The “Secret Trial Five”
Canada has 5 men in custody who came from countries that supposedly torture in
their prisons (Amnesty). Canada wanted to deport them back, but they decide that
they won’t. Canada then decided (the supreme court) that they will deport back to
torturous countries with exception.
All but one was released from the Kingston penetentary.
The dominant group sees these refugees as threats to Canadians. Refugees are
stopped from leaving a safe third world country. Refugees have to make claims from
their home country so that they are stopped before they come to Canada.
Canada’s refugee policy has the same criteria as for immigrants.
Interdiction- refugees have to give documents in order to have permanent
residence. If you do not, you have to wait five years until you can get this. Based on
the assumption that ppl w.out identification papers abuse the system or they pose a
threat b.c they aren’t who they say they are. For most refugees, these documents are
almost impossible to produce b.c they are fleeing.
Freedom of movement is supposed to be a universal human right, BUT refugees do
not have the freedom.
The Minister of the Public –Bil c64- prevent smugglers from abusing canada’s
immigration act. This was when the tamil refugees arrived in Vancouver.
This is different from human trafficking laws. Make these refugees pay a huge
amount. The anti-smugguling policies are more harsh to the victims and refugees.
Punishes the refugees for the sins of the smugglers.
Contoversy: this bill is unconstitutional. The bill has been reintroduced as bill c-4.
It is tough on crime, but it punishes refugees.
Dominant discourse: Canadians have something to fear from refugees. These
policies systemically discriminate. Mostly discriminate women, the poor, and people
Asylum seekers need protection from canada’s refug