Transparency,​ ​Digital​ ​Rights,​ ​and​ ​NAFTA

NAFTA: Don’t trade away our digital rights

August 18, 2017

Voices-Voix signed on to a joint statement by organizations from Mexico, Canada and the United States regarding NAFTA and its implications for our digital rights and democratic rights.

The statement highlights the need for increased transparency and protection of digital rights. It also demands that the NAFTA renegotiation process be more transparent, inclusive and accountable. The implications are also on free expression, privacy and democratic rights.

An excerpt from the statement:

Rebuilding research for all Canadians

July 19, 2017

Evidence for Democracy recently launched a campaign in support of the Naylor report recommendations to improve basic research in Canada.

Canada is emerging from a decade in which our government systematically dismantled the research capacity of our nation. 

Coalition Objects to Renewed Calls for Weaker Encryption Following 'Five Eyes' Ottawa Meeting

Voices-Voix signed onto a letter alongside 83 other organizations and experts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, urging the 'Five Eyes' governments to encourage strong encryption, which is necessary for privacy and security:

June 30, 2017

To Ministers Responsible for the Five Eyes Security Community,

Turning a Corner: Laying the Groundwork for Charity Regulatory Reform in Canada

The paper, Turning a Corner: Laying the Groundwork for Charity Regulatory Reform in Canada, by Mowat NFP is second in a series that provides a resource for the federal government and nonprofit and charitable sector to develop a modern federal policy framework. The framework focuses on enabling the sector and strengthening its ability to improve quality of life in Canada and abroad.

An excerpt from the introduction of the report:

Mapping the Achievements of Civil Society - Thematic Report by Former UN Special Rapporteur on Free Assembly, Maina Kiai

June 2017 - Report by Maina Kiai, former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

In his final thematic report, Maina Kiai addresses: Has civil society made the world a better place? Where and when has civil society made concrete and identifiable achievements? What would the world look like without civil society?

Below is an excerpt from the report presentation:

21 leading organizations ask government to enact panel recommendations on freedom of speech for charities and income tax law reform

Today, 21 leading charities and non-profit organizations reacted to a new independent Expert Panel Report by requesting the federal government immediately table a bill to implement the recommendations it provides.