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Res.: 27 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. The CCR has prepared a report, dated October 18, 1993, reviewing the serious problems with the Post-Determination Refugee Claimant in Canada Class (PDRCCC);
  2. The post determination review process under the current regulations has resulted in an acceptance rate of less than one percent and this process is wholly unsatisfactory to the NGO community and unfair to the refugee claimants;
  3. The regulations adopted to define this process are unduly restrictive and do not permit many worthy cases to be considered fairly;
  4. The CCR has received evidence of instances which may amount to cruel or inhuman or degrading treatment of victims of torture and other persons of concern to members;
Therefore be it resolved:

That:

  1. The CCR call for an independent and impartial inquiry into this treatment;
  2. The CCR demand that the government revise the criteria for the review process so that the immigration officials' discretion not be unduly fettered and normal humanitarian considerations be addressed;
  3. The CCR ask that the government make a clear commitment not to deport torture victims, and particularly victims of rape, unless there be clear and imperative reasons to deport these persons related to serious criminality;
  4. The CCR request that the evaluation under the post-determination review be completely separated from the officials in charge of deportation and that the review officers receive proper training in Canada's international obligations;
  5. The CCR call upon the government to address in an effective and open fashion all the concerns raised by the recent report by the CCR.
Res.: 7 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. Persons accepted on humanitarian and compassionate grounds must meet the admissibility criteria as set out in Section 19 of the Immigration Act;
  2. According to Section 19(1)(b) of the Act, anyone who represents a burden on society, among others women who receive social assistance, is inadmissible as an immigrant;
  3. This clause is seriously prejudicial to single mothers and other women who have parental responsibilities for children they have in their care, who have been accepted on humanitarian grounds, or who would have been accepted were it not for this provision;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to take measures so that the Immigration officers not consider Section 19(1)(b) of the Act when establishing whether a single mother, or other woman who has parental responsibilities for children in her care, meets the admissibility criteria.

Res.: 12 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. CCR Resolution 6, May 1993, called on the Canadian embassy in Ankara to recognize the risk to the lives of Kurdish refugees and expedite their resettlement in Canada;
  2. There are approximately 400 Iraqi refugees identified by the UNHCR who are living in wretched conditions in camps in Turkey even though they were accepted by Canada over one year ago;
  3. Medicals are beginning to expire as a result of the long delays;
  4. These people have not been considered for resettlement in other countries because of their acceptance by Canada;
  5. Tension in camps is rising and there is fear of refoulement;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR contact the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration exhorting Canada to let all of these already accepted refugees depart for Canada immediately.

Res.: 15 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. The government has announced that it will no longer offer full immigrant processing at all visa posts and will centralize immigrant processing worldwide;
  2. There is already a limited number of visa posts with full immigration consulars;
  3. This creates hardships particularly in affected countries and more particularly creates hardships for women who are restricted financially and socially from accessing these posts;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR contact government officials to express its concern over the reorganization, pointing out the negative impact in limiting access particularly for women.

Res.: 20 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. 85% percent of the world refugee population are women and children and the number of refugee children exceeds 10 million;
  2. Refugee children are the most vulnerable sector of refugees all over the globe;
  3. Refugee girls are persecuted for their gender and refugee children bear responsibilities for childcare and for parenting of younger children;
  4. Refugee children suffer regular violations in camps which rarely gain attention and condemnation in the media, including hard physical labour, malnutrition, epidemics, rape and are deprived of adequate schooling and education opportunities;
  5. Unaccompanied children and minors suffer detention in many countries;
  6. The defense and protection of refugee children has not received adequate attention in educational material and international legal conventions;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR take action with the Canadian government and relevant international organizations to:

  1. Call for an international legal instrument for the protection of refugee children as a supplement to the Geneva Convention and Protocols;
  2. Call for an increase in relief aid and educational resources to refugee children, especially those in camp situations;
  3. Increase the numbers of unaccompanied minors resettled in western countries, after suitable efforts at family reunification have been exhausted;
  4. Demand an end to the detention of refugee children and call for the use of other more humane mechanisms to accommodate these children;
  5. Call for measures to eradicate prostitution, rape, female genital mutilation and other abuses in refugee camps, and for resources to be made available to assist in the healing of children victimized by these abuses;
  6. Call for humane measures concerning international adoptions of refugee children.
Res.: 25 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. The Federal Court of Appeal recognized in the Cheung case that a woman fearing forced sterilization in P.R.C. is a member of a social group and a Convention refugee;
  2. In a subsequent decision, the Chan case, the Federal Court of Appeal maintained, with a dissent, that a man fearing forced sterilization is not a member of a social group and is not a Convention refugee;
  3. This latter decision is pending leave to appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada;
  4. This latter decision has the effect of restricting the scope of the definition of social group as developed by the Supreme Court in the Ward case;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR intervene in this case if leave is granted, subject to availability of funds.

Res.: 5 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. The intent of training is to improve the quality and accessibility of settlement service delivery for immigrants and refugees by improving the skills of settlement workers;
  2. The demand for training in all regions of the country is increasing;
  3. Training programs do not exist in most parts of the country, and where they do exist they are underfunded;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR play a leading role in advocating to the federal government for the expansion of existing and the creation of new funding programs for settlement training.

Res.: 10 , Nov 1993
Whereas:
  1. The United Nations persuaded the Kurds of Northern Iraq to return to their homeland;
  2. The current food, medicine and electricity shortages as well as the "double embargo" are all combining to cause great suffering to the people of Iraqi Kurdistan, and to create sentiments of frustration and distrust of the allied forces among some of the Kurds;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR request the Department of External Affairs to urge the United Nations to ensure that adequate economic aid is given to the people of Iraqi Kurdistan to ensure that basic needs are met, thereby promoting greater overall stability in the region.

Res.: 23 , Jun 1993
Whereas:
  1. The CCR passed resolution #11 and #18 at the May 1992 Consultation;
  2. The CCR is still concerned with the quality and the independence of the CRDD members;
  3. To be suitable Board members must have positive attitudes towards people of diverse cultures backgrounds and should not stereotype;
  4. Board members ought to be sensitive to the unique needs of refugee women claimants and be aware of the special forms of persecution directed at women;
  5. The previous government addressed part only of the concern by advertising vacancies and allowing for disciplining and removal of members;
  6. A political culture of cynicism and callousness towards refugees has developed in some regions and among some board members;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR contact the new Minister of Immigration and request that:

  1. Resolution #11 and #18 be implemented and a continuous program of sensitivity training be established;
  2. The CCR and appropriate regional Bars be involved in the review and confirmation of continuing contracts of members;
  3. The IRB develop a continuous review of Board members who are unsuitable and develop a procedure to remove or discipline such members.
Res.: 24 , Jun 1993
Whereas:
  1. In December 1988 the government promised refugee claimants in the Refugee Claimant Backlog a swift and simple resolution of their cases;
  2. Since 1989 the CCR and its members have repeatedly responded to evidence of stress and misery resulting from this protracted process by calls to the previous government to allow the persons to proceed to landing;
  3. Some persons have been denied landing because their spouse has a minor criminal infraction;
  4. Almost 5 years later in November 1993 there are persons remaining in Canada whose status has not yet been resolved;
  5. A person has the right to have such a civil suit resolved in a reasonable time, which is less than 5 years;
  6. Many persons remain under constant threat of removal from a country where they have become established because their situation has not been finally resolved by the federal government;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR and its members now call upon the federal government to suspend removal of persons in the refugee claimant backlog and allow them and their families to be processed for landing in Canada.

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