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Joint Media Advisory- Unfair Policy Fails Refugees and Canadians: Parliament Hill press conference and “jail cell” protest on Bill C-31

    March 26, 2012

    Media Advisory Unfair Policy Fails Refugees and Canadians: Parliament Hill press conference and “jail cell” protest on Bill C-31

    TIME: 10:30 am (press conference)
     9 am – 1:30 pm (“jail cell” protest)

    PLACE: Charles Lynch Press Room, Room S-130, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa (press conference);
       Parliament Hill (corner of Metcalfe and Wellington) (“jail cell” protest)

    Media are invited to hear arguments on why Bill C-31 should be withdrawn or defeated at second reading.  Human rights and refugee groups are calling for a fair, independent and affordable refugee system. They will speak to their serious concerns about this bill, which is unconstitutional, undermines Canada’s humanitarian traditions, and violates Canada’s international obligations. Bill C-31 is bad policy and creates a manifestly unfair system that will fail to protect refugees in Canada. 

    A concurrent street theatre “jail cell” protest will also be held on Parliament Hill to stand with the people seeking refuge who would be punished under Bill C-31, and to strongly oppose the passage of this bill.

    Press Conference Speakers:

    Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada
    Peter Showler and Lorne Waldman, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
    Nathalie Des Rosiers, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
    Heather Neufeld, Canadian Council for Refugees
    Mitchell Goldberg, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers: 514-808-0843
     

    Beth Berton-Hunter,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    416-363-9933, ext. 332

    Penelope Chester,

    Canadian Civil Liberties Association:

    416-363-0321 ext. 225, 647-822-8764 (cell), email media@ccla.org

    Colleen French,

    Canadian Council for Refugees:

    514-277-7223 ext. 1, 514-476-3971 (cell)

    Email cfrench@ccrweb.ca
     

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