Canada will have its next federal election by October 21st, 2019.
Hateful rhetoric and divisive politics are on the rise, but many human rights issues will be left off the table this election.
We must make human rights an election issue.
Amnesty has established its top 10 election asks this federal election:
1. Uphold the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
Prioritize adoption of legislation modeled on Bill C-262 that would provide a framework for domestic implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Ask your candidate: Will you commit to adopting a legislative framework for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
2. Ensure Justice for Mercury Poisoning at Grassy Narrows First Nation:
Fulfill the commitment made by the federal government to ensure that survivors of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows receive the specialized care that they need and that the community as a whole is provided redress for the harms they have suffered from the poisoning of the river and decades of neglect of their basic right to health.
Ask your candidate: Will you commit to ensuring justice for Grassy Narrows?
3. Address Gender-Based Violence:
Develop a National Action Plan to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence including, as recommended by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the staggeringly high levels of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people.
Ask your candidate: Will you commit to creating a national action plan to prevent and address all forms of violence against women, trans, non-binary and Two Spirit people?
4. End Sterilization without Consent:
Investigate reports that Indigenous women continue to be sterilized in Canada without their free, full and informed consent, take urgent steps to end the practice, and ensure justice for survivors.
Ask your candidate: Will you end the practice of sterilization of Indigenous women without their consent?
5. Protect the Rights of Refugees:
Suspend the Canada/US Safe Third Country Agreement.
Ask your candidate: Will you suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement?
6. Address Immigration Detention:
Establish a maximum time limit on the duration of immigration detention.
Ask your candidate: Will you establish a maximum time limit for immigration detention?
7. Ensure Corporate Accountability for Human Rights:
Strengthen measures for corporate human rights accountability through mandatory human rights due diligence legislation and by ensuring the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise is granted full powers needed to carry out effective investigations.
Ask your candidate: Will you commit to ensuring corporate accountability for human rights?
8. Address Anti-Black Racism and Policing:
Implement bans on racial profiling, including a stop to all random police checks.
Ask your candidate: Will you support bans on racial profiling?
9. Limit Solitary Confinement:
Ensure that no one is held in solitary confinement for longer than permitted by international norms.
Ask your candidate: Will you commit to limiting solitary confinement?
10. Take Action on Human Rights and the Climate Crisis:
Rapidly and substantially strengthen efforts to address the grave and mounting human rights implications of climate change by committing to a rapid phaseout of fossil fuel subsidies and end the use of all fossil fuels, shifting to 100% renewable energy and reaching zero emissions as soon as possible and no later than 2040; and ensuring that Canada’s transition to a zero-carbon economy respects, protects, and fulfills human rights at home and abroad, providing substantial financial and technical support to developing countries for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Ask your candidate: Will you take action on the climate crisis by committing to a bold plan to reach zero emissions by 2040?