Amnesty International raises concerns over Canada's anti-terrorism law, land rights

An annual report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International has put the spotlight on the rights of Canada’s indigenous people, highlighting the Liberal government’s vow to develop a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

See Full Article

Canada was among 160 countries and territories included in Amnesty International’s annual report, which looked at land rights, counter-terrorism and security and the global response to the refugee crisis in 2015.

Focusing on Canada’s treatment of indigenous people, the report noted that on the heels of a recent change in government, “the process to develop a long-demanded public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was launched and commitments were made to address a range of other human rights concerns.”

With a promise to convene an inquiry this year, the new Liberal government has begun the pre-inquiry consultation process.

Alain Roy, director of programs at Amnesty International (Canada), said in an interview with CTV’s News Channel on Wednesday that the group was “encouraged” that an inquiry will begin shortly.

“We want that to happen, it’s important that families and communities are heard and that an action plan is put in place,” Roy said.

However, Roy also expressed concerns over indigenous people’s lands rights, stating that they are not “adequately protected in Canada.”

The report highlighted the construction of the Site C Dam, a $9-billion project by BC Hydro for a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia.

The report said that Site C dam construction began in 2015 “without addressing its impact on the rights” of First Nations.

“We believe that the harm that will be caused justifies halting construction of that dam and we wish the government to heed that call,” Roy said.

The report also called out Canada’s new anti-terrorism law, known as Bill C-51, saying that “sweeping reforms” to national security laws raise human rights concerns.

“It expands the authority of the Canadian government agencies to share information about individuals without adequate safeguards and allows the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to take measures to reduce security, even if such measures would violate rights,” the report stated.

Beyond Canada, the annual report included a scathing criticism of Europe, saying the world’s richest trading block – with the exception of Germany – failed to manage the crisis appropriately.

On News Channel, Roy said the world has not “seen an effective response to the refugee crisis yet, as collectively, countries have “failed to implement” a humane solution.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • A second Alberta man told to remove pro-oil and gas shirt during Parliament tour

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- For the second time this month, a Calgary man was told to remove his “I love Canadian oil and gas” shirt while visiting Ottawa’s Parliament. Chris Wollin said a security officer told him that he couldn’t wear his sweatshirt, which displayed his support for the oil and gas industry, because the Senate prohibits political messages in the building. Source
  • University of Victoria opens counselling services after deadly bus crash kills two students

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- University of Victoria students are grappling with the sudden deaths of two of their peers in a bus crash Friday evening en route to a marine research centre. Forty-five students and two teaching assistants were aboard the bus to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre when it went off a gravel road and down an embankment about 40 kilometres from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, according to a statement from the university. Source
  • Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

    Canada News CBC News
    After what police called an "ambush-style" shooting in Mississauga, Ont., killed a teenager and wounded five other people, federal party leaders were quick to offer condolences Sunday, but had little in the way of new ideas to address gun violence in Canada's cities. Source
  • Forecasters warn of U.S. coast rip currents caused by Humberto

    World News CTV News
    MIAMI -- Beachgoers on the southeastern U.S. coast should be wary of potentially dangerous rip currents caused by Tropical Storm Humberto, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. On Sunday evening, Humberto was 170 miles (270 kilometres) east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and moving north at 6 mph (9 kph). Source
  • Victoria university opens counselling services after deadly bus crash kills 2 students

    Canada News CBC News
    University of Victoria students are grappling with the sudden deaths of two of their peers in a bus crash Friday evening en route to a marine research centre. Forty-five students and two teaching assistants were aboard the bus to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre when it went off a gravel road and down an embankment about 40 kilometres from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, according to a statement from the university. Source
  • Saskatoon Heritage Society seeks city council help to revive part of historic Capitol movie theatre

    Canada News CBC News
    The Saskatoon Heritage Society is looking for city council's support in honouring a unique part of the city's past. The group wants to restore and publicly display artifacts from the Capitol movie theatre. For 50 years, the building reigned as the city's grand movie palace and doubled as a public gathering place until its bitterly-opposed demolition in 1979. Source
  • Church of Scotland sues for share of Viking treasure trove

    World News CTV News
    The Church of Scotland is suing a man for a share of a US$2.5 million Viking treasure trove he discovered with a metal detector on church land in 2014. Retired businessman and detectorist Derek McLennan uncovered the 10th-century hoard in a field in the Dumfries and Galloway region of western Scotland. Source
  • Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promises a 'universal tax credit' if elected

    Canada News CBC News
    Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer unveiled a new tax cut plan Sunday that he says will save taxpayers hundreds of dollars a year, a key plank of the Tory platform to make life more affordable. Scheer said, if elected, a Conservative government would cut the tax rate on income under $47,630 to 13.75 per cent from 15 per cent. Source
  • Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promises tax cut to save average taxpayer hundreds of dollars

    Canada News CBC News
    Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer unveiled a new tax cut plan Sunday that he says will save taxpayers hundreds of dollars a year, a key plank of the Tory platform to make life more affordable. Scheer said, if elected, a Conservative government would cut the tax rate on income under $47,630 to 13.75 per cent from 15 per cent. Source
  • U.S. Democratic presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh's impeachment

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- At least three Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college. Source