As Canada heads towards an election sometime before October 2015, Amnesty International Canada’s annual human rights agenda, Jobs, Security … and Human Rights For All, reveals serious failings in federal government laws and policies. In his first address to the UN General Assembly in four years Prime Minister Harper spoke of a world “where human rights and justice are preserved”. Amnesty International is concerned that government action far too often fails to match those words.
“Canada’s failure to ground economic development in respect for Indigenous peoples’ rights, hesitancy to ratify treaties that enhance law and order, and inconsistency in which countries attract Canada’s criticism are among the issues outlined in the new agenda,” says Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English Branch. “Economic growth, the quest for law and order and the promotion of freedom and democracy abroad must have respect for human rights at their core.”