CCR Resolutions Database

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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.
Res.: 6 , Dec 2001
Whereas:

The CCR participated in the Durban World Conference against Racism (WCAR);

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call on the government of Canada to advocate for a Durban plus 5 Conference and monitor the progress that has been made since WCAR;
  2. Bring forward refugee and immigrant concerns to any shadow report prepared on Canada for the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on the progress since WCAR;
  3. Continue to promote the involvement of youth and aboriginal people in CCR anti-racism work;
  4. Continue membership in the National Anti-Racism Coalition (NARC), including serving on the steering committee.
Res.: 11 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Large numbers of letters, e-mails and faxes have been received by CCR members alleging torture in Ethiopia by the government and its agencies;
  2. Ethiopia is a signatory to the UN Convention against Torture;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write and request the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International and the International Red Cross to investigate these allegations.

Res.: 16 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. The increasing number of separated refugee children in Canada has drawn attention to the protection gaps existing in Canada, in particular the inconsistent practices regarding care and guardianship of separated refugee children in different provinces;
  2. Canada has obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the federal and provincial governments to immediately resolve the jurisdictional issues and put into place measures that are consistent across Canada to fill the gaps in protection, care and guardianship of these vulnerable children, in accordance with Canada's international obligations.

Res.: 21 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. In June 2000, CCR called for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and CIC to immediately implement the recommendations in the SIRC report concerning three complaints made by people suffering delays in landing for security reasons, and the responses to CCR by both the Solicitor General and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration noted that “decisions on admissibility rest with CIC”, not with CSIS;
  2. The recommendations of SIRC appear to have had no effective role in modifying CSIS recommendations to CIC in this case;
  3. Although one of these complainants has been responded to positively, the other two cases remain unresolved at the present time;
  4. Bill C-36 greatly expands the ability of Canadian authorities to deem someone a “terrorist” and an organization a “terrorist organization;”
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to introduce legislation to expand the authority of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) to review security certificates issued not only against Canadian citizens, but also those issued against permanent residents, Convention refugees and refugee claimants;
  2. Call on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to instruct her officials that, where SIRC has heard a complaint against CSIS and issued a report, the report be given primacy in the Department’s decisions with regard to admissibility;
  3. Call on the Solicitor General to introduce legislation to expand the authority of SIRC such that SIRC be empowered to review and issue binding reports on the government’s listing of “terrorist organizations” under Bill C-36.
Res.: 26 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Refugee claimants are often not advised by CIC that they have the right to legal counsel at various points in the claimant process;
  2. Failure to advise has caused harm to some claimants;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request that the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration ensure that those in the process of making a refugee claim be clearly advised, without bias, of their right to legal counsel in the refugee process and, where available, be provided with information on the ways to procure legal counsel.

Res.: 31 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Security concerns now require more intensive examinations of travellers at borders;
  2. Profiling based on identity has been used in the past;
  3. Profiling based on identity is highly demeaning for those involved and discriminatory;
  4. A serious public concern warrants the necessary costs and a broader sharing of the inconveniences;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the government of Canada not to use profiling based on identity for border examinations and to ensure on-discrimination, by, if necessary, examining whole travelling populations.

