Opposing Bill C-31

Bill C-31 is an omnibus bill that, if passed, will make major changes to Canada’s refugee system.  Based on a decade of on the ground experience with QLGBT refugees, we are deeply concerned about the impact of Bill-C-31 for all refugees, and in particular for QLGBT refugees .  Our greatest concerns with Bill C-31 are:

  1. The “safe” country list is profoundly unsafe for QLGBT refugees.
  2. Unrealistically short timelines are unfair—and not necessarily more efficient.
  3. Banning Claimants from making Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications risks returning people to harm.
  4. Detention without review violates human rights.
  5. Under Bill C-31 Permanent Residence is not permanent for refugees.

Act now to protect the human rights of people facing homophobic and transphobic persecution. Write, email or call your MP. Tell your MP that Bill C-31 is unfair to refugees, and potentially less efficient than the system we have now. Bill C-31 should be withdrawn.

Success Stories

Congratulations, Chamain! 

Charmain, with two colleagues,  is just opening her own Law Office. Considering that Charmain first entered Canada as a refugee claimant. She originally came from Malaysia via the US. (this was before the safe third country agreement). She made her claim because of a feer of persecution as a member of a particular social group. 

After being accepted as a Convention Refugee in Vancouver she moved to Toronto to go to Law School.  Now she’s a fully fledged lawyer and open for business!

We miss you here in Vancouver, Charmain, and wish you great success!

RAINBOW REFUGEE ACTION NETWORK

Rainbow Refugee Committee is a Vancouver based community group that supports and advocates with asylum seekers who fear persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.  QLGBT/HIV+  asylum seekers in Canada through the application and settlement Process.

Rainbow Refugee Committee (RRC)  has launched Rainbow Refugee Action Network (RANN) to create links and collaborations with others who share these goals:

  • Promoting access to asylum protection for those who face homophobic or transphobic persecution.
  • Working to change Canadian refugee policies and practices that work against the safety and rights of QLGBT people
  • Working on migration related social justice issues that impact Queer Gay Lesbian Bi Trans people
  • Advocating for social justice for all migrants as allies

RRC is member driven and all volunteer. We engage in political advocacy while maintaining a non-partisan stance. RRAN welcome links with organizations and individuals who are engaged in activism, advocacy, support and research with QLGBT asylum seekers in Canada and beyond.

RANN blog is PUBLIC. DO NOT POST COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR OWN OR ANY OTHER PERSON’S MIGRATION STATUS

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