Canada Should Remove Mexico from Refugee ‘Safe’ List: new IHRP report

Monday, June 20, 2016

New report highlights how Mexico remains unsafe, particularly for people affected by HIV

(Toronto, June 20, 2016) — Canada should remove Mexico from its refugee ‘safe’ list because of the country’s serious human rights abuses, the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP) said in a new report released today. Failure to do so could place Canada in violation of its international legal obligations.

OHRC calls for reforms to immigrant detention system

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner at the Ontario Human Rights Commission (and former IHRP Director), calls for reforms to immigrant detention system, citing IHRP research and recommendations.

IHRP students assist in research for UN Special Rapporteur report on homelessness

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

University of Toronto law students Rona Ghanbari and David Tortell assisted United Nations Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha in researching her annual Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context.  Rona (a 2L student) and David (an LL.M.

Samer Muscati and Carmen Cheung write in today's Globe and Mail

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


IHRP director Samer Muscati and former director Carmen Cheung write in today’s Globe and Mail about a Syrian child held in solitary confinement in a Toronto Immigration Holding Centre, and the need for Canada’s federal government to stop the practice.

Faculty of Law welcomes Samer Muscati as new director of the IHRP

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Samer conducting interviews for Human Rights Watch

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Samer Muscati (JD2002) has been hired to lead the International Human Rights Program (IHRP).  The IHRP, including its award-winning legal clinic, is one of the Faculty’s core experiential learning opportunities with a mission to advance the field of international human rights law through advocacy, knowledge-exchange and capacity building.

IHRP Launches International Human Rights Law Primer for Journalists

Thursday, October 1, 2015

(Toronto) – The International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (IHRP) is delighted to announce today's launch of Understanding the Right to Freedom of Expression: An International Human Rights Law Primer for Journalists. The primer will be launched at Journalists for Human Rights’ annual Night for Rights Gala event tonight.

'Where is Canada?' My tour of shame investigating the Syrian refugee crisis

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Discrimination against refugees on the basis of their religion goes against fundamental principles of refugee protection and is unacceptable for a country presenting itself as an international leader of human rights.

In Turkey and Jordan recently, this was the question I heard over and over, from Syrian refugees themselves, crisis intervention workers, medical professionals, human rights activists and others dedicated to helping Syrians. To friends and family, I referred to my time in the region as a tour of shame, as a Canadian.

Professor Macklin in New York Times re: migrant crisis

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Canadians Have a Decision to Make That Will Affect Syrian Refugees

Audrey Macklin, is a professor of law and chair in human rights law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She is also the Chair of Faculty Advisory Committee of the IHRP. 

Canadian Human Rights Commission urges Canada to respect the rights of migrants and refugees in detention

Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) is calling on Canada and other governments to improve access to justice for migrants and refugees.

According to a 2015 report by the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program, thousands of migrants are arbitrarily detained in Canada each year. Nearly one third are held in facilities intended for criminals, sometimes for years at a time, in violation of international human rights law.