Human Rights Watch

Shame on the West for Ignoring Mass Murder

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

What have you heard about Burma, Tibet, Northern Cyprus? Even less than Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Don't look. Pretend it's not happening-or pretend that efforts at peace will work-if we just give it enough time. Rwanda took more than 100 days. The Jewish people waited five years. Syria has been in conflagration for three years. Talk. Talk. Talk. Well maybe there will be talk. But then who's listening. The media? There is a certain presence of an absence in far too many hot spots.

The Human Rights Issue In Sochi You Haven't Heard About

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Faster. Higher. Stronger. Cheaper? As we gather excitedly before our televisions this month to marvel at Olympic quadruple jumps and backside 1440 triple corks (yes, these tricks look as cool as they sound), yet another human rights issue in Sochi marks a stain on the ice rinks and ski chalets themselves.

Another Sochi Activist Jailed

CP | Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada

SOCHI, Russia - An activist who has been monitoring environmental fallout from the Sochi Olympics has been jailed for five days for resisting police, ...

Drones: The West's Best Ethical Response to Terrorism

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

The war on terror is not being fought amongst "officers and gentlemen." There are no rules of engagement that demand that innocent lives not be put into jeopardy by using civilians as human shields or suicide bombers. The terrorism must be stopped. Drones are the West's best ethical defense against terrorism. They save the lives of our soldiers and reduce the killing of innocents. Amnesty International reported "unlawful killings in Pakistan through drone attacks, some of which could even amount to war crimes," on October 22, 2013. If these are "war crimes" what do we call the damage caused by suicide/homicide bombs and bombers in countries all over the world?

DEAL

CBC | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada

Syria has accepted Russia's proposal to place the war-torn country's chemical weapons under international control for dismantling, a move di...

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

Investigation Launched Into RCMP Abuse Allegations

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Canada's RCMP watchdog is initiating a probe into allegations that Mounties raped, tortured and neglected indigenous women in northern B.C. The Com...

'Highway of Tears' Abuse Allegations Dispute Can Be Resolved: Chief

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A First Nations chief from the area known as the "Highway of Tears" says a dispute between RCMP and advocates over alleged abuse...

Mounties Raped, Abused Women in Northern B.C.: Report

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling on the group Human Rights Watch to share information with police about allegations of abuse by RCMP ...

Forced LAbour Used At Canadian Mine: Report

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A highly critical human rights report released Tuesday is shedding new light on the darker implications of the Conservative government's ambi...

New Highway Of Tears Probe Launched

CBC | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia

An international human rights watchdog is now investigating the high number of unsolved cases of missing and slain women in B.C. Human Rig...

My Country is Under Attack. Do You Care?

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

I'm angry. You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel -- over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on Washington, London, Paris or Moscow? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people. I'm angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me -- for no other reason than being Israeli. No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

The Eaton Centre Shooting Doesn't Make Toronto Dangerous

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Bernie Farber

The Eaton Centre shooting this past weekend is not the first time Toronto has been faced with such angst. Yet despite the latest violent outburst, our city remains a safe place. We're very lucky to live in Toronto; in comparison to many other urban centres in North America, crime and violence rarely touch us.

Saudi Arabia Still Won't Pass the Olympic Torch to Female Athletes

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

For the first time, two Saudi Arabian women have publicly stated their interest in participating in the Olympic movement. But the Middle Eastern nation has never sent a female to the Olympics and doesn't plan on it anytime soon. There are currently 153 youth leagues supported by the Saudi government, yet all blatantly exclude female participation. Is it time for the Olympic Committee to take a stand?

Althia Raj

Tory Plan To Detain Illegal Immigrants Under Fire

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.20.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The mandatory one-year detention of illegal immigrants proposed under the Tories' new anti-smuggling bill violates basic human rights and b...

CSIS Questioned Canadian In Gadhafi Prison, Group Claims

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A human-rights group says agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service interrogated a Libyan-Canadian while he spent eight years in...

Human Rights Watch Calls For Investigation Into Cheney Over Torture

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2011 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A human rights group is urging the federal government to bring criminal charges against former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney, accusing him...