News - Human rights

December 13, 2006
The United Nations has adopted the first Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The convention strives to end discrimination based on ability and includes any type of disbility from...
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, International
September 17, 2006
Pivot's report, Beyond Decriminalization: Sex Work, Human Rights and a New Framework for Law Reform presents the results of two years of research and in depth discussions with eighty-four sex workers...
Keywords: Human Rights, Legal Research, Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
September 5, 2006
Not only is Canada's federal government failing in its obligations to ensure that Canadians have access to the human right to adequate housing, according to a decision of the UN Committee on Economic...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, All of Canada
June 11, 2006
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued many criticisms regarding Canada's poverty laws. It was noted the neither minimum wages nor income assistence meat the basic needs of...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
May 22, 2006
The UN's recommendations (in PDF) (Link removed - no longer exists) specifically mention cuts to civil legal aid (they refer to British Columbia in particular), insufficiency of minimum wage and...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
May 22, 2006
The UN's recommendations (in PDF) specifically mention cuts to civil legal aid (they refer to British Columbia in particular), insufficiency of minimum wage and welfare to maintain an adequate...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
May 8, 2006
Social justice groups from Canada report on Canada’s disappointing performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Canadian Feminist Alliance for...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
April 1, 2006
The National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) (Editor's note, May 2010: NAPO now called Canada Without Poverty) has launched a campaign that tracks Canada's commitment to the United Nations...
Keywords: Human Rights, Organizing, All of Canada
October 3, 2005
In December 1995, the General Assembly proclaimed the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006). In December 1996, the General Assembly declared the theme for the Decade...
Keywords: Human Rights, International
June 30, 2005
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention visited Canada and voiced their concerns over Canada's security certificate process where non-citizens are detained based on secret evidence and deported...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
June 30, 2005
Amnesty International released a report critical of Australia's mandatory detention of immigrants and refugees. The report recommends that Australia urgently make comprehensive amendments to the...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, International
January 23, 2005
The New Brunswick legislature has given final approval to a private-members bill that will protect the poor from discrimination. The amendment to the New Brunswick Human Rights Act - available online...
Keywords: Human Rights, New Brunswick
July 6, 2004
On June 30, 2004 the New Brunswick government passed an amendment to the New Brunswick Human Rights Act to include "social condition" as a protected ground in the Act. Throughout the Act all...
Keywords: Human Rights, New Brunswick
July 6, 2004
A recent B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled that a government policy which bans people with severe disabilities from hiring relatives as personal care attendants is discriminatory. Frances Kelly, a...
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, British Columbia
May 4, 2004
An amendment to the Human Rights act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a social condition, such as poverty, could impact the distribution of welfare. This amendment was put forward with...
Keywords: Human Rights, Welfare, New Brunswick
January 13, 2004
West Coast LEAF, the Poverty and Human Rights Project and the Community Legal Assistance Society are concerned about the impact on single mothers of recent cuts to welfare rates and tightened...
Keywords: Human Rights, Welfare, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
The Poverty and Human Rights Project's goal is to strengthen the rights of the poorest people, by fostering recognition of rights to social and economic security, and by increasing the capacity of...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
June 9, 2002
British Columbia is soon to be the only provinces without a Human Rights Commission. The Attorney General has confirmed the government plans to scrap the Human Rights Commission altogether. The...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
May 18, 2002
Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Link removed - No longer exists) released on February 13, 2002 by twelve anti-poverty organizations in BC calling...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
October 6, 2001
Update: Court date for the challenge was heard October 29, 2001. Updates on The Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI) Gosselin case as well as the facta of CCPI and the Attorney General of...
Keywords: Human Rights, Welfare, Québec
August 21, 2001
Jean-Guy Allard's Granma International article (Link removed - No longer exists) reports on a tragic situation and its human rights implications for Canadian Aboriginal and First Nations people.
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, All of Canada
August 21, 2001
From time to time, an interpretation statement of a particular issue or right which are intended to guide governments is passed by committees of the United Nations. In twenty-five years the Committee...
Keywords: Human Rights, Women, International
December 7, 2000
Judging Poverty: Using International Human Rights Law to Refine the Scope of the Charter by Bruce Porter of the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues is about whether the Canadian Charter of Rights and...
Keywords: Human Rights, Welfare, All of Canada
September 21, 2000
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on July 9, 2000 in Mavis Baker v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that administrative decisions made on the basis of prejudice against single mothers,...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
Getting "social and economic rights" in the Canadian Human Rights Act would be an acknowledgement that Canadians living on a low income have rights as impoverished people. It would go towards...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
It's Time for Justice October 14, 1999 "The oppressed are regarded as the pathology of the healthy society, which must therefore adjust these 'incompetent and lazy' folk to its own patterns by...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
Including "social condition" as a prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act Submission to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel of the federated anti-poverty...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
The Panel is reviewing all aspects of the Canadian Human Rights Act (including adding "enforceable social and economic rights" to the Act as a grounds for discrimination). The term can include people...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 12, 1999 Canada has received yet another statement of serious concern from a United Nations human rights monitoring body regarding poverty, homelessness and discrimination...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
For immediate release April 12, 1999 (Vancouver) On Friday April 9, the United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed its concern about high rates of poverty among Canadian women and about the...
Keywords: Human Rights, Women, All of Canada
March 8, 2000
The United Nations Human Rights Committee in its five year review of Canada's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights cites a number of serious concerns about...
Keywords: Human Rights, Women, All of Canada