Q: What are some of the issues relating to human rights in the new refugee program?
Refugee rights advocates have identified a number of human rights issues with recent Government legislation. Specifically, recent changes have:
- Imposed unreasonably short deadlines on asylum-seekers, thereby preventing claims from being properly presented
- Imposed one year of automatic detention on certain refugee claimants
- Designated countries as safe when in fact they are not safe for certain groups of claimants, such as women survivors of violence or sexual minorities
We believe that the recent changes may violate the equality rights of some refugee claimants under section 15 of the Charter and the section 7 Charter rights to life, liberty and security of the person.