Highlights/human rights

International, Politics

Rights group welcomes Canada’s new guidelines to support human rights defenders

Human rights activists in Canada say they welcome new guidelines for Canadian diplomats working abroad aimed at enabling the work of human rights defenders around the world by ensuring their safety and security. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, announced Monday» 

Indigenous

Indigenous participation key to Arctic development, Inuit activist tells Economic Forum of the Americas

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North Full Inuit participation will be key to long-term sustainable development in the Arctic as well as helping the world confront the current climate crisis, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a» 

Indigenous, International, Politics

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Canada

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, will visit Canada next week to discuss efforts to protect human rights and promote gender equality around the world, the Prime Minister’s Office announced Tuesday. During her four-day visit the» 

International, Politics

Canada ‘deeply concerned’ about escalation of violence in Cameroon

Canada is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon, say officials with Global Affairs Canada. The two regions are in the grip of an armed campaign by English-speaking militants seeking independence from» 

International, Politics

Rights groups sound alarm over ‘neglected’ Cameroon crisis

Human rights groups are sounding the alarm over the world’s “most neglected displacement crisis” unfolding in western Cameroon, where government forces and pro-government militias are locked in a deadly spiral of violence targeting the West African country’s anglophone minority. “The» 

Politics, Society

UN human rights observers warn Quebec about secularism bill

The Quebec government’s proposed secularism legislation is raising concerns about fundamental freedoms in Canada’s French-speaking province, according to legal experts with the United Nations Human Rights Council. The proposed legislation, known as Bill 21, is “likely to undermine the freedom» 

International

UN urged to act on China’s mass detention of Uighurs

Several leading rights groups have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to take action on the “mass detentions” of Muslim Uighurs in China. The groups are calling for an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang province where they say» 

International, Society

Women’s fight for human rights highlighted in 2018

Amnesty International warns that this year “tough guy” leaders who push misogynistic, xenophobic and homophobic policies are jeopardizing freedoms and rights that were won long ago. On this the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty International» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Politics, Society

Canadian circus troupe concerned about Saudi performance

Canada’s Cirque du Soleil has become the world renowned leader in amazing theatrical performances. With several different shows being performed in locations around the world, the latest in their many mega hit performances is called “Toruk-the First Flight” and is» 

International, Politics

Canada welcomes the appointment of Chile’s former president as UN rights chief

Canada welcomes the decision to appoint Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile, as the next UN human rights chief, Canadian officials said Friday. UN General Assembly voted Friday to appoint Bachelet as the organization’s next High Commissioner for Human Rights.»