UNHCR disappointed by decision to postpone creation of Refugee Appeal
UNHCR was disappointed to learn today of the Canadian government's decision
not to implement for the time being a key part of the new Immigration and
Refugee Protection Act (Bill C-11),namely, the Refugee Appeal Division.
UNHCR had welcomed the planned creation of this Division at the Immigration
and Refugee Board, as envisaged in the law which received royal assent
November 1, 2001.
"An appeal mechanism is a vital part of the refugee determination process,"
said UNHCR's Representative in Canada Judith Kumin. UNHCR had long urged
Canada to introduce a review instance in its asylum procedure. "An efficient
appeal procedure would not only correct first instance
errors, but could help to ensure consistency in decision-making and relieve pressure on the Federal Court," Kumin said. UNHCR had not objected to other elements of the new Act, because they were balanced by the creation of the Refugee Appeal Division.
Canada is one of just a few industrialized countries which do not have
an appeal on the merits in their refugee determination systems.
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