CCR Resolutions Database

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Res.: 13 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The human rights situation in Guatemala is deteriorating;
  2. The Québec-Guatemala accompaniment project, an organization that works to protect the basic rights of Guatemalans, is undertaking urgent actions;
  3. Guatemala is on the source country list;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Participate in the urgent actions of the Québec-Guatemala accompaniment project by sending a letter to the Guatemalan authorities concerned by this situation;
  2. Vigorously encourage CIC to make the best possible use of the Source Country Class in order to resettle Guatemalans who fear persecution if they remain in the country.
Res.: 18 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. CIC is committed to implementing a model for referral agencies as one of the access control mechanisms for identifying refugees for resettlement to Canada;
  2. CCR has expressed some concerns with how the potential models will be designed and implemented particularly with respect to controlling the ability of refugees to access resettlement as a means of protection and as a durable solution and with the impact and implications of these models for the referral partner agencies;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that CIC identity and implement a process for dialogue with CCR and CIC's resettlement partners in Canada and abroad as it moves forward with development of effective, fair and accessible models for referral agencies.

Res.: 1 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. Children make up approximately as much as half of all asylum seekers in the industrialized world;
  2. Refugee and immigrant youth are particularly vulnerable and have a unique set of needs;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Continuously raise the level of awareness of the needs of immigrant and refugee youth through CCR networks and consultations;
  2. Advocate for the rights of immigrant and refugee youth in Canada.
Res.: 6 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. More than a thousand people are presently awaiting a hearing at the IRB for a repeat claim;
  2. The transitional measures will have the consequence of depriving these claimants of their repeat claim by deeming them ineligible under IRPA;
  3. IRPA bars access to PRRA for repeat claimants who have returned to Canada less than 6 months after their departure;
  4. Many of these repeat claimants returned to Canada more than 3 months but less than 6 months after their departure, and would thus be ruled ineligible for PRRA;
  5. A significant number of repeat claims are determined to be refugees;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and to the Chairperson of the IRB urging them to allow all persons presently awaiting a repeat claim a hearing at the IRB.

 

Res.: 11 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The government of Canada has made a commitment to expedite the processing of Sierra Leonean refugees overseas after strongly encouraging Sponsorship Agreement Holders across Canada to get involved in the Sierra Leone special initiative;
  2. The situation in Sierra Leone is still dangerous, unstable and volatile in spite of the presence of a 17,000 member United Nations peacekeeping force and the return of some Sierra Leonean refugees who are still internally displaced. The recent influx of 10,000 Liberian refugees also adds to the instability in Sierra Leone;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR strongly urge the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to impress upon his Department the need to honour the commitment to refugees, family members in Canada and private sponsors to expedite the processing of the refugees' cases and, in particular, not to refuse cases based upon the changing circumstances in Sierra Leone, which are not conducive for return.

 

Res.: 16 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. There is an increasing number of reports of deficient services in refugee camps such as insufficient food;
  2. These deficiencies have been cited as one of the major factors exposing refugee women to sexual exploitation by those who are charged with distributing food and other humanitarian relief;
  3. In several refugee camps in Africa the World Food Program has cut down the food ration for refugees;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the government of Canada to:

  1. Increase its contribution to the UNHCR and to send its contribution in a timely manner;
  2. Provide adequate and appropriate funding to the World Food Program for food aid for refugees.
Res.: 4 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The government has recently announced that they would delay the implementation of the RAD;
  2. This announcement is a betrayal of parliament's will as expressed in the IRPA;
  3. The CCR, UNHCR and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights consider an appeal on the merits to be essential for a coherent, consistent and fair refugee determination process;
  4. Next month the government is announcing a "None is Too Many" agreement with the U.S. which would shut our borders to most refugees;
  5. The U.S. systematically detains undocumented refugees and places them with convicted criminals;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Offer its services to coordinate a national campaign to implement the RAD and to oppose the U.S.-Canada "None is Too Many" agreement;
  2. Urge civil society groups to employ all peaceful and creative means necessary so as to ensure effective public education and advocacy on these issues.
Res.: 9 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The IRB draft rules provide criteria for the appointment of designated representatives for child refugee claimants which do not include cultural and language awareness and sensitivity to the needs of children;
  2. CIC has no criteria for the appointment of designated representatives;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the IRB to include the criteria of cultural and language awareness and sensitivity to the needs of children, and that CIC adopt the same criteria as the IRB in relation to the appointment of designated representatives.

