canadian citizenship.

“I’m born and raised in Canada, and the government’s trying to deport me to a country where I’ve never been to,” he told Metro News Canada.

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Deepan Budlakoti continues citizenship fight with federal government

Michael Woods, Metro, 27 May 2015

A man who says he has been rendered stateless by the Canadian government continued his fight for citizenship in federal court on Tuesday.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, was born in Ottawa to Indian parents. Four years ago, at age 21, he was suddenly told that he’s not a Canadian citizen, despite being issued a Canadian birth certificate and passport.

He’s asking that his citizenship be reinstated and argues that the government is infringing on his charter rights to enter, remain in or leave Canada, and to life, liberty and security of the person.

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‘Stateless’ Ottawa man appeals for citizenship

http://storage.ottawasun.com/v1/dynamic_resize/sws_path/suns-prod-images/1297572395249_ORIGINAL.jpg?quality=80&size=420xCorey Larocque, Ottawa Sun, 26 May 2015

Deepan Budlakoti will continue to be a man without a country for two more weeks.

The 25-year-old Ottawa man, who doesn’t have citizenship anywhere, speculated it could take that long for the Federal Court of Appeal to rule on his appeal of an earlier decision denying him Canadian citizenship.

“It’s hard to predict. I just wait for a decision,” Budlakoti said Tuesday after his hearing.

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Deep in Deepan – Deportation of a Canadian

20150526_090042Jeannette Tossounian, Our News This Week, 26 May 2015

Will Canada now strip our citizenship and deport us back to our parents’ countries?

If the Supreme Court decides to do just that to Canadian born Deepan Budlakoti, then it may be setting a precedence allowing the government to strip the citizenship of any Canadian born citizen and send them back to their parents’ place of origin.

Budlakoti, who was born in Canada and has held two Canadian passports, was surprised to find out that he was not considered a Canadian citizen after a criminal conviction when he was 21. Now facing deportation to India, the country where his parents were originally from before becoming Canadian citizens themselves, he is left stateless.  Deepan is in deep with no country, as neither India or Canada will recognize him as a citizen. He has no access to health care, proper employment or other benefits enjoyed by Canadians.

“What the government is doing to me essentially I feel is completely unjust,” says Budlakoti.  “I’m born and raised here, I’ve lived here my entire life, yet I have to live with all these legal battles, tremendous stress, costly just because the government said they made an error and 21 years later I’m the one at fault even though the onus should fall on the governments’ side.”

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Supreme Court hears case of Ottawa-born man facing deportation

Alison Sandor, CFRA 580 News Talk Radio, 26 May 2015

The fate of an Ottawa-born man who is facing deportation now lies in the hands of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Deepan Budlakoti, whose passport was revoked in 2010 after convictions for drugs and firearms offences, is asking the court to reinstate his citizenship.

At issue is whether Budlakoti’s parents were employed by the Indian High Commission at the time of his birth. If they were diplomats, it would mean he should have never received Canadian citizenship.

Budlakoti contends his parents had quit working for the High Commission months before his birth and that he’s never lived anywhere else.

“Going through this process for five years puts a tremendous strain on myself,” he said. “I don’t have health care. I’m not able to work, then I have to fight to get a work permit … My rights have been violated on a daily basis.”

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‘Stateless’ man argues deportation before Court of Appeal

Video thumbnail for 'Stateless' man argues deportation before Court of AppealTom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, 26 May 2015

Deepan Budlakoti, born and raised in Canada, has no citizenship anywhere. But that doesn’t make him “stateless,” a lawyer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada argues.

Budlakoti needs to ask India whether he can get citizenship there before saying he’s stateless, the government argued in the Federal Court of Appeal Tuesday.

The 25-year-old convicted weapon and drug trafficker has fallen into an odd legal crack. His parents came to Canada in 1985 as diplomatic staff at the Indian High Commission. Their son Deepan was born here in October, 1989. Budlakoti has been ordered deported to India, but India rejected him. Indian officials said Budlakoti is not a citizen and have refused Canada’s request to issue him travel documents.

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