- Citizenship and Immigration Canada decided to detain en masse migrants from the People's Republic of China arriving at Canada's West Coast;
- CIC compounded its errors by detaining the majority of the migrants in Prince George, several hundred kilometres from counsel and the IRB;
- Consequently some of these Chinese migrants continue to be denied full access to counsel and right to choice of counsel;
- These Chinese migrants continue to be detained without individual assessment and based upon general and stereotypical profile of refugee claimants from Fujian Province of China;
- The minors within these groups have been handcuffed and strip-searched and there are allegations that some were physically assaulted;
Therefore be it resolved
That the CCR:
- Request that CIC and the IRB ensure that Canada:
a) Does not detain refugee claimants based on profiling, stereotyping and public annoyance;
b) Does not detain claimants in places without ready access to professional counsel and the IRB;
c) Otherwise ensures for all claimants irrespective of publicity given their arrival, full due process and procedural fairness, including counsel of choice.
- Call for an independent inquiry into CIC's handling of arrivals of Chinese migrants.