UN is against applying religious discrimination to refugees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 16, 2014

UN IS AGAINST APPLYING RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION TO REFUGEES

OTTAWA – The Conservative plan to apply religious discrimination to the selection of Syrian refugees for resettlement in Canada stands against UN policies that say “such discrimination undermines the protection and needs-based approach to resettlement”.

In a letter to the head of the UN refugee agency, NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) asks the organization to reiterate the importance of non-discrimination in the consideration of refugee applications.

*Read Dewar’s letter here.

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