The newly formed Justice for Refugees and Immigrants Coalition is comprised of Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Canadian Council for Refugees.
Calling C-31 “unconstitutional” and “un-Canadian”, the Coalition views this Bill as creating a fundamental change to Canada’s refugee system. These groups felt the need to take strong action in light of provisions that would arbitrarily detain groups of refugees; keep parents, children and spouses apart for years; undermine the fairness of the refugee claim and protection process; introduce the use of biometrics; and authorize the stripping of permanent residence from refugees.
In addition, the Coalition objects to the Bill as bad policy, that
“gives Ministers broad, unfettered and unprecedented powers. The concentration of enormous and vaguely defined powers in a Minister, with no mechanisms of judicial accountability, displays a dangerous inclination away from the rule of law and principles of responsible and democratic governance.”
The coalition will hold a press conference and an event on March 26.
The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv
416.363.0321 ext. 225
Cell: 647.780.9802 // 416.658.5150
The Canadian Council for Refugees
514.277.7223 ext. 1