 

Res.: 2 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. Federal government policies and regulations often have differential negative impacts on racialized communities;
  2. There are no existing instruments to measure and remedy the differential impacts;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the federal government to:

  1. Facilitate the establishment of an inter-departmental working group to develop an anti-racist analytical framework in consultation with NGOs representing equity-seeking groups/communities;
  2. Establish a process for implementation, monitoring and reporting back to civil society on an annual basis.
Res.: 7 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. There is in Zimbabwe a large number of extra-judicial executions, forced disappearances and cases of systematic sexual violence reported by Amnesty International, constituting a situation of massive, flagrant and systematic human rights abuses in international law;
  2. There is a strong concern with the abuse of the "no credible basis" finding in Zimbabwean refugee hearings;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call upon the government of Canada to maintain its moratorium on removals to Zimbabwe as we have recommended;
  2. Call for an independent study, with input from the CCR, on the abuse of no credible basis findings in Zimbabwean refugee claims.
Res.: 12 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. Iraqi refugees have been confined to Rafha camp in Saudi Arabia for 12 years, awaiting a durable solution;
  2. UNHCR has requested Canada to participate in the resettlement of these refugees;
  3. Participation in the resettlement effort is essential to the overall resolution of the plight of these refugees, as Saudi Arabia has made a commitment to grant a measure of local integration to those refugees who do not wish to be resettled, if progress is made towards resettlement of the others;
  4. Canada has responded that they will consider participating in a responsibility-sharing effort but has been unable to specify a time-line;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR strongly urge CIC to send a selection mission to Rafha camp with a view to selecting refugees for resettlement by the end of 2002.

 

Res.: 17 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. Twenty-seven member organizations of CCR responded to a CCR request by providing anecdotal information about problems arising with the use of the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program;
  2. The report developed by CCR was raised with CIC in a conference call at which time CIC did not recognize many of the problems as indicators of systemic weaknesses within the IFH program;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request CIC to conduct and make public a client service survey of the health service providers delivering and of refugee clients accessing the IFH to assess the systemic, policy and operational barriers and limitations existing for refugees and health service providers in the Interim Federal Health Program.

 

Res.: 24 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Canada has made an international commitment to combat trafficking in women and children and to extend protection to the victims of trafficking through the protocol on trafficking in persons;
  2. Canada and Canadians are complicit in perpetuating trafficking in women and children as a receiving country and as customers;
  3. Some women and children may be eligible for refugee status but others do not obviously qualify because the human rights abuses have occurred in Canada, not the country of origin;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the Canadian government to offer protection to the women and children who have suffered human rights violations as a result of trafficking, through access to permanent residence, not depending on cooperation with law enforcement officials.

Res.: 1 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Victims of trafficking in Canada are in need of services including advocacy;
  2. CCR member organizations are not necessarily sensitized and responsive to these needs;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on its members to sensitize themselves to trafficking issues and consider adapting their services or their mandates, as appropriate, to respond to the needs of those who have been trafficked.

