Canada Torture

I've Seen Torture's Devastating Effects. Let's End It For Good

Wendell Block | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Wendell Block

U.S. President Donald Trump recently reflected publicly on the issue of torture as a tool for interrogation. He claims that "it works." As health-care providers who work with torture survivors, we feel compelled to outline evidence that refutes president Trump's contention and highlight the horrific consequences to survivors.

North Korea: A Humanitarian Crisis Decades In The Making

Harith Chaudhary | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Harith Chaudhary

Through inaction we are implicated. Through apathy we are condemned. History will not judge the DPRK regime kindly, but what of us who allowed it to stay in power for so long? What Pandora's Box awaits us with the fall of North Korea?

6 Human Rights Issues Trudeau Must Discuss With Trump

Alex Neve | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Alex Neve

The high level of cooperation between Canada and the United States over many decades has deeply intertwined our two countries and preserving Canada's long-held partnership with the United States will no doubt be at the top of Prime Minister Trudeau's to-do list in Washington. But he must be clear in sharing the message that mutual observance and commitment to upholding human rights must be at the very centre of the special bond between Canada and the United States. Worryingly, President Trump has so far given much reason to believe that regard for human rights is not high on his own to-do list.

Reject Information Obtained Through Torture Once And For All

Tim McSorley | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Politics
Tim McSorley

In 2011, the government introduced a ministerial directive that allows, under exceptional circumstances, for information garnered under torture by a foreign country to be transmitted to and used by Canadian security agencies. These kinds of directives play a clear role in perpetuating human rights abuses.

Canada Has The Power To Seek Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Freedom

Irwin Cotler | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Badawi has been languishing in a Saudi prison since his first arrest in 2012, and his subsequent sentencing in 2014 to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes, itself constitutive of torture and a standing violation of international human rights law. Raif Badawi's "crime"? Establishing an online forum and exercising his right to freedom of expression.

We Need A Human Rights-Based Approach To National Security

Alex Neve | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Alex Neve

Human rights or security? In Canada and around the world the debate rages on; but it is an utterly false debate. We must, finally and firmly, reject the assumption and assertion that more of one necessarily leads to less of the other. There is no security without human rights.

Optimism As Fate Of India's Captive Elephants Hangs In Balance

Sangita Iyer | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Sangita Iyer

As animal welfare groups around the world eagerly await India's Supreme Court verdict on the petition for captive elephants filed by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (WRRC), Ms. Suparna Baksi Ganguly, (SG) the Hon. President of WRRC weighs in on the future of India's heritage animal.

Canada Must Correct Its Wrongs And Apologize To Three Torture Victims

Monia Mazigh | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

The case of three Canadian citizens: Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin, resurfaced this week in the media bringing back the dark side of Canadian complicity with regimes that routinely use torture and forced disappearance in their so-called "war on terror."

Without Urgent Action, Millions Of Iraqi Children In Line Of Fire

David Morley | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

If you're a child in Iraq today, the odds of growing up in a safe and secure environment are not in your favour. According to a new UNICEF report, 3.6 million children in Iraq -- or one in five -- are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction or recruitment into armed groups.

No Rhyme Or Reason Behind Canadian Family's Ordeal In Egypt

Nadia Abu-Zahra | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Abu-Zahra

Swept up in the dream of democracy, it seemed, her hubby took a consulting role. But the civil service in which he served was as short-lived as a drumroll. No sooner had he turned 34 (on his birthday, no less) that he was slammed in jail by a general who ruled the state under duress.

Canada Must Finally Take A Stand Against Torture

Monia Mazigh | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

The Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Stéphane Dion, recently declared that Canada "should join this important protocol" -- the United Nations' Protocol against Torture. More than a decade after it was initially passed, Canada is still sitting on the bench and watching cases after cases of torture happening.

