Highlights / human rights

International, Politics

China condemns Canada’s measures to protect human rights in Xinjiang

Chinese officials on Wednesday lambasted an initiative by Canada and Britain to ensure their companies are not complicit in Beijing’s human rights abuses against the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, saying it amounts to a »

International, Politics

Canada calls for investigation of alleged human rights violations in Belarus

Canada is joining forces with 16 other member-states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to call for an international investigation into allegations of serious human rights violations in Belarus following last month’s contested presidential election in »


Parents sue school board for teaching their daughter ‘girls are not real’

A Canadian couple have filed a human rights complaint against an Ontario school board for telling their six-year-old daughter during a lesson on gender identity that “there’s no such thing as boys and girls.” Pamela and Jason Buffone have filed »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Society

UN expert warns of a coming ‘climate apartheid’

A United Nations expert says the world is risking a “climate apartheid” scenario where the rich can pay to escape heat, hunger and conflict while the poor are left to suffer. Climate change threatens democracy and human rights, says UN »

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 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 »