Voices-Voix Recommendations in 2nd cycle of UN Review of Canada

Read the second cycle report for the UN Review of Canada in terms of human rights.

In October 2012, Voices-Voix submitted a report, which can be found here. Some of the observations and recommendations in the report were integrated in the Universal Periodic Review's second cycle:

" 22. Voices-Voix (VV) indicated that in 2012, legislation was passed repealing Canada's legislative human rights protection against hate speech (Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act), thus eliminating an administrative and regulatory response to hate speech and leaving a criminal remedy only. It should be noted that this has occurred despite court decisions upholding the constitutionality of such provisions and their conformity with Articles 19 and 20 of the ICCPR.30

23. VV reported a trend of eroding human rights protections offered by Canadian human rights institutions. The Canadian Human Rights Commission has been underfunded and there has been no Chief Commissioner for more than a year.31

58. VV recommended that Canada ensure equitable government funding for human rights, women's equality, and social justice organizations, as well as for Indigenous child and family services agencies; and ensure an enabling environment for civil society. VV further recommended the cessation of public statements that intimidate human rights defenders and social justice activists.91 "

To read the full second cycle report of the UN, click on the link below.