Reclaiming Citizenship, Rejecting Double Punishment

Deepan Budlakoti Speaking Tour — January 2014

Deepan poster draft revised redKingston, 13 January, facebook event
Toronto, 14-15 January, facebook event
Kitchener/Waterloo, 16 January, facebook event
Guelph, 18 January, facebook event
Peterborough, 20 January, facebook event
Montreal, 21-22 January, facebook event
Halifax, 23 January, facebook event

facebook page for all events

Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born construction worker and activist who, in 2010, was stripped of his citizenship by the Canadian government. He is now a stateless person pitted in an incredible battle against the Conservative government over his entitlement to citizenship. The government is attempting to deport him to his parents’ homeland, India, a country where he has never lived and does not have citizenship. See more info about his story here:

Deepan is currently travelling across Canada to tell his story and seek support. He will be speaking about his experiences as a young man in criminal prison, in immigration detention, and his current conditions as a stateless person. His struggle connects to issues of criminalization, racial profiling, prisons, immigration detention and, more broadly, questions of identity, belonging and borders. Who is entitled to Canadian citizenship? Who is excluded and how are exclusions justified? Who is subject to deportation and double punishment? Come out to hear Deepan and join in the discussion.

Tour organized by:
Justice for Deepan Committee