Just published my story on the UN intervention when we received the wonderful news that Abdilahi Elmi will be freed, pending the UN decision.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee is considering the case of Abdilahi Elmi, the former child refugee who Canada wants to deport to Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world. This presents a glimmer of hope for Elmi, but it is crucial that the public continues to pressure politicians, El Jones tells the NS Advocate.
Abdilahi Elmi will be deported to Somalia any day now, putting his life at grave risk. A group of advocates held a press conference at Andy Fillmore’s office to raise awareness of this impending injustice and to ask for public support.
PSA: On Tuesday, August 20, 2019 there will be a press conference at the office of Liberal MP Andy Fillmore to protest the deportation of Mr. Abdilahi Elmi, and to draw attention to the lack of change in deportation policy since the case of Abdoul Abdi.
In a few days our government is planning to deport another Somali refugee who never got his citizenship because of government neglect. Abdilahi Elmi came to Canada as a refugee at age 10. At 13, Ontario Child Welfare apprehended Elmi from his mother. At that point child welfare was the only entity that could legally apply for Elmi’s citizenship—it never did.