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  • Refugee resettlement serves to protect the most vulnerable among the refugees | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/refugee-resettlement-serves-protect-most-vulnerable-among-refugees (2016-02-13)
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  • Amnesty International Welcomes Federal Government Support of Syrian Refugees | Amnesty International Canada
    Badawi Good News 2014 in Pictures 2015 in Pictures Projects Syrian refugees Global Campaign to Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Amnesty International Welcomes Federal Government Support of Syrian Refugees Public statements November 24 2015 Amnesty International recognizes that the federal government will identify all 25 000 selected refugees by Dec 31 2015 but only 10 000 will arrive by year s end Now the government is extending its deadline to bring 15 000 more Syrian refugees to Canada by two months setting the end of February 2016 as its new target date We welcome the Canadian government s resettlement goal to seek to identify the most vulnerable refugees whatever religion ethnic background or gender said Gloria Nafziger Refugee Campaigner Amnesty International also welcomes the following procedures will be taken to ensure the health and well being of refugees Refugees will include complete families women at risk gays and lesbians and single men identified as vulnerable due to membership in the LGBT community or those who are accompanying parents as part of a family Refugees will be screened through identity and document verification biometric and biographic collection and health screening Full medical exams and security screening will be completed overseas prior to coming to Canada Applicants

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/amnesty-international-welcomes-federal-government-support-syrian-refugees (2016-02-13)
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  • Refugees Welcome Here | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/refugees-welcome-here (2016-02-13)
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  • Canada takes small but disappointing steps forward for Syrian Refugees | Amnesty International Canada
    Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Canada takes small but disappointing steps forward for Syrian Refugees Monday September 21 2015 00 00 By Gloria Nafziger Amnesty Canada s Refugee Coordinator The recent announcement to bring 10 000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to Canada by September 2016 has the appearance of being a step in the right direction Without a doubt in the face of the most urgent refugee crisis in the past 40 years anything that can be done to expedite the resettlement of vulnerable refugees is a step in the right direction But it is a very small and disappointing step forward On the encouraging side Saturday s announcement means that Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are outside their country will now automatically be considered refugees without the need for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to conduct individual status determination This is a very important step forward as groups of Canadians will now be able to submit resettlement applications for individual refugees including for their family members There is no commitment however as to how long it will take for these applications to be processed Wait times in Amman Jordan currently stand at 19 months and 45 months in Ankara Turkey The announcement did provide for an additional 25 million towards the resources for processing of refugee cases hopefully this will substantially increase speed and efficiency Unfortunately the government made no commitment to increasing the number of Syrian refugees who may come to Canada only that those already committed to will get here sooner The commitment of 10 000 Syrian refugees announced already announced in January 2015 has been sped up to 21 months September 2016 rather than the initial timeline of 36 months December 31 2017 A commitment to an additional 10 000 by the end of 2018 would not be instituted until after the election It is deeply disappointing that the government did not make a much bolder commitment to bring a significant number of Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015 Amnesty International and the Canadian Council for Refugees have called for 10 000 this year and then for a high level meeting to be promptly convened to set further generous levels for the years to come Notable public figures such as retired General Rick Hillier have called for much more As well

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/canada-takes-small-but-disappointing-steps-forward-for-syrian-refugees (2016-02-13)
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  • Refugee and rights organizations release proposal for a strong Canadian response to the Syrian refugee crisis | Amnesty International Canada
    Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Refugee and rights organizations release proposal for a strong Canadian response to the Syrian refugee crisis News releases September 11 2015 Wadih 25 and Shan 4 from Syria play at a refugee accomodation facility in an exhibition hall on September 7 2015 in Munich Germany Photo by Philipp Guelland Getty Images With pressure on the federal government mounting from Canadians from all walks of life and all corners of the country looking for Canada to do much more to assist Syrian refugees twelve organizations have today released a comprehensive set of recommendations that should form the basis of Canada s response to the crisis The organizations have decades of wide ranging experience in refugee resettlement protection and advocacy and include the Syrian Canadian Council which has been at the forefront of highlighting the pressing needs of Syrian refugees in Canada and abroad Canada has the experience and the capacity to make a substantial response to the Syrian refugee crisis and Canadians have shown they have the will We are proposing clear recommendations to make the response a reality said Loly Rico President of the Canadian Council for Refugees They include measures to reunite families a substantial boost in the country s resettlement commitments and removal of barriers to speedy private sponsorship And none of that will be effective without a

