Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism on Romani Genocide Remembrance Day

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism on Romani Genocide Remembrance Day

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, today issued the following statement:

“On this Romani Genocide Remembrance Day, we honour the memory of over 500,000 Romani […]

Embarrassing honorary degree stories: 'Did no one warn them?'

Embarrassing honorary degree stories: 'Did no one warn them?'

Kenney was Canada's minister of citizenship, immigration and culture at the time. He was involved in an effort, highly controversial in this country, to make it difficult for Roma people who suffered discrimination and worse from right-wingers in Hungary to immigrate to Canada […]

Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario: Support for Redress for Roma Refugees Coalition

Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario: Support for Redress for Roma Refugees Coalition

Honourable Minister:

The Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario supports the recommendations submitted by the Redress for Roma Refugees Coalition, set out in the briefing it provided you dated February 14, 2017.

The RLA is a voluntary association of approximately 300 lawyers representing refugees. We have long advocated for appropriate and enforced professional standards in the representation of refugees, both with respect to the Law Society of Upper Canada's Rules of Professional Conduct and the standards of our provincial Legal Aid Plan (Legal Aid Ontario) [...]

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants: Support for the Redress for Roma Refugee Coalition

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants: Support for the Redress for Roma Refugee Coalition

Dear Mr. Salam,

Re: Support for the Redress for Roma Refugee Coalition

OCASI is writing to express our support for redress for the Roma refugee claimants who were represented by Viktor Hohots, Joseph Farkas and Elizabeth Jaszi. These three lawyers were found to have engaged in professional misconduct by the Law Society of Upper Canada and all three have been sanctioned.

OCASI-Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is the umbrella organization for Ontario's immigrant and refugee-serving sector, and has over 220 member agencies across the province [...]

Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers: Support for the Redress for Roma Refugee Coalition

Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers: Support for the Redress for Roma Refugee Coalition

Dear Minister Hussen,

Re: Support for the Redress for Roma Refugee Coalition

The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) would like to express its support for you to take action for Roma refugee claimants who were represented by Viktor Hohots, Joseph Farkas and Elizabeth Jaszi.

The Law Society of Upper Canada found that these three lawyers engaged in professional misconduct. Their misconduct is not limited to the clients who came before the LSUC. Rather, it represents a widespread pattern [...]

Amnesty International letter to Minister Hussen: A New Chance to Claim Protection

Amnesty International letter to Minister Hussen: A New Chance to Claim Protection

March 24, 2017

Dear Minister Hussen,

We are writing to express Amnesty International’s serious concern about the former clients of Viktor Hohots, Erszebet Jaszi, and Joseph Farkas: three lawyers whom the Law Society of Upper found guilty of professional misconduct in relation to their incompetent and inadequate work with Hungarian Roma refugee claimants.[1] Between 2009 and 2013, these lawyers represented hundreds of Hungarian Roma refugee claimants, many of whose claims were subsequently refused. As inadequate legal representation may have undermined the fair adjudication of these refugee claims, we urge you to offer impacted individuals a new chance to claim protection [...]