Canada Torture

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 03.10.2016 | 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 01.27.2016 | 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 10.29.2015 | 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 07.26.2015 | 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...

For Elephants, India's Trissur Pooram Is Torturous

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Sangita Iyer

Temple and festival elephants were drowning in a sea of sadness as the masses gathered in the thousands to celebrate the annual Trissur Pooram in Kerala, India -- the largest congregation of male elephants in the world. More than 90 elephants took turns during a 36-hour festival to entertain the insane crowd, mostly drunk and occasionally drenched by sudden downpours.

Military Ordered To Hand Over Info To Allies Despite Torture Risk: Memo

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has secretly ordered the Canadian military to share information with allies even when there's a serious risk it c...

Seeing the Mistreatment of Elephants in India Was Haunting

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

This past December, I visited some of the most prestigious temples in a place called Trishur where captive male tuskers adorned in glamorous ornaments are paraded on the streets to the rhythm of traditional drum beats and horns. It was gut-wrenching to witness the plight of the captive elephants.

Canadian Torture Policy Irks European Security Alliance

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A major alliance that promotes European security has criticized Canada for opening the door to the use of information that may have been extr...

When Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

The Government of Canada has just given new meaning to the word "chutzpah". Adel Benhmuda tried to claim refugee status in Canada; he failed. When he said he'd be tortured if deported back to Libya this country didn't believe him. After all this country put them through, it should be Canada reimbursing the Benhmudas.

Watching the Watchdog: What Keeping an Eye on Cops Can Do

Tim Knight | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

You can't watch the police riot at the G20 summit or the killing of Sammy Yatim in the bus on all those smartphones and surveillance cameras without believing that maybe, just maybe, the era of the thin blue line endlessly protecting its own might be ending. Not because the cops have cleaned up their act. But because now they're being watched.

Jason Kenney Owes This Immigrant Family One Big Apology

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Adel Benhmuda is owed an apology from this country, as are his wife, Aisha, and their four children. After living in Canada for several years their refugee claim failed and Benhmuda's assertions that he would be tortured in Libya were dismissed. In 2008 the family was deported. Upon arrival in Libya, Adel was arrested and tortured. What I would like Minister Kenney to do is stand up in the House of Commons, admit that his beloved asylum system made a grave error and most importantly, apologize to the Benhmudas for what their family was forced to go through.

Canada Anticipated Getting Grilled By UN: Memos

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada fully expected the intense grilling it got from a United Nations committee earlier this year about its international obligations to sh...