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Q: Isn't Canada breaking the UN 1951 convention by not offering travel documents to refugees?

At the moment, it isn't possible for refugees in Canada to get a travel document due to COVID (unless it is urgent), even though passport services are available for citizens. Doesn't this break article 28 and 3 which are respectively "provide travel documents for refugees" and "discriminate against refugees" ?

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A: The global pandemic is causing tremendous pressures and constraints on governmental services. They are still providing the required documents, albeit at a reduced number with additional criteria and prioritization. Doubt that it raises to a level of discrimination.

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