Canada Human Rights

Taking Human Rights Seriously Can Help End Poverty in Canada

Michele Biss | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Michele Biss

It's nowhere to be seen: human rights being used to address poverty in Canada. Human rights are a key tool in poverty reduction work in Canada, placing the most marginalized at the centre of policy -- but in communities across the country, it seems as though governments are not connecting the dots.

UN Report On Canada's Human Rights Record A 'Wake-Up Call'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics

“Human rights in Canada are under assault, and the UN human rights committee noted that today.”

Feds, UN Clash Over Potential Rights Violations By Canadian Mining Companies

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics

"A country could not just provide corporate identity to a company and then be unperturbed by whatever the company could do around the world."

Canada Sidesteps Mining Industry Questions At UN Human Rights Review

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Politics

he committee asked Canada to provide answers to 24 separate questions about how it implements the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Canada's Human Rights Record Under UN Review For First Time Since 2006

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Politics

The government's contentious Bill C-51, political audits of charites, and treatment of First Nations are among the agenda items.

We Can't Afford To Slow Down the Fight For Human Rights

Gary Pieters | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Gary Pieters

The fact is that our world was built on massive violations of human rights. The trans-Atlantic slave trade was matched in its brutality by the slave labour of indigenous people in the silver and gold mines of South America -- millions died in the Pitosi mine alone. The first joint-stock corporation, the Dutch East Indies Company, included enslaving of indigenous people in its business model.

Harper Gov't Accused Of Whitewashing Country's Human Rights Abuses

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The NDP and civil society groups are accusing the Harper government of whitewashing human rights abuses in Colombia in the latest report to P...

Why the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Crisis is Greater Than You Realize

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

What is most needed to solve cases of missing and murdered women, and protect others from becoming victims, is information. Canada is long overdue in setting up a national DNA database for missing persons and unidentified human remains, she says. Canadian police forces need to better share information with the public that could help break cases and find missing women.

Sarah Beamish On Why She Fights For Human Rights at Home and Abroad

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Sarah Beamish is the newest member of Amnesty International's International Board. She is the second Canadian in Amnesty's 52-year history to be on th...

It's The UN vs The Harper Tories.. Again

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is once again engaged in a war of words with a United Nations agency.Canada can't credibly preach human rights on the i...

Canada Shouldn't Enable Saudi Abuses

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Ziyaad Mia

Our government may say that we're engaging the Saudis to foster reform in the kingdom. Apartheid South Africa's allies made similar arguments, calling for "constructive engagement" with the racist regime. Thankfully, Canada rejected that approach and led the world on sanctions, which hastened the end of apartheid.

Harper Stresses Human Rights Concerns At Francophone Summit

CP | Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Politics

KINSHASA, Congo - Prime Minister Stephen Harper stressed the importance of human rights on Saturday during a visit to the Democratic Republic of the C...

Harper Raises Human Rights Concerns At Francophone Summit

CBC | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada is "particularly concerned" about violence against women being committed in the eastern part of the Democrat...

Baird Avoids Overseas Abortion Funding Issue

CBC | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Politics

Canada stands up for women and girls around the world, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday in a speech that outlined the battle against fo...

Canada's Key To Countering Terrorism Is...

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says countering extremism means telling the world that Canada is open, diverse and inclusive.In a speech ...

Should China Be Quizzing Canada On Human Rights Abuses?

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2012 | Canada Politics

Aboriginals from British Columbia have asked China's president to quiz Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Canada's human rights record during his visit ...

Canada's Housing Crisis Goes Beyond Attawapiskat

Rob Rainer | Posted 03.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Rob Rainer

Housing is increasingly unaffordable for many. Federal support for housing has plummeted and could decrease further in an era of so-called fiscal restraint. The numbers point to more and more households unable to meet, or at risk of not meeting, basic needs including housing. Something's gotta give.