MONTREAL – For the Refugees will make an important announcement about their petition to the Canadian government to accept the seven asylum-seekers in Hong Kong who are under acute risk of persecution in part because they assisted Edward Snowden prior to his becoming a fugitive. Their Montreal attorneys, Michael Simkin and Francis Tourigny, will be making a statement and then taking questions. Marc-André Séguin and Robert Tibbo will make a presentation from Hong Kong.

When: Monday May 15 at 11:45 EDT
Where: Centre St-Pierre: 1212, rue Panet, Montréal, Québec H2L 2Y7
(Individual interviews can be arranged after the press conference)

For the Refugees is an NGO founded by three Canadian lawyers from Montreal dedicated to supporting the families who provided shelter to Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and to giving a voice to Canadians who want these exceptional individuals to find safety and a normal life in our communities.


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Michael Simkin
For the Refugees

Edward Snowden’s “guardian angels” made international headlines in 2016 with the release of Oliver Stone’s film “Snowden”, which included a scene that alerted the international community to their existence. Since then, their situation has become even more dire. These families, including three young stateless children, face institutional discrimination and social segregation in Hong Kong as well as persecution in their home countries.

Joined by Edward Snowden’s attorney, Barrister-at-law and Montreal native Robert Tibbo, the Montreal attorneys Marc-André Séguin, Francis Tourigny, and Michael Simkin, who are representing the three families in their Canadian immigration proceedings, have petitioned the Canadian government to accept them as refugees.

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