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    Bill C-51, The Anti-Terrorism Act, is the biggest overhaul of Canada’s national security laws since 2001. Widely expanded powers and new criminal offences raise serious human rights concerns. Laws intended to protect us from threats should not put our human rights at risk. Join Amnesty’s call to withdraw Bill C-51. National security reforms must meet Canada’s human rights obligations.


    1. A vague definition of “threats” that could include a wide range of protest activity that may not be lawful, but is certainly not criminal.
    2. Asking Federal Court judges to authorize CSIS “threat reduction” activities that could include human rights violations in Canada and in other countries.
    3. Suppressing freedom of expression by making it a crime to advocate or promote the commission of terrorism offences “in general”.
    4. Lowering the threshold for, and extending the duration of, preventative detention without charge.
    5. Expanded information-sharing without sufficient safeguards to prevent the sharing of unreliable, inaccurate, or inflammatory information domestically and internationally.
    6. Inadequate appeal procedures for individuals who find their names on no-fly lists
    7. No increased review or oversight of increasingly complex national security activities.


    Amnesty International's Brief on Bill C-51 submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (March 2015)

    Amnesty International's Addendum and Brief on the government's proposed amendments to Bill C-51 amendments (April 2015)

    Eminent Canadians call for greater review and oversight of national security activities


    Collect signatures on a paper version of Amnesty’s petition to Stop Bill C51.