Canada Torture

Silent Suffering in India

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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...

The Iran Tribunals: Finally Holding Death Committees to Account

Mahsa Alimardani | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada
Mahsa Alimardani

A process of truth and reconciliation is underway this week in The Hague -- the Iran Tribunals. The aim of the tribunals is to bring the facts, individuals, and victims of the mass executions that marked the beginnings of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As witnesses of day one related their stories to the audience, there was a feeling of clarity. More than one tear was shed for these tragic experiences, and the lives lost.

Michael Vick Just Adopted a WHAT?

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

2012-10-15-HumaneBanner.jpgThis man who tortured animals, who hauled out their teeth without anesthetic, who hanged them and mutilated them -- has a puppy to call his own, and a seat at the table with the "leading anti-dogfighting group in the nation." Does the Humane Society of the United States have no decency?

Stockwell Day Admits He May Have Used Info Obtained By Torture

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A former federal cabinet minister told an Ontario court Thursday he had been warned that there was no way of knowing whether information in ...

Ottawa Hasn't Learned Their Lesson About Torture: Arar Lawyer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A lawyer who represented torture victim Maher Arar says information-sharing directives issued to federal security agencies show the governmen...

Did Tory Directives Lead To Torture And Rights Abuses?

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservatives are condoning immoral abuses — and flouting the law — by allowing RCMP and Canada Border Services officers to use infor...

Tories Quietly OK Police Use Of Info From Torture

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has quietly given Canada's national police force and the federal border agency the authority to use and share inf...

Military Torture Story Was all For the Sake of Selling Papers

Peter Worthington | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Eight military police officers whose conduct was under examination, have been cleared and the whole matter of whether or not Canadian military police tortured Afghanis is filed away as it should have been -- and would have been if the Globe and Mail hadn't had a bee in its bonnet, intent on rooting out scoundrels it believed were in our military.

No Country Should Get Away With Torture -- Not Even Canada

Sukanya Pillay | Posted 08.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Sukanya Pillay

May 2012 was Canada's turn to appear again before the UN Committee Against Torture. Governmental responses that the UN Committee should focus on countries worse than Canada don't make sense -- should a corporation with a strong ethical record say that it no longer needs to undergo audit processes because there are other corporations out there cooking the books?

How Canadian Prisons Torture the Mentally Ill

Renu Mandhane | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

In recommendations released today, the UN Committee Against Torture slammed Canada's treatment of prisoners with mental health issues. Given that Canada is viewed by many as the "gold standard" in corrections, these findings are also an important reminder that serious problems remain within the Correctional Service of Canada.

Is Canada Really Against Torture?

Renu Mandhane | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Renu Mandhane

The story of Ashley Smith's in-custody death in 2007 was so shocking that it touched many Canadians unaccustomed to empathy for prisoners. Our report, produced by the International Human Rights Program at the Faculty is shocking because it details how women a lot like Ashley continue to be treated in a manner that breaches their human rights.