Defending Rights for All: Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for a new Canadian Government

Amnesty International Canada, 10 December 2015

The change in government following the October 2015 federal election must now become the catalyst for a new approach and strengthened commitment to improving Canada’s domestic and international human rights record, Amnesty International said with the release of its 2016 Human Rights Agenda for Canada: Defending Rights for All today, International Human Rights Day.

“With people across the globe facing numerous grave challenges to their well-being, bold actions from governments to protect and promote human rights are needed. Canada can and must champion those efforts,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. “As well, Canada has urgent human rights issues at home that have gone unaddressed for far too long. Dealing with those issues is an integral part of making Canada a strong voice for human rights on the international stage.”

Amnesty International’s Human Rights Agenda for Canada lays out recommendations with respect to eight areas of human rights challenge and opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau and his government:

  • Human rights in Canadian foreign policy
  • Living up to international obligations
  • The human rights of Indigenous peoples
  • Gender equality
  • Human rights, business and trade
  • Protecting refugees
  • A human rights-based approach to national security
  • Embracing dissent and free expression


To read the full report, click the link below.