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Toronto event: RCMP officer Debbie Pond on Human Trafficking

Debbie Pond, RCMP – Inspector (Ret.), won many awards during her career in law enforcement, including the Order of Merit of the Police Force (2007) and the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013). She is a member of the National Advisory Team of Defend Dignity, an organization to end human trafficking in Canada, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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