Reject IRPA, anti-refugee amendments in Bill C-97.

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This is a call for Reject IRPA, anti-refugee amendments in Bill C-97, which make a person ineligible to make a refugee claim in Canada and thus to be heard by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), if they have previously made a refugee claim in US and some other countries with whom Canada has an information-sharing agreement.

This means that numerous refugee claimants, who may need Canada’s protection because they face persecution, torture or death in their country of origin, will be denied access to Canada’s refugee determination system.

That significantly reduce the rights of refugee claimants, and place many people at increased risk of being sent back to face persecution, in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and of Canada’s international human rights obligations.

The inclusion of such changes in a budget bill is undemocratic and means that Parliamentarians will fail to properly consider the proposed changes, despite their profound impact on the fundamental rights of vulnerable people.