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Harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief

Harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief

NEW YORK / GENEVA (31 October 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, told the UN General Assembly that “harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can [...]

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Canada-EU Non-Trade Agreement Stalled Over Human Rights Language

Canada-EU Non-Trade Agreement Stalled Over Human Rights Language.

OTTAWA – Canada and the European Union are hoping the momentum of last week’s free-trade announcement will carry over into a troublesome side agreement.

Sources close to the talks say the separate Strategic Partnership Agreement — which covers non-trade matters such as human rights — may get [...]

IHEU: On world stage, India lets down its child brides

On world stage, India lets down its child brides – The Times of India.

[Note: The IHEU has forwarded the BHA’s speech on this topic at the UN Human Rights Council, Sept, 2013 

http://iheu.org/story/humanists-speak-out-appalling-practice-and-consequences-child-marriage]

 

LONDON: India, the world’s child marriage capital, has once again failed its under-age brides.The country has refused to [...]

Harper government receives flak for funding anti-gay Christian aid group – The Globe and Mail

Harper government receives flak for funding anti-gay Christian aid group – The Globe and Mail.

The Harper government has received scores of letters and e-mails over government funding being provided to an organization that referred to homosexuality as a “perversion” and “sin.”

The Prime Minister’s Office and the office of the international development minister got [...]

NEWS: Barlow says dropping water levels in the Great Lakes a threat to the right to water

NEWS: Barlow says dropping water levels in the Great Lakes a threat to the right to water.

The Georgina Advocate reports, “With the Canadian government having received the long-awaited advice from the International Joint Commission on how to address low water levels in the Great Lakes, all eyes are now on Ottawa and Queen’s Park. [...]

Harper wants to keep human rights out of CETA

NEWS: Harper wants to keep human rights out of CETA.

Embassy magazine reports, “A proposed text linking human rights to trade in a discussed Canada-European Union political agreement could lead to an eventual suspension of the much-awaited (Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) – making federal government officials uneasy, Embassy has learned. …Canadian and European [...]

OXFAM: Tell your MP to keep aid focused on poverty and human rights

Take Action – Write Today | Oxfam.ca.

Keep aid focused on poverty and rights 

Big changes are underway in Canada’s aid program. As part of budget Bill C-60, the federal government plans to merge the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

Let’s make sure that ending [...]

Event, Ryerson, April 26: FROM LOCAL TO INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGING CANADA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD AT THE UN

[Forwarded by Gail] The United Nations Human Rights Council is now conducting its comprehensive review of Canada’s compliance with international human rights laws – its

Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

A delegation of Canadian civil society groups was in Geneva last month, March 2013, to attend a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council – to [...]

Human rights policies eroding under Harper government

Common Causes: Human rights policies eroding under Harper government. [extracts from Maude Barlow’s report on the goals and aims of Common Causes, a new community democracy project of the Council of Canadians launched this week]

“Through a wide variety of initiatives, policies and positions at both national and international levels, Canada’s traditional reputation as a [...]

Saudi Arabia uses capital offence of ‘apostasy’ to stifle debate |

Saudi Arabia uses capital offence of ‘apostasy’ to stifle debate | Amnesty International Canada.

A court in Saudi Arabia has decided to proceed with the prosecution of an online activist for apostasy, a charge which carries the death penalty, in what Amnesty International said is a new bid to stifle political and social debate.

On [...]

CCLA: Human Rights Day: Punishing Vicitms of Human Smuggling won’t work

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Punishing+victims+human+smuggling+work/7673340/story.html

CCLA:  [note, the ENGLISH version uses the words “Canadian humanitarian tradition“. The French version says: “La tradition humaniste, le respect de la lettre et de l’esprit des engagements internationaux ainsi que de la Charte canadienne”…   wish we knew which letter was the original…. and who changed the wording… Mass detentions are incompatible with a [...]

Harper government blocking human rights language in Canada-EU trade deal, claims it would violate state sovereignty

Harper government blocking human rights language in Canada-EU trade deal, claims it would violate state sovereignty.

The Harper government is throwing the most unusual roadblock in front of its prized Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. During meetings with members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, Blair Redlin (CUPE) and I learned that [...]

Write for Rights with Amnesty International on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10th

Write for Rights with Amnesty International on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10th. (Humanist Associations and organizations may wish to organize a letter writing campaign for International Human Rights Day, Dec 10)

Prepare yourself to save a life on December 10th 

Narges Mohammadi is detained in Iran for defending women’s rights. See her letter-writing [...]

Right Livelihood Awards, or ‘alternative Nobels,’ to activists in US, UK, Afghanistan, Turkey

Right Livelihood Awards, or ‘alternative Nobels,’ to activists in US, UK, Afghanistan, Turkey.

STOCKHOLM – A British anti-arms trade campaign and promoters of peace, human rights and the environment from the United States, Afghanistan and Turkey have been named as winners of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the “alternative Nobels.”..

The prizes [...]

Golcorp sponsors Conservative MPs to visit Marlin mine in Guatemala

NEWS: Golcorp sponsors Conservative MPs to visit Marlin mine in Guatemala.  (best government money can buy…)

“MiningWatch Canada is highlighting that the Vancouver-based mining company Goldcorp provided an all-expenses-paid trip for Conservative MP Dean Allison (Niagara West-Glanbrook, Ontario), Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent-Essex, Ontario), Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti (Saint Leonard-Saint Michel, Quebec), Independent MP [...]

Outrage over anti-Islam video threatens to reignite blasphemy debate at U.N.

Outrage over anti-Islam video threatens to reignite blasphemy debate at U.N. | McClatchy.

“Human rights are not about protecting religions; human rights are to protect humans,” added Radsch, who’s followed the issue closely at the U.N. “Who is going to be the decision-maker on deciding what blasphemy is?

UNITED NATIONS — The divide in world [...]

The rights of the Whanganui River recognized

NEWS: The rights of the Whanganui River recognized.

“In a landmark case for the Rights of Nature, officials in New Zealand recently granted the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, with legal personhood… The decision follows a long court battle for the river’s personhood initiated by the Whanganui River iwi, an indigenous community with strong [...]

Ottawa allows RCMP, border agency to use torture-tainted information

Ottawa allows RCMP, border agency to use torture-tainted information – The Globe and Mail.

The Conservative government has quietly given Canada’s national police force and the federal border agency the authority to use and share information that was likely extracted through torture.

Newly disclosed records show Public Safety Minister Vic Toews issued the directives to [...]

New ICC prosecutor vows to focus on victims

New ICC prosecutor vows to focus on victims .

(note: Fatou Bensouda replaces Luis Moreno-Ocampo)

LONDON, 30 July 2012 (IRIN) – That a war crimes court should focus on the victims of war crimes sounds like a simple concept.

But many of those living in the African communities where most of the atrocities being prosecuted [...]

Canada gets rare reprimand from UN for undermining right to water

Canada gets rare reprimand from UN for undermining right to water.

Canada has been chastised on World Water Day for undermining the right to water by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. The Rapporteur openly criticized Canada for “proposing the removal of an explicit reference to [...]

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