CCR Resolutions Database

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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.: 5 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The Canadian government intends to sign a "None is Too Many" agreement with the USA;
  2. Under IRPA the Canadian government has confirmed its intention of only detaining minors as a last resort;
  3. In the USA, the immigration authorities detain on average 5,000 separated children every year;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR ask for assurances from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that no children who are seeking protected person status in Canada – whether separated from or accompanied by parents or legal guardians – be returned to the U.S.A.

 

Res.: 10 , May 2002
Whereas:

Persons of certain countries of origin such as Pakistan and some African states appear to be detained on the basis of identity for extended periods;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on CIC to:

  1. Research the length of time it takes those detained on the basis of identity to obtain release;
  2. Report the data by country of origin;
  3. Make public the findings.
Res.: 15 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. There is documented evidence of corruption in some overseas offices of the UNHCR and NGO partners who implement UNHCR programs;
  2. UNHCR itself has recognized this problem in its Kenya offices, and has taken measures to address the problem, one such measure being the removal of staff accused of corruption;
  3. NGOs too have power over refugees and some have been accused of corruption and exploitation of refugees, particularly women and children in West Africa;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the UNHCR to put in place a structure and a back-up monitoring system that, in effect, will:

  1. Stop existing corruption and prevent future corruption;
  2. Provide a complaint mechanism that is confidential (to protect the complainant);
  3. Require its NGO implementing partners to have a similar structure, monitoring system and complaint mechanism in place.
Res.: 3 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has delayed the implementation of the Refugee Appeal Division without postponing the introduction of one-member IRB panels;
  2. Refugee claimants' right to a fair hearing is thereby inadequately protected;
  3. The Minister announced orally on May 17, 2002 that he would implement the appeal within one year;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to:

  1. Implement the RAD immediately;
  2. If he is unwilling to implement the RAD immediately, to:  a) repeat in writing his commitment to implement the RAD within one year.  b) delay the reduction of IRB panel members until the RAD is implemented.
Res.: 8 , May 2002
Whereas:
  1. Separated children are by definition without the care and protection of their parents or other primary caregivers, often face many dangers during their flight and arrive in Canada disoriented and frightened;
  2. Front-end security interviews require separated children to respond to often lengthy and detailed questions including those related to their refugee claim;
  3. Separated children would be unlikely to know of the 1951 Refuge Convention reasons and their flight reasons are frequently multi-factorial and may include child-specific violations of human rights;
  4. It is inappropriate that children under 18 be interviewed in the absence of a parent or guardian;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request to CIC that immigration examinations with separated children only be conducted in the presence of a properly appointed designated representative or guardian.

 

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 , 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.: 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.: 5 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Immigrants and refugees need and deserve complex social, community and employment services to facilitate effective settlement;
  2. The CCR is deeply concerned about the human tragedy of those immigrants and refugees who do not settle successfully, some ending up trapped in low level employment for which they are far over qualified or on assistance;
  3. There are very limited resources to which settlement clients can be referred to for services meaning that settlement services go well beyond simple information and referral;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge Citizenship and Immigration Canada to undertake a review of the ISAP program, in consultation with service providers, other experts and stakeholders, with the intention of:

(a) examining what services are needed to help immigrants and refugees settle successfully.

(b) defining outcomes and standards for those services.

(c) reviewing reasonable case loads to assure an appropriate level of service.

(d) significantly raising the level of funding to settlement services in Canada.

Res.: 10 , Dec 2001
Whereas:

Liberians in the Krisan Zansule camp in Ghana have not been supplied any humanitarian assistance (including food and medical care) by UNHCR since June 2000;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the UNHCR to assure that full humanitarian; assistance be resumed to Liberians in Krisan Zansule camp in Ghana;  and failing this, that the CCR ask the Government of Canada to provide protection and a durable solution.

Res.: 15 , 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.
Res.: 20 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The CCR called in Resolution 20, November 1993 for an end to the detention of refugee children;
  2. Minor refugee claimants continue to be detained in Canada;
  3. In the case of trafficked minors the government justifies such detention on the grounds that detention protects minors from their traffickers and is in the best interests of children;
  4. The CCR recognizes that in certain cases there is a need for the protection of minors but unequivocally opposes the detention of minors as detention is never in the best interests of children;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on CIC, in the case of refugee children in need of such protection, as an alternative to detention, to implement other protection models such as “safe houses.”

