Eight years of federal inaction: Groups to call for independent oversight of Canada Border Services Agency

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Vancouver – It has been eight years since the Arar Commission of Inquiry recommended that an independent review agency oversee certain activities of the Canada Border Services Agency. No action has been taken.

Representatives of legal and human rights groups will discuss a number of incidents of alleged abuse in which CBSA conduct has placed individuals in potential danger, including those involving detainees from the Tamil refugee vessel Sun Sea, and from Afghanistan.

In the wake of the death in custody of Lucia Vega Jiménez, and these other incidents for which there has never been accountability, the groups will call for an end to the inaction on establishing an independent complaint and review agency for all exercise of police powers by the CBSA.

What: Press Conference
When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:30 am
Where: BCCLA office, 900 Helmcken St (corner of Helmcken), 2nd floor

Josh Paterson: BC Civil Liberties Association
Prof. Catherine Dauvergne: Canadian Council for Refugees
Lesley Stalker: Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers