Human Rights Watch

4 Canadian Companies Linked To Banned Cluster-Bomb Trade

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Business

More than 150 companies worldwide have invested $28 billion in cluster munitions.

Zi-Ann Lum

'Years' Of Injustice Fuelled Water Crisis On Canada's Reserves: Report | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics

A human rights watchdog released a report calling on Canada to give First Nations equal rights to clean drinking water.

Justice For Salim Alaradi And Others Arbitrarily Detained In UAE

Mustafa Elmanea | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Mustafa Elmanea

I became the lead defence counsel for several men of Libyan origin who were disappeared by the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) State Security Service (SSS) in 2014. I knew at the time that our position was a just one, but I didn't realize how much the fate of my clients would impact the conduct and reputation of nations.

Canadian Doctor Held In Pakistan For Political Reasons: Supporters

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Politics

Dr. Asim Hussain was forced to stand up all night in a dark room while blindfolded with his hands tied, supporters say in a brief on his case. He went into kidney failure and had a heart attack.

A Father's Plea For Help After 44 Years Of Giving To Canadian Society

El-Tantawy Attia | Posted 04.22.2017 | Canada Politics
El-Tantawy Attia

I ask our new government to petition the Egyptians so my four grandchildren can return to Canada with their father. It's time for Canada to reclaim its position as an international champion of human rights. What better place to start than to stand up for one of its own? Help end this ordeal.

Saudi Arabia Executed 157 In 2015, Highest In 2 Decades

CP | Aya Batrawy, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.02.2017 | Canada

At least 63 people were executed for drug offences.

First Nation Without Clean Water Takes Case To U.N.

CP Politics | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics

Shoal Lake 40 has no all-weather road and has been without clean water for 17 years.

Human Rights Watch Raises Concerns Over Police Tactics In B.C. Trial

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Federal law enforcement authorities are "targeting in sting operations people who are particularly vulnerable," the groups says

A Generous Donation Makes Charities Think Harder About Cooperation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian music industry mogul Gary Slaight announced his foundation was giving a $7 million donation to seven non-profit organizations, he didn't just hand over a cheque. He presented a vision. Slaight wants non-profits to come out of their silos and change the world with cooperation.

A Clearing in Canada: Ottawa's New Standards for Sustainability

Joseph Kirschke | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph Kirschke

For Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources Ltd., the timing could hardly have been worse: Just as Canada issued its latest corporate social responsibility (...

Networks of International Hate Will Destroy Venezuela

Isaac Nahon-Serfaty | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Isaac Nahon-Serfaty

Attracted to these networks of hate are certain academics who openly defend Venezuela's authoritarian regime with weak arguments that do not withstand a minimal confrontation with the facts. These academics are blind and deaf before evidence, even when it is irrefutable and speaks for itself.

SEVEN-Year-Olds Work U.S. Tobacco Farms

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Business

RICHMOND, Va. - You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting n...

Shame on the West for Ignoring Mass Murder

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.27.2014 | 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?


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 dismissed by...

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.