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UN Committee supports charities in fight for freedom of expression

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Canada has received a rebuke from a United Nations treaty monitoring body for its lack of respect for human rights. The Human Rights Committee (HRC) released a lengthy list of issues it cited as concerning as part of its concluding observations on the country's review of civil and political rights.

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Seven reasons why long-term expats deserve a voice in Canadian politics

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| July 28, 2015
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| July 28, 2015
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| July 27, 2015
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Canadians get on board the torture train

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Just before the annual orgy of Canada Day self-celebration, the Pew Research Center released a poll revealing that over one-third of Canadians supported the use of torture. This was no late April Fool's joke, but rather a shocking figure that was part of a global survey on U.S. foreign policy and the use of what has been referred to as "enhanced interrogation techniques."

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UN message to Canada: Detention should be used only as a last resort for migrants

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Renu Mandhane opened her three-minute presentation to the United Nations in an unconventional way.

She read a letter from Tyron Richard, a 27-year-old immigration detainee inside the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, ON. 

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July 24, 2015 |
Report from the UN Committee raises concerns about missing and murdered Aboriginal women, Bill C-51, immigration detention measures for asylum seekers, among a wide range of issues.
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| July 24, 2015
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Rendition: Canada, Sweden and Denmark share the same barbaric practice

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What factor is common to Canada, Sweden and Denmark? The snow, perhaps? The cold weather? The social programs? Or maybe smoked salmon?

How about rendition to torture? And how about cooperation with the intelligence authorities of countries which practice torture with total impunity? These may be some of the darkest common factors shared by the three countries, ones that not everyone is aware of.

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