Hold CBSA Accountable For Deporting Detainees To Torture

Monia Mazigh | Posted 03.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Despite all the legal battles Mohamed Harkat and his wife have been conducting to allow him to stay in Canada, he finds himself today facing deportation to Algeria. Recently CBSA filed a report where it plainly concludes that Mohamed Harkat should be deported to Algeria, despite the risk of being tortured there if he returns.

Researcher's Violent Death In Cairo Raises Uproar Among Academics

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada

Regeni disappeared on Jan. 25 and his body was found in a ditch on the outskirts of Cairo more than a week later.

How The Liberals Can Fix Bill C-51 And Reform National Security

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Ziyaad Mia

Canada has a new government with a markedly different tone. Gone are the cardboard villains and divisive rhetoric. Despite voting for it, prime minister Trudeau promised that C-51 would be amended. However, because C-51 is deeply flawed the best approach is to scrap the legislation and start fresh.

The Intrinsic Value Of Elephants Far Supersede Their Monetary Value

Sangita Iyer | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

India has a moral obligation to save this global treasure. But sadly, elephants are being captured illegally from the wild for the illicit ivory trade, and exploited commercially. Elephants are a keystone species, which means the survival of other species in the forest ecosystem depends on the elephants

My Documentary Will Explore the Story of an Elephant Tortured to Blindness

Sangita Iyer | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

We've gathered undercover footage of Lakshmi's entire ordeal. Gods in Shackles will expose the abhorrent torture that Lakshmi tolerates every single day. Her sad story along with that of four elephants featured in our film epitomizes the pain and suffering of more than 600 elephants of Kerala, whose welfare is being compromised for profit.

Amnesty: CSIS Reliance On No-Torture 'Assurances' Raises Red Flag

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada Politics

"... always problematic from a human-rights perspective."

There's Progress Amid the Torture and Abuse of Elephants

Sangita Iyer | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Rightfully, the secretary of HATS has called for a ban to transporting elephants in trucks, he has told me that the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests is taking immediate measures to amend the elephant transportation rules that will also restrict the speed limits of these trucks.

Silent Suffering in India

Sangita Iyer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

A friend recently asked me how can a patriarchal country that abuses its women, and destroys girls even before they are born treat its animals compassionately? The question inspired me to delve into this conundrum and I found some parallel realities between the mistreatment of women and elephants in India. While elephants are being killed for ivory and exploited for profit, in the name of culture and religion, women are being exploited for dowry.

Why Has Canada Still Not Signed the UN's Optional Protocol on Torture?

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. So why is it so difficult for Canada to ratify a document that ensures the type of horrific actions perpetrated by these groups -- including torture -- are stamped out? What is preventing Canada from fulfilling its commitment to ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture?

Why I Made a Documentary About Elephant Cruelty in India

Sangita Iyer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The festival season for humans is a season of torture for elephants in Kerala. In my attempts to expose the brutality, I embarked on a mission to produce a feature length documentary film this past March. It's called Gods in Shackles.

The Human Elephant Conflict in Kerala Has Deadly Consequences

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The situation is dire for Asian elephants as there are approximately 30,000 left on the planet with around 23,000 of them in India, and therefore protecting every single Asian elephant is necessary for the long term survival of this endangered species.

Why Has Our Supreme Court Barred Civil Claims by Canadians Tortured in a Foreign State?

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

The International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights were interveners before the Supreme Court and argued that the right to a remedy is protected under international law, and is a principle of fundamental justice under the Charter (which protects life, liberty and security of the person). The Supreme Court rejected that argument.

White People Who Do Nothing Only Add To The Racism Problem

Simon Lapierre | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada
Simon Lapierre

If we, as white people, cannot completely understand the experience of racism on a daily basis, we can try to position ourselves as allies in the combat against racism. As Darrell Cannon reminded us that, if we close our eyes and do not denunciate racism, we are also being part of the problem.

Step Up Law Enforcement to End Atrocities Against Temple Elephants

Sangita Iyer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

A temple elephant that has been paralyzed by torture with a banned weapon is fighting for his life. His handler reportedly tied a knife to a nine-mete...