United Nations Human Rights Council

Canada Has The Power To Seek Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Freedom

Irwin Cotler | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Badawi has been languishing in a Saudi prison since his first arrest in 2012, and his subsequent sentencing in 2014 to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes, itself constitutive of torture and a standing violation of international human rights law. Raif Badawi's "crime"? Establishing an online forum and exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Dion Won't Say If Canada Voted Against Human Rights Abusers At UN

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Politics

Foreign affairs minister lauds actions government has taken.

Baird Rips United Nations.. Again

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is once again maligning the United Nations, accusing its human rights council of singling out Israel and ...

Todd Ross On The Canada He Wants And What He Is Doing About It

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Like the famous Metis proverb -- "If you want to grow strong, never forget your roots" -- Todd Ross has certainly not forgotten his rich and diverse roots. The ambitious activist has truly become one of the most influential advocates for a slew of public issues here at home and abroad. He shares with me the many causes he is involved in, reflects on his aboriginal heritage and his dream for Canada.

How the LGBT Community Gets Down to Business

Edward Jackson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Impact
Edward Jackson

Living while being gay still gets you killed in many parts of the world. Pulsing with hate, powered by bigotry, mobs have brutally attacked and killed fellow citizens solely because the sexual orientation of their victims differed from that of the majority. In hostile settings it makes sense for minority groups to join together in common businesses, networks and programs. There is some safety in numbers. There is also economic leverage.

A Bastion for Human Rights? The UN Nominates Syria...Seriously

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

In what can only be described as an act straight from the "theatre of the absurd," comes news that Syria is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. That Syria is able to even nominate for the UNHRC in the first place, let alone be in a strong position to win a seat, is reflective of the endemic problem with the body -- the fact that observance of human rights is no barrier to becoming a member.