Category Archives: Support Statements

UNIFOR Supports Deepan

“I am appealing to you to use your Ministerial discretion to act on behalf of Mr. Deepan Budlakoti in Ottawa by recognizing his legitimate Canadian citizenship. […] It is particularly concerning to learn because of your actions in rendering him stateless, the provincial government has withdrawn Mr. Budlakoti’s access to health care. I remind you that Mr. Budlakoti has
lived his entire life in Canada and it strikes us as cruel and arbitrary to now deprive him of health care when he is undergoing a very stressful period in his life.” – Jerry Dias, National President, UNIFOR

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Nationality, Statelessness and the Case of Deepan Budlakoti

Monday, March 9, 2015 – 13:05, Amnesty International

by Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada’s Secretary General. Follow Alex on Twitter @AlexNeveAmnesty.

Most of us (sic) never give it a second thought; our nationality.  We were born with it or may have gained a second or third nationality by moving to another country, through our ancestry or by marriage.  We are usually proud of it.  We enjoy, need and may boast about it when we travel.  But we don’t often think about what it would be like not to have it or to lose it.

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CCLA to Minister of Immigration

“We are writing today to follow up on our letter to you of October 31, 2013 regarding the case of Deepan Budlakoti. […] The Canadian Civil Liberties Association respectfully requests that you recognize the Canadian citizenship of Deepan Budlakoti. […] Mr. Budlakoti meets the legislative requirements of a Canadian citizenship and does not fall under the exemptions. Canada should not seek to oust or deny the Canadian citizenship of Mr. Budlakoti. In denying Mr. Budlakoti Canadian citizenship, Canada has rendered him stateless, a breach under the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness …” – Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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CARL Supports Justice for Deepan

Home“[…] we believe the government’s actions are in violation of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, [which Canada has signed and ratifed], and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The CARL Executive is fully supportive of Mr. Budlakoti’s efforts to have his Canadian citizenship restored. Anything less, is contrary to Canada’s international human rights responsibilities and obligations with respect to statelessness. ” — Mitchell Goldberg, President, The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), 8 January 2015

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NUPGE supports Justice for Deepan

“It is worrisome, Minister, that in the face of this evidence Canada would continue to refuse to recognize Mr. Budlakoti’s Canadian citizenship. Such a stance runs contrary to international human rights commitments this country has made with respect to statelessness and other related human rights provisions. Once again, we urge you to move immediately to restore or recognize Deepan Budlakoti’s Canadian citizenship.” – James Clancy, National President, NUPGE

Download full NUPGE letter here.

Citizen one day, stateless the next

The Canadian government is attempting to deport a young man who was born in Canada.

UNIFOR National

Deepan Budlakoti was born on October 17, 1989 in Ottawa and issued an Ontario birth certificate. His parents had moved to Canada in 1985 to work for the Indian Ambassador. A few years later his parents became Canadian citizens. When Deepan was issued a Canadian passport, it listed his nationality as Canadian.

Then, suddenly, in 2010 government officials informed Deepan that he was not a Canadian citizen, and that he never had been. Their argument is that Deepan is not automatically Canadian even though he was born here because his parents were employed by a foreign diplomat when he was born (which they were not – they had both left their work at the embassy before his birth).

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CUPE supports Deepan Budlakoti

“On behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), we write to you to express our concern regarding the case of Deepan Budlakoti, a citizen of Canada and member of our community in Ottawa. It has been brough to our attention that Mr. Budlakoti has been rendered stateless by the Canadian Government and we urge you to restore his Canadian citizenship without delay. […]” – Paul Moist, National President, and Charles Fleury, National Secretary-Treasurer, 25 September 2014

Download complete CUPE letter to Minister Alexander.

Exile is Not a Canadian Value

11 September, Canadian Labour Congress

The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says it’s time for the Minister of Immigration to intervene in the plight of a Canadian-born man facing life as a stateless person.

Born to Indian diplomats in 1989, Deepan Budlakoti has lived his entire life in Canada. He’s got the Ontario birth certificate to prove it and has twice been issued a Canadian passport. Despite this, he now faces having his citizenship stripped away and deportation to India – a country in which he has never lived and which does not recognize him as an Indian national.

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Amnesty Supports Deepan

“… We are concerned, Minister, that in the face of this evidence, Canada’s position of refusing to recognize Mr. Budlakoti’s Canadian citizenship runs counter to the country’s international human rights obligations with respect to statelessness and leads to other related human rights violations. We therefore urge you to move immediately to restore or recognize Deepan Budlakoti’s Canadian citizenship.”

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada, 18 August 2014

Read full letter here.