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Amnesty International Canada head alleges discrimination after being barred from boarding flight

Air Canada has since apologized to Ketty Nivyabandi

Ketty Nivyabandi, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, shows her government-issued refugee travel document with a stamp from a recent trip to Mexico. Nivyabandi said she was denied boarding the same Air Canada flight last week, despite showing the same document.(Nicole Williams/CBC)


The head of Amnesty International Canada is accusing Air Canada of racism and discrimination after she was denied boarding a flight to Mexico.

Ketty Nivyabandi, who is a permanent resident of Canada with official refugee status, was due to depart from the Ottawa International Airport on Thursday afternoon, but said when she went to check in, the Air Canada agent became confused by her travel documents. Nivyabandi said she was travelling to Mexico for a work conference.




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