Amnesty International

Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Canadian Council for Refugees

Media Advisory

For immediate release

22 March 2012

 Unfair Policy Fails Refugees and Canadians: Parliament Hill press conference and demonstration on Bill C-31

DATE:  Monday 26 March 2012

TIME: 10:30 am

PLACE: Charles Lynch Press Room, Room S-130, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Media are invited to hear arguments on why Bill C-31 should be withdrawn or defeated at second reading.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 jail cell protest will also be held on Parliament Hill from 9 am – 1:30 pm (corner of Wellington and Metcalfe) to stand with the refugees who would be punished under Bill C-31, and to strongly oppose the passage of this bill.


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



Beth Berton-Hunter, Amnesty International Canada: 416-363-9933 ext. 332, 416-904-7158 (cell)

Penelope Chester, Canadian Civil Liberties Association: 416-363-0321 ext. 225, 647-822-8764 (cell), email

Mitchell Goldberg, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers: 514-808-0843

Colleen French, Canadian Council for Refugees: 514-277-7223 ext. 1, 514-476-3971 (cell), email