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Bill strips refugees' rights, advocates say

posted Apr 20, 2012, 11:06 PM by Milorad Borota
Vancouver Sun March 27, 2012

A new bill under debate is dangerous and will strip refugee claim-ants of their most basic rights under Canadian and international law, according to a group of human-rights advocates and refugee lawyers.

The Justice for Refugees and Immigrants Coalition, comprising members from Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Council for Refugees, held a news conference Monday to denounced Bill C-31.

Bill C-31, now at second reading, is an attempt to update the Immigration and Refugee Protections Act in the hopes of speeding the process and limiting a backlog of applicants. It could become law as early as June.

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