‘Making Free Prior and Informed Consent a Reality’: New Report Launched in London.
“Last week London played host to Indigenous delegates from six continents, the UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples James Anaya and several mining industry representatives, all present for the launch of a new report concerning the Indigenous right to Free Prior and [...]
[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 [...]
G8 reaches “historic” agreement to end rape as weapon of war – TrustLaw.
LONDON (TrustLaw) – The world’s eight richest nations have reached a historic agreement to work together to end sexual violence in conflicts, Britain’s foreign minister William Hague announced on Thursday.
Hague called the “horrific” use of rape and sexual violence as [...]
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 [...]
Landmark climate change report leaked online | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
Climate skeptic leaks UN report because of one sentence (about cosmic rays), but the BODY of the report says scientists now 99% certain human activity causes global warming
The draft of a major global warming report by the UN’s climate science panel has been leaked [...]
UN passes first resolution condeming female genital mutilation
UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Monday passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation, which opponents say more than 140 million women worldwide have had to endure.
Though outlawed in most nations, the measure represents the first time the traditional practice in African [...]
Canada Expected Torture Questions From UN: Memos.
UPDATE on United Nations Convention Against Torture, and Canadian disposition:
In late May, a delegation presented Canada’s latest report on compliance with the UN Convention Against Torture.
OTTAWA – Canada fully expected the intense grilling it got from a United Nations committee earlier this year about its international [...]
UN to Investigate US Drone Program .
The United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism will lead an inquiry into civilian deaths from US drone strikes around the world, to determine whether the strikes violate international human rights and humanitarian laws. The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, in a speech [...]
International Day of the Girl Child – 11 October.
Theme for 2012: Ending Child marriage
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare
October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child,
to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
For its first [...]
NEWS: Harper’s C-10 does not conform with UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
NEWS: Harper’s C-10 does not conform with UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Canadian Press reports that the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child says the Harper government’s tough-on-crime agenda is “excessively punitive” and [...]
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 [...]
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Why has Canada ‘dropped the ball’ on landmine removal effort? – thestar.com. [posted without comment, as actions speak for themselves...]
n 1997, the Canadian government helped spearhead what became known as the Ottawa Treaty, an agreement signed by 125 countries to end the production of landmines, clear the ones that had already [...]
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 [...]
Rich countries pledge $2.6bn for family planning in global south | Global development | guardian.co.uk.
Rich countries have pledged $2.6bn over the next eight years at a family planning summit in London, in what was described as a breakthrough for the world’s poorest women and girls. The money, coupled with commitments from developing countries, is [...]
Rio+20 earth summit: Why Hillary Clinton won applause for statement on women – CSMonitor.com. Piece from the Monitor on the Vatican’s successful move to eliminate ‘reproductive rights’ from the final document. Hillary Clinton vowed the US would ensure ‘those rights are respected.’ By Howard LaFranchi, / June 22, 2012
The United Nations’ global summit on [...]
RIO+20: Canada, Last Holdout, Drops Opposition to Water as Human Right – IPS ipsnews.net.
”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does. – “Anthropologist Margaret Mead
UNITED NATIONS, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – Canada, in a dramatic political turnaround, has [...]
WorldParliamentarians Seek to Deliver Sexual Rights .
ISTANBUL, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – Lawmakers from 110 countries, representing all continents, pledged here last week to intensify efforts, individually and collectively, aiming to attain the goals on safeguarding people’s rights to sexual health and freedom to determine their reproductive choices. The goals were set at the [...]
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 [...]
Bad Canada! Human Right to Water Under Attack. (from Blue Planet Project, COC)
“…This has cost Canada much in international reputation and any previous capital for work on landmines or peacekeeping is long gone. Canada has also lost its spot on the Security Council for the first time ever and Canadian activists can only applaud [...]
World Water Forum Paves the Way to Privatize Nature, Undermine Human Right to Water in Rio+20.
Barlow & Hauter at the Alternative World Water Forum
Statement by Maude Barlow and Wenonah Hauter on the World Water Forum
The 6th World Water Forum this week, despite lagging attendance and Sarkozy reneging on his promise [...]