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|Refugee bill discriminatory: Amnesty International||| Print ||
|Written by Tavia Castle|
|Friday, 17 February 2012 14:49|
The new immigration reform bill introduced Thursday may be unbalanced and discriminatory to what may not be deemed "safe" countries, according to Amnesty International.
The Bill was introduced Thursday by Minister Jason Kenney and according to the cbc.ca, it will toughen the measures in the Balanced Refugee Reform Act.
Minister Kenney said in a news release that the bill is in part an effort to crack down on bogus refugees. It would eliminate the right of appeal for all refugees outside of what are deemed "safe" countries.
In a press release, Amnesty International said Bill C-31 falls short of international legal requirements with respect to human rights and refugee protection.
Media Relations representative of Amnesty Beth Berton-Hunter told thedailyplanet.com the bill is really discriminatory, and unfair.
"They're really discriminatory against people if their home country isn't "safe," said Berton Hunter. "It's a lot of discrimination to countries all over Europe."
Biometric identification will be introduced, making fingerprints and photos a requirement for people who apply for visas to Canada. This technology is already implemented in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
"Biometrics will be an important new tool to help protect the safety and security of Canadians by reducing identity fraud and identity theft," said Minister Kenney. "As fraudsters become more sophisticated, biometrics will improve our ability to keep violent criminals and those who pose a threat to Canada out."
The immigration reform would also dismantle the committee of independent experts that designate safe countries, leaving that decision totally up to Minister Kelley. Amnesty International is concerned that giving that responsibility solely to the Immigration Minister increases the risk that decisions could be influenced by foreign policy considerations like trade and investment.
"The bill doesn't look at any way to appeal," sad Berton-Hunter.
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