Canada received 245 recommendations from other countries to improve how it implements human rights, including children’s rights. The response is a missed opportunity to make and show progress in Canada. It shows that not much has changed in practice, in spite of ministerial level statements about improving implementation in Canada.
The forthcoming review of children’s rights is another good opportunity. Hopefully, Canada will use it to demonstrate more substantive and systemic progress.
A closer look at a few accepted recommendations and a few that are “noted,” which is a code word for rejection, provides some insights for children’s rights advocates.