Res.: 9 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. In April 2001, as part of the larger Integration Initiative supported by the tripartite partners in resettlement, the International Conference on the Reception and Integration of Refugees was held in Sweden. The conference endorsed resettlement and integration as important planks in the international protection system and durable solutions. Among the outcomes of the Conference is a set of principles endorsed by all the participants that provides a platform for further initiatives to take place involving traditional and emerging resettlement countries.
  2. One of the elements of the Initiative, the UNHCR Reception and Integration Handbook, will enunciate a framework for supporting people from refugee backgrounds in resettlement countries to rebuild their lives. This process is underway and continues to involve a Task Force made up of governmental and NGO representatives from many of the traditional and emerging resettlement countries, including Canada.
  3. Other outcomes have begun in less structured ways such as through informal sharing of information, site visits and exchange of material resources. In Canada, these early activities include the facilitation of site visits and conference participation by representatives from Chile, one of the emerging resettlement countries in southern South America and the resulting commitments to ongoing relationships between Canadian NGOs and the Chilean resettlement partners.
  4. As UNHCR does not inherently have the expertise in reception and integration issues, and as the financing of a focal point for the Integration Initiative concludes as of December 2001, the process for facilitating the continuation of the integration initiative, including the post-ICRIRR process, is vulnerable.
  5. Canada took a lead role in the planning process leading up to the ICRIRR conference and has endorsed the overall Integration Initiative including becoming a member of the Reference Group for the Integration Initiative and supporting governmental participation in the Task Force responsible for developing the Reception and Integration Handbook. In recognition of this leadership role, UNHCR requested the Government of Canada to Chair the Reference Group and provide leadership in facilitating the post ICRIRR process. To date Canada has not responded to this request.
  6. The ICRIRR Principles include commitment to tripartite processes and the participation of relevant partners concerned with the resettlement and integration of refugees. The UNHCR Working Group on Resettlement, currently a bilateral forum, through the Reference Group for the Integration Initiative, is tasked with providing follow-up to the ICRIRR process. Furthermore, the Working Group on Resettlement is also the principal body of UNHCR and its resettlement partners for dialogue on ongoing broader refugee resettlement policies and initiatives.
  7. During the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement in Geneva (June 2001), participants expressed interest in including NGO representation on the UNHCR Working Group on Resettlement. Although there is receptivity to NGO presence at the Working Group this has yet to be defined and agreed upon by the existing UNHCR and governmental membership.
  8. The Canadian Council for Refugees was actively engaged in the preparation for and participation in the ICRIRR Conference and endorsed the principles and the resolutions evolving from the Conference. Furthermore, the CCR is also considering how it may participate more actively in international fora.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Urge the Government of Canada, through the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, to reaffirm its commitment to the principles agreed to at the ICRIRR Conference in April 2001 and explore how best they may be implemented within Canada and in its relationships with other resettlement countries;
  2. Strongly encourage the Government of Canada, through the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, to provide leadership by assuming the Chair of the Reference Group to the Integration Initiative and by supporting and facilitating networking between resettlement countries in the spirit of the ICRIRR process;
  3. Urge the Government of Canada, through the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, to seek ways in which to support activities and initiatives undertaken by the Canadian government and by Canadian NGOs to further the principles endorsed at the ICRIRR Conference and to strengthen resettlement initiatives in emerging resettlement countries;
  4. Request that the Canadian Government express support, in dialogue with its governmental resettlement country partners, for the representation of NGOs at the UNHCR Working Group on Resettlement and the facilitation of Canadian NGO participation;
  5. Seek ways to integrate the Principles endorsed at the ICRIRR Conference into the priorities and activities of the Canadian Council for Refugees.
Res.: 14 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The CCR has become increasingly involved in international activities and consultations with respect to refugee protection, resettlement and integration;
  2. International forums and discussions impact Canada’s own policies and programs within the global context;
Therefore be it resolved:

That:

  1. The CCR Executive Committee reassess on behalf of the membership the way in which the CCR participates in international forums, identifies representatives, develops resource support, and involves its membership, in order to be strategic in its planning and participation;
  2. The CCR through its Executive Committee consider the establishment of a Core Group on international issues as a means of ensuring related participation and activity in its three Working Groups.
Res.: 19 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The Province of BC has in place an appropriate model for the protection, care and guardianship of all separated children;
  2. The current BC government is now considering reduction of these services and lowering the age limit for such services;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the BC government to maintain or improve the current level of protection, care and services for separated refugee children in BC.

Res.: 29 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. There are expanded grounds for inadmissibility that will impact on eligibility to make a refugee claim in Bill C-11;
  2. Eligibility decisions will be made during front-end processing by CIC officers many of whom will be newly recruited employees to meet the enhanced resource needs under the new bill;
  3. There have been previous resolutions calling on CIC to provide training and to invite NGO participation in the training of their staff;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call on CIC to ensure that appropriate and regular training and orientation are provided to officers including clearly defined guidelines and terms of reference for decision making, sensitivity training specific to gender, race, LGBT, children and victims of torture;
  2. Request CIC to access community and NGO expertise in the provision of the training;
  3. Request CIC for an accountability framework for eligibility decisions.
Res.: 2 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The current interpretation of the terms “general public” and “advocacy” by the Charities Branch means that many organizations serving immigrants and refugees, women and ethnospecific communities do not meet the criteria for being granted charitable status;
  2. Many organizations have been denied or lost charitable status because they are deemed to serve special interest groups and not the general public or because they include advocacy as part of their work;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR work with the Charities Branch to effect policy changes regarding the interpretation of the Charities Act as it affects the status of ethnospecific and women ’s organizations, so that these organizations are recognized to be part of general Canadian society; and that advocacy is recognized as an essential tool for democratic participation in civic societies and that the work of these groups is recognized to be beneficial to Canadian society.

