Canada’s rights record blasted during UN review

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Canada could soon find itself “named and shamed” as a country that violates human rights in a United Nations review.

Close to 50 submissions blasting Canada – on everything from the state of indigenous peoples to problems with immigration policy – have been filed with the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council as part of a new review process for UN nations.

“To be criticized doesn’t mean Canada has joined the worst of the worst (abusing nations),” said Alex Neve, secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada, of Canada’s review that begins Feb. 3. “But as a general rule, Canadians are proud this is a country that believes in human rights and do want our governments (federal, provincial and territorial) to do the right thing.”


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