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    December 14, 2012

    On the eve of the introduction of important changes to Canada’s refugee determination system, the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International expressed fear that the system will fail some refugees, violate their rights in Canada, and send them back to persecution.

    “The whole purpose of our refugee system is to protect people whose lives and liberty are threatened in their country of origin,” said Loly Rico, President of the Canadian Council for Refugees. “But the new system does not take their realities into account, particularly the realities of the most vulnerable, such as survivors of torture and women who have experienced sexual violence. They may end up being wrongly rejected.”

    The Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (PCISA), Bill C-31 became law on June 28, 2012. Some parts of the new Act came into force immediately, and other parts of the Act will come into force later this year; most likely in mid-December.

    Amnesty International believes that PCISA falls far short of Canada’s international human rights and refugee protection obligations and will result in serious violations of the rights of refugees and migrants. 

    For more information please see:

    Canadian Council for Refugees
    Canadian Association for Refugee Lawyers

    You can learn more about Amnesty International’s concerns here. 

    Drop by the Amnesty table during the World Refugee Day celebration at the Victoria Library, Central Branch. Crafts, music, food and community information tables.Other events June 15-20, see the attached poster or go to the Facebook page for more information.

     

     

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