In collaboration with the refugee communities from the following countries, on which Canada has imposed a moratorium on removals: Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

Media Advisory

For immediate release
25 September 2006

Press conference:
Lives on hold: The limits of humanitarian and compassionate applications

Members of the media are invited to a press conference where new information will be presented on the situation of moratorium country nationals.  After waiting years, many of these nationals have recently received a negative response to their application for permanent residence.  Their lives therefore remain on hold and the need for a comprehensive solution is more urgent than ever. 

A report analysing the negative decisions made in response to humanitarian and compassionate applications will be made public.

When:                       Tuesday 26 September 2006, 10am

Place:                       Centre Afrika, 1644 rue St-Hubert, Montréal

Speakers:                 Nationals of moratorium countries whose applications have been rejected
                                Rick Goldman, Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes
                                  Janet Dench, Canadian Council for Refugees

Contact: Colleen French, CCR Communications and Networking Co-ordinator, tel.(514) 277-7223, ext. 1

Information on  “Lives on Hold” (the situation of moratorium nationals) can be found at The new report will be available there as of 26 September.