Res.: 4 , Dec 2001
Whereas:
  1. Settlement agencies received a memo dated Nov. 2, 2001 indicating that “Enhanced Reliability” clearances on LINC, ISAP, RAP and Host staff will be a contract requirement as of 2002-2003, referring to this as a measure prompted by the events of September 11;
  2. The memo is unclear about which staff will be subject to such requirements;
  3. The memo implies that CIC is creating a vulnerable computer system after having assured settlement agencies that the system would be secure;
  4. The CCR fails to see any connection between September 11 and credit checks on those handling valuables;
  5. Agencies are liable for the actions of their staff and volunteers and thus have measures in place to assure their reliability;
  6. Preliminary investigation indicates that no other federal department which manages contribution agreements, such as HRDC, Health Canada, CIDA, etc., are implementing similar measures;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Request clarification from CIC regarding: a) What staff CIC believes need a security check and why. b) What credit checks are envisaged, whether they include volunteer board members who have bank signing authorities, and why. c) Why there is a rush on checks on staff using a computer system which we had been assured was secure and through which agencies would only have access to data regarding their own clients;
  2. Urge the Prime Minister to address this issue as an example of systemic racism and the targeting of immigrants by the federal government;
  3. Examine the Human Rights implications of this matter with the Human Rights Commission;
  4. Explore the possibility of a charter challenge on this issue;
  5. Bring the issue to the attention of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
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.: 9 , May 2001
Whereas:
  1. The CCR opposes interdiction and has affirmed in Resolution 13 of May 93 and in the report of a task force published in May 1998 and entitled Interdicting Refugees its commitment to the right to seek asylum in Canada, but notes that the practice of interdiction continues;
  2. The International Air Transport Association Control Authority Working Group Code of Conduct for Immigration Liaison Officers of October 1998 provides that Liaison Officers should direct requests for asylum to the office of the UNHCR or to the appropriate diplomatic mission (paragraph 2.3);
  3. Interception of refugee claimants en route to Canada is normally effected by airline staff or subcontracted security firms who are not subject to the code of conduct and not by governmental Liaison Officers;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR ask all airlines with offices in Canada transporting passengers to Canada to adopt a code of conduct for their airline staff, the staff of any allied airlines acting as their agents, and subcontracted security firms effecting interceptions which would provide that intercepting employees provide information to every person intercepted about:

a) the refugee claim procedure in the country of interception.

b) the local office of the UNHCR.

c) the diplomatic mission of the country of destination in the country of interception.

d) local non-governmental organizations that could assist the person in making a refugee claim.

Res.: 3 , May 2001
Whereas:

delays cause anxiety and instability for refugees and their families;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR contact the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and urge that CIC be resourced to supply sufficient support staff to provide for expeditious processing of family reunification, private sponsorships and other matters that require avoidance of delays and backlogs which cause pain and anxiety to refugees.

 

Res.: 1 , May 2001
Whereas:

The CCR reaffirms Resolution 3 from November 1992 and Resolution16 from December 2000,

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Verify with the Privacy Commissioner and the Canadian Human Rights Commission and seek independent legal advice on the ethics of:  (i) agencies releasing client information without explicit, voluntary, informed client consent.  (ii) having newcomers sign blanket release of information forms upon arrival, raising significant issues of informed, voluntary consent and raising issues of how agencies will be able to know which clients may have refused release of information;
  2. Request that CIC do a cost-benefit analysis of moving from aggregate data collection to individual data collection;
  3. Urge CIC to heed the suggestions in the Kathleen Stevenson report;
  4. Urge CIC to enter into a discussion with the sector about the desired outcomes of settlement services and base the performance measurement and program evaluation framework on these outcomes.
Res.: 6 , May 2001
Whereas:
  1. Immigrant serving agencies require operational funds to deliver services to newcomers as per the terms of contribution agreements of CIC;
  2. There has been an ongoing problem with service provider organizations having insufficient cashflow to deliver continuous services to newcomers due to delays in the approval of new contribution agreements;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on CIC to be accountable to the service providers and newcomers by implementing timely application and approval target dates to ensure that new contribution agreements are signed and new year advances are released before existing contribution agreements end.

 

Res.: 11 , May 2001
Whereas:
  1. National Detention Standards remain at a draft stage but function as de facto guidelines;
  2. It is acknowledged that there are no management oversight boards for detention facilities within the CIC structure and no satisfactory complaint mechanisms;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge CIC to:

  1. Amend and adopt the draft National Detention Standards in line with NGO proposed amendments;
  2. Establish management oversight boards for CIC detention facilities and an effective complaint mechanism for detainees and NGOs;
  3. Adopt national detention standards for persons detained in non-CIC facilities.

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