A family from Haiti walk to the border to cross into Canada from Champlain, US [File: Christinne Muschi/ Reuters]

A Canadian court threw out the country’s asylum pact with the United States on Wednesday, ruling that the 2004 agreement was invalid because Washington violates the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

Under the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), people who want to seek refuge in Canada and present themselves at a formal Canada-US border crossing are returned to the US and told to first seek sanctuary there.

Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Council of Churches challenged the pact last year, saying the US does not qualify as a “safe” country under President Donald Trump. They cited the widespread

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