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|Canadian Council for Refugees statement|
|09/14/01 at 16:40:08|
|Bismillah and salam,|
I think it is important to raise awareness that the arab and mulsim refugee and most recent immigrants are most likely to feel the effects of the discimination resulting from this last few days. We must do something and offer our help. We should as well educate how not all what they define terrorism is in terms of immigration is in fact so. According to such definitions Mandella would be a terrorist and wouldn't have been let in!!!
Also, within our muslim community we should support the teens and the younger who haven't developed their faith properly and are on shaky ground right now from everything they hear and the pressure that is being put on them.
Statement of the Canadian Council for Refugees in response to the attacks
on the U.S.
14 September 2001
In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks this week in the United
States, the Canadian Council for Refugees offers its condolences to the
victims and their families. As an organization committed to the protection
of human rights, the CCR condemns these attacks on civilian lives and urges
Canadians, as well as immigrant and refugee communities, to speak out
against violence and intolerance in our society.
These terrible violations must not be answered by further violations of
human rights. Reports of attacks on Canadian Arab and Moslem communities
are extremely disturbing. Many new Canadians came to this country to
escape from violence and persecution on the basis of religion, race or
nationality. Refugees and immigrants are as horrified as anyone by the
events and condemn the violence. Canadians need to work together to ensure
that our country is a haven from hatred and discrimination. Those in
authority and the media have a particular responsibility to combat intolerance.
Talk is already beginning on what changes in the immigration system might
be needed to protect ourselves against terrorist attack. Much of this talk
focuses on the refugee claim system. The Canadian Council for Refugees notes:
– Refugee claimants make up only a tiny percentage of the visitors and
immigrants that enter Canada every year (only one-tenth of 1%). While
everyone shares the concern that terrorists not be allowed to use the
refugee claim process, it is misguided to look only at this part of the
immigration system. A sophisticated terrorist is surely more likely to
enter, say, as a visitor than as a refugee claimant (since the latter are
fingerprinted and interviewed). Furthermore, a focus on refugees alone
risks leading to measures that penalize innocent refugees, who themselves
are victims of violence, including terrorism.
– Canada already has in place laws that clearly exclude from admission to
Canada anyone who is likely to engage in terrorism. There is no need for
stricter laws (on the contrary, the current laws throw too wide a net and
catch people who in no way represent a security threat). The
implementation of the laws is inevitably challenging and calls for
sophistication on the part of the government, since active terrorists
obviously don’t say that they belong to a terrorist organization.
– There are limits to what can be achieved through the immigration
process. The problem of terrorism in North America and elsewhere is not
going to be solved by focusing on this one small issue. To do so would
cause harm to immigrants and refugees, who are already a vulnerable
community, without getting at the true solutions.
The Canadian Council for Refugees supports efforts to bring those
responsible for these crimes to justice, but notes that those efforts must
not compromise the fundamental principles of due process and human
dignity. These principles must be basic components of any action in order
to avoid an escalation of violence.
The only way to make real the dream of permanent world peace is for all
humanity to work permanently for justice.
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