On May 12, 2005, Mr. Juan Camacho was granted the directive announced in February 2005, by the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Joseph Volpe: “Spouses and common law partners of Canadian citizens or Landed Immigrants – regardless of their status -- will be permitted to remain in Canada pending the outcome of their sponsorship application.”
The deportation order issued against him has now been deferred pending the outcome of the inland sponsorship application submitted on his behalf by his husband, Mr. Einar Maartman.
Juan and Einar thank all the individuals and organizations that supported them during these difficult times “Now we have the chance to be and love together in safety,” they said. “And we hope that the application of law has now been clarified as a result of our nightmare and saves others from it”.
IGLHRC joins Juan and Einar in thanking those who contributed to this successful campaign and congratulates the Canadian authorities for having, in the end, acted without discrimination in upholding the right of all persons to be equal before the law.
For Background information, please see our Action Alert “Help to Stop Gay Colombian from Deportation from Canada” (April 25, 2005) and its follow-up “More Action is Needed to Stop Deportation of Colombian Gay Man from Canada” (May 6, 2005).