It is time for Canada to match international commitments with national action, says Amnesty International Canada in a new human rights agenda released today. While Canada has a strong record of accepting international obligations, including human rights treaties, the record is less exemplary in complying with findings and recommendations for Canada. Canadian human rights issues will be examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review in 2013. Canada must take action to be ready for this international human rights scrutiny.
“Concerted action is needed,” says Alex Neve, Secretary General of the English branch of Amnesty International Canada. “It will take leadership, and long overdue cooperation and coordination among federal, provincial and territorial governments. But it cannot wait any longer. Canadians whose rights are affected need assurance that Canada will meet the country’s international obligations”.