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

  • Far-right groups hurting Quebec's image internationally, minister says

    Canada News CTV News
    Quebec's international reputation is taking a hit due to the increased visibility of homegrown far-right groups, the province's international relations minister said Wednesday. The province must continue to project an image "openness," despite the actions of far-right nationalists, Christine St-Pierre told reporters before a cabinet meeting. Source
  • Quebec minister: Far-right groups hurting province's image

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Quebec’s international reputation is taking a hit due to the increased visibility of homegrown far-right groups, the province’s international relations minister said Wednesday. The province must continue to project an image “openness,” despite the actions of far-right nationalists, Christine St-Pierre told reporters before a cabinet meeting. Source
  • University librarian suffers stroke after Charlottesville protest injury

    World News Toronto Sun
    University of Virginia librarian Tyler Magill was among the counter-protesters surrounded by torch-bearing white supremacists Friday night at the school’s famous Thomas Jefferson statue. On Sunday, Magill was shouting down and disrupting a press conference by Jason Kessler, who organized Saturday’s so-called Unite the Right rally that devolved into violence, including the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Source
  • 5 missing after U.S. Army helicopter goes down, items found

    World News Toronto Sun
    HONOLULU — A multi-agency team scoured the ocean off Hawaii on Wednesday for five people aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a nighttime training exercise. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10 p.m. Source
  • Newfoundland's Chase the Ace draw reaches $1.4 million with 10 cards remaining

    Canada News CTV News
    Newfoundland’s newest millionaire could be declared tonight at a Chase the Ace draw worth $1.4 million, a massive jackpot that’s been steadily growing since last October. Hundreds of hopefuls turned up in the Goulds neighbourhood of St. Source
  • Family settles with PETA after removal, death of girl's dog

    World News Toronto Sun
    NORFOLK, Va. — A family has settled a lawsuit against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for taking a girl’s unattended dog and euthanizing it, ending an attempt to effectively put PETA on trial for euthanizing hundreds of animals each year. Source
  • The alt-right? They’re alt-Reich

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A so-called “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend ended in violence and tragedy. There were many groups in attendance — on the left and the right — and while both sides engaged in violence, the alt-right has blood on its hands. Source
  • U.S. doctor identified as victim of Vancouver tour bus crash

    Canada News CTV News
    A Massachusetts hospital group says one of its doctors was struck by a bus while on vacation with his family in Canada and killed. The chief executive physician at Baystate Health in Springfield said in a statement to The Republican newspaper that Dr. Source
  • Alabama sues Birmingham for boarding up Confederate statue

    World News Toronto Sun
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama’s attorney general is suing the City of Birmingham and its mayor for obscuring a Confederate monument in a downtown park. Legislators passed a law earlier this year prohibiting the removal of historical structures including rebel memorials. Source
  • Arctic explorer's ship to return to Norway after 90 years in Nunavut

    Canada News CTV News
    CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut -- Nearly 90 years after she sank into Nunavut's Arctic seabed, the ship that took famed explorer Roald Amundsen on his second polar expedition is finally ready to sail back home to Norway. Source