Human Rights Petition to End Discrimination

16 January 2022 - 12:00 am

Please read, sign, and share PETITION e-3638 by 9:00 a.m. on JANUARY 17, 2022, to help end discrimination against non-religious persons in Canada’s refugee policies: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-3638

ONLY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR PROTECTION

Several countries do not tolerate dissent from the state religion. Punishment for dissent may be torture, imprisonment, or death. Canada’s “Less Complex Claims” refugee policy is a fast-track policy that gives those at risk of being persecuted for their faith access to refugee status in Canada without requiring a hearing. At present, non-religious persons are EXCLUDED from this refugee policy, DESPITE the fact that they are at risk of being tortured, imprisoned, or killed if they renounce religion in their home countries. Also, even though the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the right to freedom FROM religion as much as freedom OF religion to both refugees and citizens, this policy excludes NON-RELIGIOUS refugees. It is time to stop this discrimination.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Sign and share this petition by 9:00 a.m. on JANUARY 17, 2022: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-3638

PETITION TO REVISE CANADA’S REFUGEE POLICY

Since 2020, Secular Connexion Séculière (SCS), with the support of several Humanist organizations, has been working to amend Canada’s “Less Complex Claims” refugee policy to include atheists in the list of people eligible for refugee status, so they will be treated equally as those belonging to the religions currently listed in the policy. This petition will be sent to Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, to request that the legal considerations be amended. SOFREE supports this petition and is helping to raise awareness of its importance and its impact on improving human rights for everyone.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Sign and share this petition by 9:00 a.m. on JANUARY 17, 2022: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-3638

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