PIF disclosure

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Resolution number: 
15
May 1999
Whereas: 
  1. Various panels of the Refugee Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board have produced personal information forms and filed them in evidence in the hearings of other claims;
  2. The new personal information form asks claimants to provide reasons why their claims should not be disclosed in the hearings of other claims;
  3. The Refugee Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board has proposed new rules for the Division which would allow disclosure of personal information forms in the hearings of other claims;
  4. Disclosure of personal information forms in the hearings of other claims turns the forms from confidential documents to public documents;
  5. Requiring refugee claims to be made in public is antithetical to refugee protection;
Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR call on the Refugee Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board not to disclose any personal information form in the hearing of another claim unless:

  1. The information in the personal information form is sanitized so that neither the claimant nor any other person the claimant names in the form can be identified;
  2. The claimant expressly consents to the disclosure of the form for the purpose of the hearing of that claim; or
  3. The Refugee Division is satisfied, at a hearing where the claimant whose personal information form is to be disclosed is notified and given an opportunity to be present and make representations, that there is no serious possibility that the life, liberty or security of any person would be endangered by reason of the filing of the personal information form in the hearing of the other claim.
Subject: 
Working Group: 
Inland Protection