Independent topical source of current affairs, opinion and issues, featuring stories making news in Canada from immigrants, newcomers, minorities & ethnic communities' point of view and interests.

Immigration Detainees: Pakistani Man and Supreme Court

immigration detainees: The case was brought by Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina, a Pakistani man who sought refugee protection in Canada in 2006, but was later detained after authorities learned he had a criminal record, according to Vancouver Courier. The Immigration and Review Board held 12 reviews of his detention and each time ordered that he remain incarcerated. The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments Wednesday on a case asking for immigration detainees to be given access to habeas corpus a legal provision allowing anyone being held in custody the right to challenge their detention before a judge.article continues below Trending StoriesNPA councillor blasts colleagues for failing to rescind duplex vote Long arm of the law sticks it to pair of Vancouver butter bandits Vancouver company set to dive into the biggest underwater sinkhole in the world Canada's oldest air cadet squadron celebrates 80th birthday on Vancouver's West Side Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review. He has since been deported back to Pakistan, but his lawyers have continued to pursue the case.A long list of interveners have also signed on, including Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian and B.C. Civil Liberties Associations, the Canadian Prison Law Association and Community and Legal Aid Services Programme. The onus is on the detainee to actually prove why they should be released, said Swathi Sekhar of End Immigration Detention Network, another intervener in the case. They argue migrant detainees do not always receive a fair hearing by these methods, and sometimes end up incarcerated indefinitely. ( As reported in the news.