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 [...]
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 [...]
[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 [...]
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 | 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.
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.
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. (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.
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 [...]
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. | 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 [...]
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 – 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 .
(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 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 [...]
Human Rights Watch 2012 | tiff.net.
Human Rights Watch 2012 (February 29 – March 9) Toronto’s most humanist film festival is back for its ninth year, once again taking place at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Human Rights Watch is actually a traveling festival that brings a specially curated selection of about a dozen films to nine [...]
Tortured policy | Ceasefire.ca.]
Last week Public Security Minister Vic Toews admitted that he directed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to accept for Canadian use — “in exceptional circumstances” only of course — information obtained by foreign agencies through the use of torture.
Previous Canadian policy had insisted that CSIS could not knowingly rely [...]
Gail McCabe, the president of OHS, presented a paper to the Ontario Human Rights Commission “Community Dialogue” hearings in Toronto. We were pleased that our paper, written by members of the OHS Ethical Action Committee, was selected from many submissions.
It has been 15 years since the OHRC issued their definition of creeds, which are [...]
Human Rights and Wrongs Jan 13 2012.
Human rights and wrongs: Religion and creed in the public sphere 1:30 – 2:30 pm Fri Jan 13, 2012 U of T Multi-Faith Centre 569 Spadina Ave For Directions http://www.multifaith.utoronto.ca/Contact-Us–Book-Space.htm#Directions
Contesting the boundaries for the expression and accommodation of religious/creed belief and practice in the public sphere with:
Prof. Richard [...]
Human Rights, Religion, and the Law. (Note: Gail McCabe will be presenting a brief on Humanism and equal treatment with regard to religion, to the Ontario Human Rights commission at this conference. )
All are welcome to join an engaging evening exploring whether religion can be defined in law and the Canadian social and historical [...]