CANADA: Denies Refugee Status To Black American Fleeing Police Violence

Canada has rejected the application of an African-American who applied for refugee status on the grounds he was facing police racism and brutality in the United States.

Kyle Lydell Canty’s application was denied by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board in December and he is now back in the U.S., Vice News reported Saturday. Canty originally crossed the border into British Columbia in September as a tourist, then opted to stay and apply for refugee status.
Ron Yamauchi, an IRB board member who wrote the decision, acknowledged that black people in the U.S. are “stopped and questioned by police at the highest rate compared to other racial groups,” the CBC reported. But the decision argued that Canty personally did not have a “well-founded” fear of persecution in his home country.

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