Res.: 25 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. A significant number of people refused as Convention Refugees under the present Act may be returning to Canada to make second claims under C-11;
  2. In the past, a high proportion of second claims has been accepted as Convention refugees by the IRB;
  3. C-11 provides for a wider definition of persons needing protection, an appeal on the merits and an improved Pre-Removal Risk Assessment;
  4. There is no article in C-11 dealing with persons refused under the present Act who may be returning to Canada to make a new claim under the enhanced protection provisions of this new Act;
  5. Part 5 of C-11 (Article 201) stipulates that “the Regulations may provide for measures regarding the transition between the former Act and this Act, including measures regarding classes of persons who will be subject in whole or in part to this Act or the former Act....”
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR strongly urge CIC to make provisions in the C-11 Regulations which ensure that persons refused as Convention Refugees under the present Act who return to Canada to make a second claim after C-11 comes into effect will have that claim dealt with as a first claim under C-11.

Res.: 30 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. A number of resolutions, especially Res. 35, June 1994, have raised problems of accountability of immigration officials who abuse the rights of non-citizens in detention;
  2. These problems persist;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR renew its request for the urgent establishment of an independent ombudsperson’s office, for complaints about Immigration practices, especially on detention issues.

Res.: 3 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. 50% of federal funding for immigrant services in BC goes into the general coffers of the province and does not go to supporting direct services;
  2. The BC-federal agreement on settlement services will be re-negotiated over the next year;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR bring forward to CIC National Headquarters, in advance of the re-negotiation of the BC-federal agreement on settlement services, the concerns of members over the compromising of service delivery in BC.

Res.: 8 , Dec 2001
Whereas:

The National Housing and Homelessness Network is working to raise awareness of discrimination and human rights violations confronting newcomers and all Canadians seeking quality and affordable housing;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR join the National Housing and Homelessness Network and the Urban Core Support Network to persuade federal, provincial and territorial governments to support the one percent solution which will create quality and affordable housing for all Canadians and that specific amounts of all new funding be identified for housing for newcomers.

Res.: 13 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The government’s document “Building on a Strong Foundation” calls for closer working relationships with partners, and SAHs are key partners in the private sponsorship program;
  2. Current timelines for the completion of concepts such as Private Partner Sponsorship and Corporate Sponsorship do not allow sufficient time for consultation, discussion and input with partners.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration direct her department to readjust timelines in order to allow for meaningful input from key partners in the development of new operational memoranda, application kits, and training modules.

Res.: 18 , Dec 2001
Whereas:

It has been recognized that the situation of separated refugee children in some provinces (notably Ontario where the largest number of such children arrive) is particularly critical due to the province’s general failure to provide appropriate child welfare services to separated refugee children, and due to the province’s breach of its international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child in defining children to include only those under 16;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on all provincial governments to immediately take responsibility for all children under 18 years in their jurisdiction and in need of protection and care, in accordance with their international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Res.: 23 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Literature has a great impact on public awareness;
  2. There has been inadequate involvement of Canadian writers, poets and people of arts and letters in refugee issues;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to Pen Canada with the aim of:

  1. Sensitizing Pen Canada to the plight of refugees in Canada and the need for their support;
  2. Inviting Pen to get involved with the CCR in its educational programs.
Res.: 28 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The Gender Based Analysis Unit of CIC has completed a gender based analysis of C-11;
  2. The analysis has identified areas of potential negative gender impacts;
  3. Bill C-11 requires gender-based reporting to Parliament;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call on CIC to post the full text of the gender based analysis of Bill C-11, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, on their website;
  2. Request CIC to ensure that the action items identified in the analysis document are implemented;
  3. Request CIC to ensure that the Gender Based Analysis Unit of CIC is provided with adequate resources to carry out the research, data collection and monitoring functions of the unit.
Res.: 33 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. CIC officials frequently acknowledge that the Department does not adequately collect and report statistical data on its programs;
  2. There has been an increase in detentions since September 11, 2001, and accurate data has been impossible to obtain to date;
  3. The CCR, the Centre for Refugee Studies, the Maytree Foundation and independent consultants hired by the Immigration Department have attempted repeatedly to obtain data from CIC on the population of refugees in limbo and have been unsuccessful;
  4. Bill C-11 will shortly come into effect and will have a significant impact on detention, refugee determination and the landing process;
  5. Collection and analysis of data are key components of good public policy and democratic accountability;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to:

  1. Develop, in consultation with the CCR, a process for the regular and timely collection and reporting on issues including: a) Detention of refugee claimants; b) Eligibility determinations and suspensions for eligibility; c) Refugees in limbo due to security and identity issues;
  2. Report these statistics to the CCR and the UNHCR by number, length of time, country of origin, gender, age and region in Canada.
  3. Ensure that high standards of confidentiality are respected.

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