Human rights in Canada
Canada has traditionally been admired for its commitment to human rights. Canada’s determination to protect human rights within Canada and abroad have both equally won the country praise.
But there are a number of longstanding human rights issues and new concerns that require leadership and action by the Canadian government. There are continuing systematic violations of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. There are persistent failures to provide adequate assistance to women and girls living in poverty in Canada and to address violence against aboriginal women. Canada has also introduced legislation that include lengthy mandatory detention and other measures that violate international norms. Canada has consistently avoided accountability for the practice of transferring battlefield detainees when there are serious risks of torture. It also failed to defend the rights of many citizens detained abroad, such as Omar Khadr, in the context of the “war on terror”.
Amnesty International believes that human rights leadership starts at home. Consistent, principled action to better protect human rights in Canada will show other countries that Canada is ready and willing to lead on the world stage. Amnesty International believes that human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. Amnesty International members work to ensure that Canada upholds rights guaranteed in national and in international laws and that it takes action to protect the human rights of all Canadians.
Photo: Activists march to Parliament Hill in Ottawa 20 June 2011 in support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Susanne Ure/Amnesty International