BY TARA CARMAN, VANCOUVER SUN NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Raul Gatica-Bautista joins protesters outside of the Immigration and Refugee Board in downtown Vancouver Wednesday morning hoping to remove Mexico from Canada’s ‘safe list’ and restore justice for Mexican human rights defenders.
Raul Gatica Bautista fled Mexico for Canada in 2005 with a bullet wound in his stomach and scarring on his face, grim testaments to the abuse the indigenous rights activist says he suffered at the hands of the Mexican police.
Canada accepted him as a refugee then, but Gatica Bautista says this country would turn him away today because of changes last year that placed Mexico on a list of 42 countries deemed safe by the federal government. Asylum seekers from these countries have fewer appeal options and are deported faster than refugee claimants from other countries.