April 4 is Refugee Rights Day -- YOU can help defeat C-31

Minister of Censorship and Deportation Jason Kenney has tabled Bill C-31,
an omnibus Refugee Exclusion Act. It creates a two-tier system of refugee
protection that mandates nationality-based discrimination, mandates
incarceration for many asylum seekers, denies and revokes permanent
residency for many who have already been granted refugee status, and
violently targets and expels refugees and migrants from Canada. This Act
also introduces intrusive biometrics data collection on all migrants and
gives increased powers of arrest and detention to border guards. This
racist and repressive new bill is a major roll-back on an already
minimalist and exclusionary refugee system.

Learn more – Joint NOII Statement – Axe the Refugee Exclusion Act:


1) April 4th is Refugee Rights Day. We encourage you to post on your
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites about the Refugee
Exclusion Act and migrant justice issues. The mainstream media and even
many of us have been silent or unaware about this recent attack on refugee
rights, so raising awareness is a critical first step. Tag and post to
Jason Kenney, your MP and news channels. Share any and all of the links
listed below (scroll down).

- Suggestions for Facebook status or add links (included below):

“April 4 is Refugee Rights Day. Do you know about the new Refugee
Exclusion Act tabled by the Tory government and Minister of Censorship and
Deportation Jason Kenney? It creates a discriminatory two-tier system of
refugee protection, mandates incarceration for many refugees, and revokes
permanent residency for many who have already been granted refugee status.
This is a racist and repressive new bill and we have to fight it!”

“Axe the Refugee Exclusion Act. It entrenches detentions, deportations,
and the violence of border controls. Canada is built on the theft of
Indigenous lands; the exploitation of labour especially slave, migrant,
and reproductive labour; and the global appropriation of natural resources
through imperialism. Today is Refugee Rights Day and I believe that
everyone has the right to stay, the freedom to move, and the right to

- On Twitter we suggest people start using the following hashtags (leading
upto and beyond April 4th). On April 4th, let’s get them trending!
#noBillC31 #RefugeeExclusion

Suggested tweets (add any of the links included below)

Axe the Refugee Exclusion Act, another Tory attack on refugees & migrants
#noBillC31 #RefugeeExclusion #cdnimm #cdnpoli

From Crime Bill to Refugee Exclusion Act, Tories housing plan is prisons
#noBillC31 #EefugeeExclusion #cdnimm #cdnpoli

Axe the Refugee Exclusion Act. people v @kenneyjason, we are many
#noBillC31 #RefugeeExclusion #cdnimm #cdnpoli

- You can also change your profile picture for April 4:

2) Sign & share Amnesty’s appeal to MP’s – easy way to send a message:

If you would like to send your own message, here are two sample letters:
http://scr.bi/GNtvx2 and http://is.gd/jCeRm6
You can find your MP’s contact info here http://bit.ly/mfMkVq

3) Share information about the Refugee Exclusion Act:

- NOII Joint Statement:

- NOII-Toronto Axe the Refugee Exclusion Act Video:

- Human Rights Watch statement:

- Human rights and legal organizations (Amnesty International, the
Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Canadian Civil Liberties
Association, and the Canadian Council for Refugees) joint statement:

[NOTE: one of the demands of these organizations is implementing the prior
negotiated Bill C-11 instead of the currently proposed Refugee Exclusion
Act. NOII disagrees that Bill C-11 is a 'balanced, reasonable compromise'.
We oppose compromises that exclude certain migrants, entrenches
discrimination based on nationality, and deny full justice

- Myths and realities about Bill C-31 from Canadian Council of Refugees
and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers:

- Children in Detention Video:

- Everything You Can Stomach Knowing about Minister Kenney:

- Kenney “Wanted” poster image:

- No One Is Illegal the System Is Illegal & our Seven Demands:

- Post a photo from our flickr site or a video from our channel: