Amnesty International presents concerns about Bill C-11

Posted
May 25, 2010
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Amnesty International

From Amnesty International's brief on Bill C-11:

The government claims that the reforms proposed in Bill C-11 will result in a refugee determination process that is "fast, fair, and efficient". While C-11 includes some laudable initiatives, notably the implementation of the Refugee Appeal Division, its measures sacrifice a fair process for all claimants in the name of speed and efficiency.

In particular, the "designated country list", the unrealistic and inappropriate timelines, and the significant changes to humanitarian and compassionate applications are cause for serious concern. If implemented, these proposed legislative changes will violate Canada's international and Charter obligations regarding equality before the law. More importantly, they will increase the likelihood that persons in need of Canada's protection will instead by exposed to risk.

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