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Laibar Singh did not have an aneurism,or a stroke,
Posted by: hardeep sengh (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2008 01:50PM

Laibar Singh did not have an aneurism,or a stroke, and in fact, is getting stronger.

On CKNW today with Philip Till, Laibar Singh’s doctor,Doctor Gulzar Cheema , called in to clarify the refugee’s condition. In fact, he says, Laibar Singh did not have an aneurism, nor did he have a stroke. He did have a spinal cord infection that lead to some paralysis. His legs have little to no function, but he is gaining strength in his upper limbs, and would be able to fly safely with in flight medical care.

He also claims that he did not release the incorrect information that Laibar Singh had an aneurism, and that he was never asked to exaggerate his condition. It seems his supporters, the ones who have been rallying for Laibar to stay , may have unintentionally/intentionally gotten their information wrong, or are exaggerating the cause and extent of his condition









do not shoot the messenger (me:)

 



Re: Laibar Singh did not have an aneurism,or a stroke,
Posted by: The Sikh Activist Network (IP Logged)
Date: January 25, 2008 12:22AM

In Response... Special Attention to Myth #4. Also, Doctor Gulzar Cheema appears to have breached doctor patient confidentiality, by discussing Singh's condition with the media.




Myth # 1: Laibar Singh came to Canada illegally.

Laibar Singh arrived in Canada on fake travel documents, which he declared to Canadian authorities upon his arrival. Traveling on fake documents in no way makes a person “illegal” as it is recognized by both Canandian and International Law as a necessity for many asylum seekers fleeing persecution. Mr. Singh was never given a deportation order prior to July 2007. He has therefore never been in Canada “illegally” before taking sanctuary.

Myth # 2. Canada is known for having a just and compassionate refugee claim process. Laibar Singh has failed that process, and should therefore be deported.

In Canada, the fate of a refugee lies in the hands of a single member of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). Members of the IRB are political appointees and not required to have any experience in law or particular knowledge of conflicts from which people have fled. The rates of acceptance vary from 0%-80% depending on the judge, which has led Canada’s refugee process to be deemed a “lottery system.” Furthermore, although the 2002 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act calls for the implementation of a Refugee Appeal Division, the Canadian government has repeatedly refused to implement an appeal process.

Myth # 3. Laibar Singh does not qualify for permanent residency in Canada under Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.

The Humanitarian and Compassionate claim is separate from the Immigration and Refugee Board hearing, and is open to all people who have been denied refugee status. The H&C is an application for permanent residence based on the undue hardship that would result from deportation to one’s country of origin, and ties to life in Canada. Laibar Singh has demonstrated that he qualifies under both of these grounds given his precarious health situation and overwhelming support from a variety of communities in Vancouver.

Myth # 4: Supporters of Laibar Singh stated incorrectly that he suffered an aneurysm while in Canada to garner support for his cause.

Recent media reports have attempted to question the significance of Mr. Singh’s medical condition. There is clearly no doubt that Mr. Singh is a severely disabled and paralyzed man. Immigration Canada’s own health assessments recognize the severity of his condition. A number of doctors have assessed and cared for Mr. Singh and have stated various causes of his paralysis, yet the basic issue remains the same: Mr. Singh is a severely disabled man who should be able to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Myth # 5: The Canadian Border Services Agency have the responsibility to remove Laibar Singh from Sanctuary to carry out the deportation.

Laibar Singh decision to take sanctuary must be understood in the context of a growing number of sanctuary cases across Canada, which have been supported by faith communities in response to the structural flaws and injustices in the immigration and refugee process. The origin of sanctuary dates back to the Old Testament, and has been recognized by the Canadian government for many years. The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recommended “That CIC, the CBSA, and law enforcement officials respect the right of churches and other religious organizations to provide sanctuary to those they believe are in need of protection.”

 





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