human rights

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Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

Originally launched in 2015 with former WFMC President, the late Warren Allmand, the Project on Canada’s Human Rights Commitments is a web-based educational resource, a database of Canada’s international commitments regarding the major international human rights and humanitarian law treaties and other instruments. The website offers Canadians an accessible, all-in-one-place presentation, in English and French, of the body of […]

TakeAction: Support Bill C-331, An Act to amend the Federal Courts Act (international promotion and protection of human rights)

The criminal prosecution and punishment of those who commit international human rights violations has been established through criminal tribunals, such as those that addressed Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and through the International Criminal Court. There have been national criminal cases as well. However, there are problems and difficulties that arise with criminal prosecutions. They […]

TakeAction: Support Bill C-262: the UNDRIP Act

Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash introduced Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, otherwise referred to as the UNDRIP Act, in the House of Commons in 2016. It is currently at the stage of second reading in the […]

Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

To mark Human Rights Day on December 10th, WFMC talked to Senator Marilou McPhedran about the challenges and opportunities that Canada faces regarding human rights. The recording of the webinar is available on the WFMC website,along with previous webinars on peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court. In addition to the discussion between Senator McPhedran and WFMC […]

Upcoming online events: #GivingTuesday and our next webinar

#GivingTuesday is on November 27 this year. GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. You’ll hear more from us about our campaign in the coming weeks. Campaigns like #GivingTuesday help us produce our webinar series (details below), our twice-yearly publication Mondial and the other ways in which World […]

TakeAction: Building the Responsibility to Protect

Whither Canadian diplomacy in support of the Rohingya In what has become one of the worst ongoing atrocities of our times, approximately 700,000 members of the Rohingya  minority have been forced since last August to flee northern Rakhine State in Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, where they are struggling to survive. According to a March 2018 report […]

Worth a listen

The CBC Massey Lectures this year feature Prof. Payam Akhavan, on the topic “In search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey.”  Akhavan is a strong advocate for the International Criminal Court and provided a strong statement last year when WFM – Canada honoured Senator Murray Sinclair at the Peace Award event in Montreal during […]

Canadian steps to help the Rohingya

In September, our TakeAction email suggested writing to Minister Freeland and asking her to make specific commitments to help the Rohingya.  As a significant contributor of international assistance, Canada does have influence with the government in Myanmar. Canada has also recently joined a “Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect” which meets at the UN […]

2017 CBC Massey Lectures: In Search of a Better World

This year’s CBC Massey Lectures feature Payam Akhavan on the topic In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, a survey of human rights struggles and how they have personally affected Akhavan. The final lecture, The Spirit of Human Rights, will take place in Toronto on Wednesday, October 4th. The lectures are published in book form and […]