HEADLINES

Canada: Backsliding On Human Rights Under Harper

BY CHRIS COBB, JULY 23, 2015 Photo: Simon Hayter

canadian-fracking-protest-erupts-violence

What is the UN human rights committee?

The UN Human Rights Committee is composed of 18 human rights and legal experts from across the globe, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan and Canada.

All signatories to the UN’s human rights covenant are required to submit to periodic assessments of their internal human rights situations.

What the UN Human Rights Committee is telling Canada:

– Ensure that all Canadian corporations respect human rights while operating abroad.

– Make more of an effort to ensure that Canadian men and women – especially minority and indigenous women – are paid equally for work of equal value.

– Adopt sufficiently clear legal safeguards to offset extra powers of surveillance given to security agencies under recent amendments to the Canadian Security Intelligence Act. Independent judiciary should be involved in surveillance decisions.

– Ensure that all allegations of ill treatment at the hands of police are independently investigated by “strong” independent bodies.

– Stop detaining asylum seekers for indefinite periods and find non-custodial alternatives.

– Address overcrowding in prisons and jails and stop using solitary confinement as a regular punishment. Improve access to treatment facilities for mentally ill inmates.

– Renew Canada’s “traditional commitment” to the promotion and protect of freedom of expression and avoid the sort of violence and repression that occurred at the G20 summit in 2010 and during Quebec student protests in 2012.

– Stop using the Income Tax Act to strip NGOs of charitable status as a means of placing “unnecessary restrictions” on their efforts to defend human rights.

– Address the disproportionately high rate of incarceration of indigenous Canadians and find alternatives to detention.

– The committee worries about “Excessive use of force by law enforcement officers during mass arrests in the context of protests at federal and provincial levels, with particular reference to indigenous land-related protests, G20 protests in 2010 as well as student protests in Quebec in 2012.”

– It expresses concern about gender inequality in Canada and makes several recommendations to improve the lives of aboriginal Canadians.

– The report also urges Canada to get a grip on Canadian companies operating abroad – especially mining companies – and introduce an “effective, independent mechanism” to investigate human rights abuses by those companies.

– It raps the federal government for what it characterizes as attempts to limit the activities of civil rights groups by revoking their charitable status.

“This isn’t about whether Canada has the best or worst reputation in the world,” he said. “It is about whether we still have work to do to ensure that human rights are fully upheld and respected in the country, and the UN is telling us that we do,” Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada Secretary General.

To read the rest of this very informative article BY CHRIS COBB,on the OTTAWA CITIZEN click on the link below

Canada backsliding on human rights, UN committee says.

Click Picture for a Popular Article

  • Refugee-girl-cries-as-her-Central-American-shanty-town-is-destroyed-0714-by-Spencer-Platt
  • Ray Rivera, left, a DJ at Pulse Orlando nightclub, is consoled by a friend, outside of the Orlando Police Department after a shooting involving multiple fatalities at the nightclub, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
  • A U.S. Marine Corps recruit with Company F, 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, provides security aboard Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 25, 2016. The recruit simulated providing security while the rest of the recruits carried ammo cans to their fighting holes to simulate combat preparation. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps by Lance Cpl. Erick J. ClarosVillalta).
  • Codepink protesters outside the NRA headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia June 19, 2016. (Photo: CODEPINK).
  • Father says life teaches you many lessons to grow mature&strong and that what we are going through is just the hardest one
  • Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov listens to U.S. Secretary of State Kerry during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York
  • Mona Relief Delivering Lifesaving Food, clothing, blankets and medicine to villages dying under the siege of Saudi War on Yemen. (Photo: Mona Relief) alistairreignblog.com
  • The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) will receive $20 million – under the Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) – to establish and operate the Centre for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies. January 13, 2006. (Photo: Adam Scotti). AlistairReignBlog.com
  • ery same government who deliberately allowed this occupation to take place last fall. Regardless of what is happening with a possible injunction application, I urge every person to call the Premier’s office in the morning, telling her she has to get her administration working overtime to get rid of tent city and under no circumstances to move this horror story a block away into Mt. Edwards where we’ll then have a PERMANENT tent city indoors, with all the same shit going on every day and night!
  • Many children in the street killed from a Saudi-led airstrike on a Yemen refugee camp.

Click Picture for a Popular Cartoon

  • In episode two he addresses the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the humanitarian catastrophe in the impoverished Republic of Yemen. Minhaj warns America to reconsider their attitude toward Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Donald Trump and I Lama Crazy. alistairreignblog.com
  • Donald Trump for President of the (Mexican free and NOW Muslim free) United Sates of America. (AlistairReignBlog.com),
  • Way-Back Machine: Who Owned It Best? Come on in and pick out your favorite Dracula cape! Who flaunted the full-length cape better than the rest?
  • When cartoons turn into people
  • Donald Trump will save the day
  • Nicki 'Minnie' Minaj
  • Putin Pumpkin Head
  • Donald Trump for President
  • Comic Strip: Terror News with Chuck. (Alistair Reign News Blog - Comic Strips: www.AlistairReignBlog.com).

Start a Conversation or Write a Caption This joke.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.