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/refugee-and-rights-organizations-release-proposal-for-a-strong-canadian-response (2016-02-13)
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  • Time for decisive leadership: Refugee lawyers, human rights activists propose solution to expedite acceptance of Syrian refugees and reunite them with Canadian family | Amnesty International Canada
    Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Time for decisive leadership Refugee lawyers human rights activists propose solution to expedite acceptance of Syrian refugees and reunite them with Canadian family News releases September 10 2015 Toronto ON Syrian Canadians Amnesty International the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers today called on the government to immediately issue Temporary Residence Permits TRPs for Syrians with family in Canada The growing humanitarian crisis of Syrian refugees and the federal government s failure to act innovatively and decisively is spurring advocates to propose its own solutions The advocates say this would be a quick and effective way to ensure families are safe while their permanent resident applications are being processed inside Canada The lengthy multi year processing delays for family sponsorships are unacceptable and especially brutal for Syrian refugees facing dangerous conditions in Syria and neighboring countries said Lorne Waldman Executive member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers As other countries prepare urgent and bold plans to accept more refugees Canada can and must do more than it is currently doing Over the last several days we have seen a number of national governments respond with strong leadership and deep compassion In Canada private citizens faith communities and civic leaders are all responding with generosity and resolve Unfortunately the federal government appears intent on standing pat This is unacceptable In previous times federal governments of different stripes responded ambitiously Canada airlifted 5 000 people from Kosovo in the late 1990s and it took in 60 000 from Vietnam in 1979 80 To date Canada has accepted only 2 374 refugees from Syria during this current crisis The proposal offered today would allow for more Syrian refugees to get to Canada quickly while providing for a more seamless integration and connection to their new surroundings They could then go through the process of becoming a permanent resident It is worth noting that even

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/time-for-decisive-leadership-refugee-lawyers-human-rights-activists-propose (2016-02-13)
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  • Syrian Refugees: Canada Must Act | Amnesty International Canada
    the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean We have talked of the European refugee crisis We have talked of the responsibilities borne by Turkey Jordan and Lebanon Syria s neighbours now sheltering 4 million Syrian refugees 2 million in Turkey alone The numbers are so high in tiny Lebanon that 1 out of 5 people in the country are now Syrian refugees We have long talked of the challenges faced by Italy Greece Macedonia Serbia and Hungary But it was not until the tragedy of Alan Kurdi s senseless pointless and so avoidable death on the Mediterranean s cruel high seas last week and then the agonizing realization that his family had a Canadian connection and his uncle had tried unsuccessfully to come to Canada for safety that our understanding at long last shifted It was not until that moment that finally across the country our leaders our premiers our mayors our neighbours we all finally understood accepted and agreed This is not a Syrian crisis a Jordanian Lebanese Turkish crisis It is not an Italian Greek Hungarian crisis Nor is it a European crisis It is of course all of those things very desperately so But above all else it is a global refugee crisis And a global crisis means global responsibility and global solutions And that includes Canada This global crisis calls us as Canadians to act for so many reasons because of our commitments as a nation to human rights and humanitarian causes because of our wealth and good fortune as a nation because of our Syrian friends neighbours and co workers who already live with and among us across the country and worry about the safety of relatives left behind because of our abilities capacities and resources as a nation that has so often resettled large numbers of refugees in the past andsimply because it is the necessary and right thing to do Over the past week there has been much debate about numbers Commentators have pointed to disappointing past commitments levels which Amnesty International has long said were too low There have been recollections about what we ve done in the past such as at the time of the Vietnamese refugee crisis over 35 years ago And there have been shameful comparisons to what other nations are doing now But those really are not the important questions we need to answer right now The crucial questions in front of us now are what is the need what are we capable of and how do we make sure it happens The Syrian crisis is unlike any refugee situation we have faced in generations Our contribution must therefore be unlike anything we have mustered in generations And we need to be thinking in that immediate time frame now This is not about what we will do over 2 3 or 4 years It is what we must and what we will do now Here are 8 key steps that point the way forward Amnesty International has called for

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/syrian-refugees-canada-must-act (2016-02-13)
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  • Open Letter to PM Harper on Canada`s Contribution to Refugee Crisis | Amnesty International Canada
    Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Open Letter to PM Harper on Canada s Contribution to Refugee Crisis Coalition letters September 03 2015 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa ON K1A 0A2 By fax 613 941 6900 By email pm gc ca September 3 2015 Dear Prime Minister Harper We are writing this Open Letter to you and to the leaders of all federal parties with an appeal for politics and campaigning to be put aside and for the government to take immediate concrete and generous steps to significantly boost Canada s contribution to the mounting Syrian refugee crisis The need for meaningful Canadian action has become all the more urgent with the agonizing news that there is a Canadian connection to the heartbreaking case of Aylan Kurdi a three year old Syrian toddler whose body washed ashore this week on a Turkish beach The tragedy that has befallen Aylan Kurdi and his family dramatically underscores that this crisis is not one for Turkey Lebanon and Jordan alone to bear at the frontlines It is not a crisis limited to Greece Italy Hungary and others faced with mass influxes It is not a crisis which the European Union alone must resolve The human rights and humanitarian crisis in Syria is global The staggering refugee crisis it has provoked is global The solutions must be global Indeed it is also Canada s crisis and Canada must act decisively and generously in opening up safety for the growing number of refugees who are faced with the impossible choice of remaining in desperate conditions in refugee camps or of making terrifying journeys and risking their lives to escape endless suffering There has been considerable debate over the past year about the number of Syrian refugees who will be accepted for resettlement to Canada Last year Amnesty International called on the government to make a commitment to accept 10 000 Syrian refugees through government sponsorship by the end of 2016 with accompanying measures to ensure speedy processing We urged that there also be an increase in the levels of private sponsorship of Syrian refugees We were disappointed that government measures announced in January 2015 were far below that level Those numbers must be immediately boosted Given the reports that have

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-letters/open-letter-to-pm-harper-on-canadas-contribution-to-refugee-crisis (2016-02-13)
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