Res.: 7 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The Auditor General of Canada in his report of April 1998 devoted an entire chapter (Chapter 6) to the demographic challenges facing Canada, saying “We are living longer and we are having fewer children. These are indisputable facts;”
  2. The Auditor General has pointed to the “significant impact” of these demographic trends, particularly on the economy and on the long-term financial condition of the government.
  3. The Auditor General has drawn attention to the inadequacy of the information provided by the Government to Parliament and the public about the implications of current demographic trends and their potential impact;
  4. The Government of Canada appears to have taken no overt action to respond to the recommendations of the Auditor General in these matters;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the Government of Canada to:

  1. Tell the people of Canada about the potential impacts that demographics can have, as detailed in, and as recommended by the 1998 report of the Auditor General;
  2. Devise a long-term strategy for increasing immigration as a response to the demographic challenges described by the Auditor General.
Res.: 12 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The situation of refugees in Pakistan is increasingly precarious;
  2. Conditions necessary for repatriation as a durable or even physically safe solution will not be established in Afghanistan for some time to come;
  3. The level of instability requires a special level of response from all countries that provide humanitarian support and resettlement options for Afghans externally displaced;
  4. The Canadian Government is in a position to respond to the situation of these persons with concrete actions;
  5. A clear response by the Canadian Government will send a strong positive message about Afghan refugees to the Canadian public;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to:

  1. Provide extra financial and human resources to deal with processing in this crisis situation by use of secondment, voluntary temporary assignment or any other creative means;
  2. Identify rapidly, through the major processing posts, a pool of Afghan refugees, especially unaccompanied women and children, in need of resettlement, and to process cases from this pool immediately;
  3. Immediately clear the backlog of Afghan refugee resettlement cases;
  4. Implement a blended sponsorship program to facilitate more private sponsorships of Afghan refugee cases;
  5. Announce publicly the urgent need for these measures and the Government’s commitment to carry them out.
Res.: 17 , Dec 2001
Whereas:

The UNHCR has recently produced a report on the situation of separated refugee children in Canada and has made a series of recommendations to the IRB and to the federal and provincial governments to address the protection needs of these children;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR adopt the UNHCR report and recommendations and call on the IRB and the federal and provincial governments to implement these recommendations.

Res.: 22 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Following the September 11th tragedy, articles have appeared in mainstream media on the justification of the use of torture under exceptional and emergency conditions;
  2. The use of special drugs (truth serums) is recommended by some enforcement elements against suspected terrorists and this recommendation has been reflected by media;
  3. The Canadian government has reaffirmed its commitment to the Convention against Torture through C-11;
  4. Refugees and other uprooted people are more vulnerable to torture and other cruel, inhumane and degrading treatments and punishments;
  5. The level of public education on the scourge of torture is low and CIC and IRB officials need special training on the subject;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the government of Canada to:

  1. Reaffirm its commitment not to use torture under any emergency condition whatsoever;
  2. Work for the prevention and eradication of torture and the prosecution of torturers at the international level;
  3. Reaffirm its commitments to UN principles of medical ethics and assure that no drugs will be used on prisoners or detainees except for the purposes of healing;
  4. Allocate a budget and work with NGOs and specifically the CCR towards organizing public education programs and special education programs for CIC and IRB officials;
  5. Assure that other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments and punishments will not be used in Canadian prisons and detention centres;
  6. Closely collaborate with the UN Committee against Torture with the aim of strengthening the Committee and responding to its concerns;
  7. Increase its financial contributions to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
Res.: 27 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. There are currently negotiations and policy discussions on adopting common security arrangements with the USA;
  2. Canada has a tradition of supporting international law and fundamental human rights (and this tradition may be abandoned in the current context).
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Oppose the creation of a common security perimeter and policy with the United States;
  2. Re-iterate to the Canadian government our support for respecting the fundamental rights of refugees and migrants in accordance with international law and our international human rights obligations without discrimination;
  3. Ask the Canadian government to fully protect Canadian sovereignty in immigration and refugee matters and ensure access for all refugee claimants to the Canadian refugee determination system.
Res.: 32 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Violations of human rights are among the causes of refugee flows in the world;
  2. Promotion of human rights is one of the few tools to prevent refugee flows;
  3. Anti-terrorism legislation in several Western countries including Canada compromises the established emergency basis for limiting human rights in international human rights law;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR oppose the anti-terrorism legislationC-36 and C-42 because of the negative effects that it has had and will have on refugees and immigrants.

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