Né au Canada, un ex-détenu est menacé d’expulsion vers l’Inde


Judith Lachapelle, La Presse, 14 juillet 2015

Il est né au Canada, a toujours vécu au Canada, a même détenu un passeport canadien. Pourtant, depuis qu’il a purgé une peine de prison entre 2010 et 2013, Deepan Budlakoti est aujourd’hui menacé d’être expulsé… en Inde, le pays d’origine de ses parents.

Or l’Inde ne reconnaît pas ce citoyen né au Canada qui n’a jamais vécu en Inde, et le Canada ne veut pas reconnaître ce citoyen né à Ottawa de parents indiens.

Deepan Budlakoti est donc une sorte d’apatride. Il corrige : « Mais je suis citoyen canadien ! »

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Canadian-born, ‘stateless’ Deepan Budlakoti appeals immigration detention conditions

Deepan Budlakoti speaks to a small group of people outside the Supreme Court of Canada on his second day in court to have his Canadian citizenship reinstated Tuesday May 26, 2015. Nathalie Laflamme, Montreal Gazette, 13 July 2015

Deepan Budlakoti, who was born in Canada but is not a citizen, appealed to the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday to ease bail restrictions while he fights to stay in Canada.

Budlakoti says the conditions imposed on him in April 2013 after spending almost four months in immigration detention are jail-like. Restrictions include that he regularly report to Canadian Border Services Agency, that he not work “without proper authorization” and that he be available to appear on short notice at the request of immigration officials. Conditions were eased in 2014 but not removed entirely.

At the hearing held at the IRB in Montreal, Budlakoti told the Montreal Gazette that his situation is ridiculous.

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‘Stateless’ man asks for changes to release conditions

Giuseppe Valiante, Canadian Press, 13 July 2015

MONTREAL — A man who has been convicted of trafficking drugs and weapons and who has no citizenship from any country is expected to learn on Thursday whether he can have his release conditions relaxed.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, asked a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday to ease the restrictions of his release because he says they are psychologically harmful and violate his constitutional rights.

Budlakoti says he is not an official citizen of any country and is considered a “non-status” person living in Canada.

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“Stateless” man fights to have immigration conditions lifted

Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen, 12 July 2015

A “stateless” man who has been ordered deported but has nowhere to go plans to ask the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday to lift the bail-like conditions of his deportation order while he continues to fight his removal from Canada.

Deepan Budlakoti said he’s tired of living under the “stressful” restrictions that include requirements he report in regularly to Canadian Border Services Agency, not travel long distances and be available to appear on short notice at the request of immigration officials, among other conditions. A hearing is expected to start at 9 a.m. in Montreal.

Unlike a jail sentence, the immigration order “just never ends,” Budlakoti said.

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‘Stateless’ Ottawa man seeking changes to release conditions

Michael Woods, Ottawa Metro News, 13 July 2015

An Ottawa man who considers himself “stateless” is asking the Immigration and Refugee Board to lift the bail-like restrictions under which he’s living, arguing they infringe on his Charter rights.

Deepan Budlakoti, 26, attended a hearing in Montreal Monday arguing that his release conditions — including that he check in regularly with the Canada Border Services Agency and not travel very far from Ottawa — are unconstitutional.

Budlakoti said he expects a decision this Thursday or Friday.

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Rassemblement et audience pour homme menacé de déportation, Deepan Budlakoti

CKUT 90.3FM, 20 July 2015

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Le 13 juillet, un rassemblement et audience a eu lieu devant la Commission de l’immigration et du statut de réfugié du Canada pour Deepan Budlakoti, un jeune homme apatride né à Ottawa de parents Indiens qui travaillaient au haut-commissariat de l’Inde à Ottawa. Il y a quatre ans, après avoir été condamné pour trafic d’armes et de drogues,  le gouvernment Canadien a retiré la résidence permanente de Deepan, sous le prétexte qu’un individu né de parents avec des passeports diplomatiques, selon la loi, ne reçoit pas automatiquement sa citoyenneté. Selon Deepan, ces parents ne travaillaient plus pour l’Inde lorsqu’il est né.

Malgré n’avoir j’amais vécu en Inde, il risque se faire déporter en Inde par le gouvernement Canadien. Deepan refuse sa déportation et l’Inde refuse de lui donner une citoyenneté. Il se trouve alors dans une situation précaire, étant présentement un citoyen d’aucun pays.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec le porte-parole francophone de Deepan, Daniel Cayley-Daoust,  pour en apprendre plus sur la situation présente de Deepan et sur le rassemblement.

‘Stateless’ man wants restrictions lifted

Corey Larocque, Ottawa Sun, 6 July 2015

An Ottawa man who claims [sic] to be stateless because Canada wants to deport him and India won’t take him, wants the feds to lift restrictions imposed on his movements.

“I can’t go nowhere, so why should I have these conditions indefinitely,” Deepan Budlakoti said in an interview.

He’ll make his case at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing next Monday.

Budlakoti says he’s “stateless” because Canada won’t give him citizenship — despite the fact he was born here.

The government wants to deport him to India — the birthplace of his parents, but a country he’s never lived in and a country that says it won’t take him.

“There’s no case like this,” Budlakoti said.

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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


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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