12. Moratorium on removals to Colombia

Nov 2005
Whereas:
  1. There is a situation of generalized risk in Colombia;
  2. The government refused the CCR’s request that it review the situation in Colombia in 2003; 
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the government of Canada to immediately place a moratorium on removals to Colombia.

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16. Countries with no functioning government

May 2004
Whereas:
  1. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations state that the Minister can suspend removals to a country or place where there is a situation of generalized risk.
  2. Where there is no functioning government, civilians are at generalized risk.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the Canadian government to add countries that are without a functioning government, like Somalia, to the list of countries to which Canada has temporarily suspended removals.

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18. Moratorium on removals to the Occupied Territories

May 2004
Whereas:
  1. The current military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip violates a plethora of international human rights conventions which Canada has ratified.
  2. Palestinians living under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are facing a humanitarian disaster.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the Canadian government to immediately place a moratorium on deportations to The Palestinian occupied territories, in recognition of the ongoing military occupation and the risk to the life, liberty and security of those living under it.

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20. Algerian agreement and procedures for other countries to which Canada does not deport

Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. The CCR has passed several resolutions outlining its views about the treatment of persons from countries to which Canada does not deport;
  2. There is a growing number of people who have been in Canada for many years without any clear prospect for resolving their situations, since humanitarian and compassionated guidelines doe not deal explicitly with their cases;
  3. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Denis Coderre, lifted the suspension of removals to Algeria on April 5, 2002, without any plan as to the disposition of those cases especially for those people who have been in Canada for over three years;
  4. There is now a special procedure for Algerians, including an examination of their integration process by Quebec Immigration (MRCI) for persons in Quebec;
  5. There are unanswered questions as to the examination of other humanitarian considerations, particularly marriages and ‘the best interests of the child';
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Reiterate its support to the Comité d'action des sans statut (Res. 15, December 2001);
  2. Call on CIC to immediately clarify the process for this special procedure for Algerians, especially for those people outside Quebec;
  3. Call on CIC after consultations with NGO and community groups to develop written procedures, which would apply every time the suspension of deportations to a particular country is lifted.
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15. People without status

Dec 2001
Whereas:

The CCR has adopted Resolution 12 of May 2001;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Adopt the principal demand of the Comité d’action des sans statut [Action Committee of the People without Status] which calls on the Canadian government to grant automatic landing to those persons refused refugee status who are from one of the five moratorium countries (Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda) three years after they made their refugee claim in Canada. This is a way of regularizing the status of people who currently are without status.
  2. Undertake to advocate for and promote this position to the Canadian government authorities in order to urge them to adopt a policy on the lines of the above demand.
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12. Permanent residence for persons from countries to which Canada does not deport

May 2001
Whereas:
  1. Citizenship and Immigration Canada maintains a list of countries to which Canada does not generally deport individuals from those countries;
  2. A significant number of people from those countries, who are subject to deportation, have now been in Canada for many years and have no avenue to resolve their situation;
  3. Living in this limbo situation causes great hardship and suffering, including long term separation from immediate family members;
  4. It is very difficult for persons in this situation to be accepted for permanent residence through the Humanitarian and Compassionate stream;
  5. This situation will continue to prevail after the implementation of the new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Bill C-11);
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration urging that a process be established which will facilitate the granting of permanent residence to all individuals who have been in Canada for more than three years and who are from countries on the list.

 

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17. Deportation to the US of persons from countries to which Canada does not deport

Nov 1998
Whereas:
  1. Canada has suspended deportations to Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zaire), Afghanistan, Rwanda, & Burundi;
  2. CIC does not consider this policy to cover removals to third countries, principally the United States;
  3. A significant numbers of claimants arrive at Canadian border points via the United States, often as a result of Canadian interdiction practices;
  4. A growing number of refused refugee claimants face an imminent danger of being removed to the United States, a country which at present has no suspension of deportations to the above-named countries;
  5. The CCR has written several times to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in the spring and summer of 1998, asking her to suspend removals of these individuals to the United States;
  6. CIC has to date maintained its policy;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Continue to energetically oppose, by all means possible, the implementation of this policy;
  2. Prepare a letter and information kit which CCR members can use to lobby their M.P.s, and to mobilize support from other organizations involved in human rights work.
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17. Deportations to Zaire

Nov 1996
Whereas:
  1. The situation in Zaire is acknowledged by both political and human rights experts to be very volatile, with human rights violations and violence rampant in various parts of the country.
  2. There is effectively no central government in control in Zaire at this time.
  3. Canada, recognizing this serious situation, is presently leading a major humanitarian initiative in Zaire and the Great Lakes Region.
  4. A growing number of Zairois (mostly in Montreal) have already received, or will be receiving, departure dates for the near future.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Urgently request the Prime Minister of Canada to address this inconsistency in Canadian policy by ordering an immediate suspension of deportations to Zaire.
  2. Request a clarification from the UNHCR on the dangers of deporting people to Zaire at this time.
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