Canadian government must work with human rights defenders, Indigenous communities, not against them: United Nations Committee report

23 July 2015 (Montreal, QC) – In a scathing report issued this morning, the United Nations Human Rights Committee said the Canadian government must act to protect the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression and to remove obstacles hindering the work of human rights organizations in the country.

A failing human rights grade could be the wake-up call we need

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Remember that feeling of nervous dread you used to get right before a teacher handed back a test you knew you’d bombed? It’s an old feeling that’s rushing back as Canada prepares to come under review at the United Nations Human Rights Committee – only this time, the whole world is watching.

On July 23rd, the committee will announce the findings of its examination of Canada’s human rights record. This will be the country’s first review in ten years, which essentially makes it a report card about whether Canada has measured up to its human rights obligations.

Canada faces tough review at UN Human Rights Committee

On July 7 & 8, Canada faced its first review by the United Human Rights Committee in 10 years. The committee of 18 independent experts pressed Canada on everything from missing & murdered Indigenous women to anti-terror laws. Observers followed the review using #CanadaExposed on Twitter.

UN Human Rights Committee to review Canada’s rights record

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Next week, the United Nations Human Rights Committee will be reviewing Canada's record on civil and political rights for the first time since 2006. Read on for the details from the United Nations on this important review.

UN Human Rights Committee to review Canada’s rights record

New report from Voices-Voix says federal government “dismantling democracy”

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Since 2010, we have published more than 110 case studies that ‘connect the dots,’ showing a pattern of actions by the federal government to silence critics, stifle debate, diminish knowledge, and dodge accountability.

In Dismantling Democracy: Stifling debate and dissent in Canada, we document the abuse of parliamentary rules, the intimidation of public servants, and the defunding and intimidation of organizations that hold views at odds with the government.

Case Study #110: Foundation for Canadian Studies UK

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The latest case study from Voices-Voix, examining the Foundation for Canadian Studies UK, is now online. It's a compelling case of political interference in an established, and esteemed, institute in the UK which until recently had Canadian charitable status.

#StopC51 Week of Education kicks off

For Immediate Release

Canadians use social media and local gatherings to educate neighbours and MPs, as #StopC51 Week of Education kicks off

With many MPs home in their ridings in advance of crucial vote, over 50 online and offline activities will take place right across Canada for #StopC51 Week of Education

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