David Matas (born 1943) is the senior legal counsel of B'nai Brith Canada. He has maintained a private practice in refugee, immigration and human rights law since 1979. David Matas was born in Winnipeg his grandparents were immigrants from the Ukraine and Romania. Wiki/(TOM HANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES)
Government slammed door on refugees
Museum curator remembers those who weren’t allowed into Canada
By: Carol Sanders
Posted: 11/4/2011 1:00 AM | Last Modified: 11/4/2011 1:49 PM | Updates
While Canada’s proudly welcomed 700,000 refugees since the Second World War it has silently kept the door shut on certain groups over the years, says the curator of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
“It has been a little bit quiet about the people we don’t allow,” Armando Perla told a conference at the University of Manitoba Thursday.
War resisters, homosexual refugees and Roma refugees from Eastern Europe haven’t always received a warm welcome, said the refugee from El Salvador who’s working on the refugees exhibit for the new museum.
If history’s taught the world anything, it’s that human rights and refugee protection go hand in hand, said lawyer David Matas.
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