Colombian woman in Que. reports for deportation
A Colombian woman who lost her battle to avoid deportation presented herself to Canadian authorities Thursday at Montreal's airport to start her journey back to her native country.
Gloria Uribe arrived at Trudeau International Airport at 8:30 a.m. ET, holding her two-year-old daughter in her arms and with her 10-year-old daughter by her side.
Supporters accompanied the family to the offices of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, where federal agents were waiting.
She is expected to take a flight to Toronto at 11 a.m. and a connecting flight to Bogota later in the afternoon.
Uribe and her lawyer had argued in front of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) that her life would be in danger if forced to return to Colombia.
She said paramilitary groups killed her cousin in 2004, and the same group has issued death threats against her as recently at September 2009.
The IRB denied Uribe's refugee claim earlier this year, saying the evidence she provided was too weak. She has been in Canada since 2007.
John Bradley, one of Uribe's supporters, said it's not too late for federal Immigration and Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney to intervene.
"The cousin they kill, torture and mutilate [her cousin] and leave a note on the body saying all of the family members are going to be targeted, including Gloria," said Bradley.
"The paramilitaries are still very active, very sopshisticated throughout Colombia. She's with two children going back there."
Representatives from a human rights organization are expected to be at the airport in Bogota to meet Uribe when she arrives.
A report by Human Rights Watch earlier this year documented widespread abuses by paramilitary groups.
The report noted killings, forced displacement and rape, and explained that the groups often target human rights defenders and victims of the paramilitaries who are seeking justice.