Fed­eral Court deals another blow to refugee sys­tem

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — The Fed­eral Court says treat­ing refugee claimants dif­fer­ently depend­ing on their coun­try of ori­gin marginal­izes, prej­u­dices and stereo­types ap­pli­cants — and, in one as­pect, vi­o­lates their char­ter rights. In another blow to the Con­ser­va­tives’ over­haul of the refugee de­ter­mi­na­tion process, the court has ruled that deny­ing claimants from cer­tain coun­tries the right to ap­peal de­ci­sions is clearly dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of na­tional ori­gin. Among other things, the gov­ern­ment had ar­gued the sys­tem was not dis­crim­i­na­tory be­cause the coun­try it­self is not the test, but whether or not the coun­try’s char­ac­ter­is­tics make it a safe place. But Jus­tice Keith Boswell dis­agrees and is also re­fus­ing to grant the gov­ern­ment’s re­quest to sus­pend his de­ci­sion for 12 months, rul­ing that each day the cur­rent sys­tem is in force is another day in which refugee claimants’ rights are be­ing de­nied.

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