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Council for Refugees Criticizes Canada’s Treatment of Non-citizens in
United Nations Committee
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) today published its report to the
Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights criticizing
for its failure to respect the basic rights of non-citizens.
think of Canada as
a country that respects human rights, but in fact we often fall short,”
Elizabeth McWeeny, CCR President.
“Along with aboriginal peoples, refugees and immigrants are
rights are most frequently violated in Canada.”
highlights family separation as one of the key problem areas for Canada. Immigration policies and practices keep
children separated from their parents for years, sometimes for ever,
Canada’s obligation to protect families.
Among the barriers to family reunification are regulations which
certain family members, deny family reunification to those who are poor
separated refugee children, and impose family separation on live-in
and seasonal farm workers.
report notes that discrimination against non-citizens underlies the
highlighted and in itself represents a violation of the right to
non-discrimination. The report also
documents how some non-citizens are denied government benefits and
such as the National Child Tax Benefit Supplement, leaving children in
poverty. Another topic highlighted is
Canada’s failure to respect the rights of temporary workers to organize
prepared for the UN’s examination in May 2006 of Canada’s compliance
obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
element of the International Bill of Human Rights.
report can be
found at http://www.ccrweb.ca/CESCRsubmission.pdf
and supporting background
information at http://www.ccrweb.ca/CESCRbackgrounder.pdf.
Dench, Executive Director, (514) 277-7223 (ext. 2)
Chute Molina, KAIROS, (416) 463-5312 (ext. 252) on the rights of
Sadoway, Parkdale Community Legal Services, (416) 531-2411 (ext. 229)
organize an interview with a person directly affected by points raised