Human Rights Situation of LGBTI Persons in Canada

Fotographia: Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Versión española disponible aquí Commissioners: Tracy Robinson, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, James L. Cavallaro, Fanny Goméz-Lugo (human rights specialist at the Unit for the Rights of Lesbians, Gays, Trans, Bisexual and Intersex Persons of the IACHR) Petitioner: Egale Canada State: Canada Sexual minorities communities in Canada are frequently facing public hostility based on their sexual orientation. [Read More...]

“Charter of Values” Proposal Sparks Fierce Quarrel in Quebec between Secularism and Religious Freedom

Photo Credit - Matias Garabedian

By proposing to ban all public employees from wearing “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols in Quebec, the recently proposed Quebec Charter of Values has raised vocal debate as to whether it restricts the freedom of religion and expression for residents of Quebec. The Parti Quebecois — a political party that aims to promote French language, [Read More...]

Keystone XL Pipeline Poses Significant Threat to Health of Already Vulnerable Communities

Photo by Flickr user John Duffy

The proposed TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline risks endangering U.S. fresh water sources and the public health of surrounding communities due to probable “dirty” oil spills and the environmental impacts of transporting oil that produces three to four more times greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil. These adverse consequences will reportedly disproportionately affect the health and [Read More...]

Complaints Regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in British Columbia, Canada

144th Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Commissioners: Tracy Robinson, Dinah Shelton, Rose-Marie Antoine Petitioners: Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC); Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA); University of Miami Human Rights Clinic (HRC) State: State of Canada Topic: Thematic hearing focusing on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in British Columbia, Canada Over the last 30 years, more than 600 [Read More...]

IACHR Case 12.734 – Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group

Robert Williams, legal counsel to the HTG, and Arbid Charlie, witness for the HTG peoples, at the IACHR hearing on the merits of the HTG’s case regarding ownership of HTG ancestral lands on October 28, 2011.  Courtesy of Flickr

Commissioners: Dinah Shelton, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Jose de Jesus Orozco Henriquez, and Rodrigo Escobar Gil Petitioners: Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program – University of Arizona State: Canada “Everything on this earth is connected. Everything is what sustains us. I know where in our territories to go for what we need. It is like knowing [Read More...]

Family Faces Criminal Charges for Human Trafficking in Canada

A poster from the Canada Department of Justice calls attention to human trafficking. Photo credit: The Canada Department of Justice

In what has been called Canada’s largest human trafficking case to date, Ferenc Domotor Sr. is accused of being the ringleader in a human trafficking and fraud operation in the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Domotor Sr. is currently facing human trafficking, fraud, conspiracy and organized crime charges before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. [Read More...]

Allegations against Canada for Complicity in Torture of Afghans

Taliban prisoners in Shibirgon prison in the northern Afghanistan (courtesy of UZNEWS.NET).

A Canadian Parliamentary committee recently heard testimony suggesting that Canada’s policy of transferring Afghan detainees to Afghan security forces amounted to complicity in torture. On August 11, 2003, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) assumed control of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and its mandate to assist the Afghan Interim Authority in maintaining security. [Read More...]

Situation of the Right to Freedom of Expression, Assembly, Association, and Movement in Canada

G-20 Protests. Photo by Shane M.

Participants: State of Canada, Clinique internationale de défense des droits humanains de l’Université du Quéebec á Montréal (CIDDHU), Ligues des droits et libertés, Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’homme (FIDH) Countries: Canada Topics: Right to Freedom of Expression Update: Since 2006, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has monitored Canada’s treatment of [Read More...]

Canada Leaves United States and New Zealand Behind: Pledges to Adopt UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, delivers her speech from the throne.  Photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

  By Evan Wilson After almost 22 years of debate, and nearly a quarter century after the formation of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP), the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on September 13, 2007. As the UN explains, the Declaration was intended to [Read More...]