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Voices-Voix: Remarks from Pearl Eliadis at the CCIC Annual Forum 2012

Remarks by Pearl Eliadis at the CCIC Annual Forum: Changing realities, changing roles and the future of Canadian CSOs, Concluding Plenary, Ottawa, May 25, 2012

I have been asked to talk about the Voices Coalition, its work and its relevance to the international development community in Canada. Canadians think of themselves as champions of human rights, leading the way in the international community, forging a strong consensus for human rights and tolerance at home. There are serious doubts today about whether this description is still accurate (...)

Voices: The campaign against advocacy and dissent deepens

Voices: The campaign against advocacy and dissent deepens

Remarks by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada (English branch)
at the Voices-Voix Strategizing Meeting, Ottawa, May 11, 2012

Report on Constitutional Protection for the Right to Information

CLD today published a comparative report on international and comparative constitutional guarantees of the right to information. The report, Entrenching RTI: An Analysis of Constitutional Protections of the Right to Information, is part of CLD’s ongoing work to support right to information reform in Egypt. At the same time, the standards outlined in the report are relevant to any country undergoing constitutional reform in this area.

“Most modern constitutions provide specific protection for the right to information, while courts have interpreted many older constitutions as including similar guarantees,” said CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel. “We hope that this report will help stakeholders in Egypt and in other countries as they advocate for strong constitutional protection for the right to information.”

The Canadian Unitarian: Let Scientists speak

One of the core principles promoted by congregations of the CUC is a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” This is key to realizing the other principles, such as promoting “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process…”, “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all”, and “respect for the interdependent web of all existence…”

To make the search for truth and meaning effective, especially for such important issues as the preservation of our environment, biodiversity, and climate change, the public requires access to the best and latest results of scientific inquiry.

Global Monitoring Finds Widespread Violations of Right to Information

The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), Access Info Europe (AIE) and the International Budget Partnership (IBP) published the report of the Ask Your Government! 6 Question Campaign. Through civil society organizations, 80 governments were asked six questions about budget expenditure on the environment, maternal health and international aid. The report shows violations of the right to access information and places Canada in 40th place.

Failing Grades Mark Report Card on Canada’s Respect for Free Speech

The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) released on 10 May 2011 the 2010-2011 Review of Free Expression in Canada. The report examines "Canada’s most problematic free expression issues: our diminishing right to access of information".

Silencing Dissent: The Conservative Record

Over the past five years, exercise of the fundamental freedom of speech in Canada has been curbed and discouraged by a federal government increasingly intolerant of even the mildest criticism or dissent. Particularly affected have been organizations dependent on government funding which advocate for human rights and women’s equality.