Les accords sur les droits de l'homme sont aussi pour les Canadiens !

L'écart entre la signature par le Canada d'accords sur les droits de la personne et leur mise en œuvre au Canada était un thème commun à plus de 50 groupes canadiens qui ont envoyé des soumissions pour l'examen du dossier du Canada par le Conseil des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies. Il s'agit d'un problème majeur pour les droits des enfants, et la CCRC est un partenaire dans les efforts visant à réparer le système pour tous les droits.

As a result of the review, Canada received over 80 recommendations from other states. Most call on Canada to close the gap by putting in place better mechanisms in Canada – mechanisms that will allow Canadian citizens to exercise their rights under international agreements Canada has signed. In June Canada needs to say which recommendations it intends to implement; four years from not there will be another review.

The most important benefit of this process may be to alert both federal and provincial governments about their obligations. It also pressed home the point that Canada lags behind other states  in many areas of human rights. Canada has four years to make major reforms in structures and policies.

This is an opportunity for children’s rights as well. The CCRC has been advocating for basic mechanisms to implement the Convention in Canada. In 2007 the Senate Human Rights Committee joined the call. Will we see any action now?

Governments need to hear that Canadians care about this. You can register your views by responding to a survey on the Canadian Heritage website.

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