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World Refugee Council Report Spurs Canadian Legislation that Would Use Frozen Assets of Dictators to Help Refugees

World Refugee Council Calls for Major Actions to Transform the Global Refugee System

OPINION: Make Corrupt Foreign Officials Pay

Ratna Omidvar, Policy Options
| April 25, 2019
In this opinion piece, Canadian senator and World Refugee Council member Ratna Omidvar makes the case for her new bill, the Frozen Assets Repurposing Act, which would allow the Canadian government to confiscate and repurpose the seized assets of corrupt foreign leaders to help refugees and others who have suffered under their regimes, thus creating an innovative source of financing and providing urgent resources for the displaced of the world.
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World Refugee Council Report Spurs Canadian Legislation that Would Use Frozen Assets of Dictators to Help Refugees

March 21, 2019
A new bill that would allow the Canadian government to confiscate and repurpose the seized assets of corrupt foreign leaders to help refugees and others who have suffered under their regimes was introduced in the Senate of Canada today. Bill S-259, the Frozen Assets Repurposing Act, was tabled this afternoon by the Honourable Ratna Omidvar, a Senator from Ontario and a member of the World Refugee Council.
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WATCH: Empowering Refugees through Technology

February 26, 2019
Refugees and internally displaced persons often lack access to information, resources, and educational, financial and social services. Developing technology in a way that empowers and protects refugees will create positive change in the global refugee system.
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Canada Plans to Convene Lima Group Meeting on Venezuela's Future: Sources

The Canadian Press
| January 24, 2019
Thousands of people arrive in Colombia each day from Venezuela, many of them women and girls in particular need of protection from physical threats and assault, said a report released Thursday by the World Refugee Council, a global body composed of nearly two dozen political leaders, policy advisers and academic experts.
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