Tasers and Children

The CCRC drew attention to the issue of tasers and children through letters to members of the House of Commons Public Safety Committee. In an earlier presentation the RCMP stated that they use tasers on teenagers as young as 13 years old and they do not have specific policies or training for the use of tasers with adolescents. They also acknowledged publicly that use of this device poses high risks for the life and health of some targets, especially persons who are agitated.

Human Rights Agreements are for Canadians too!

The gap between Canada’s signature on human rights agreements and implementation in Canada was a common theme of over 50 Canadian groups who sent submissions for review of Canada’s record by the UN Human Rights Council. This is a main issue for children’s rights, and the CCRC is a partner in the efforts to fix the system for all rights.

CCRC supports Reintegration for Omar Khadr, Canada’s Child Soldier

The CCRC presented a different option for the case of Omar Khadr – one that upholds new international norms to end the use of child soldiers and the principles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  For more information, read a joint letter to Prime Minister Harper and a statement made to the …

Children’s Rights and Canada at UN Human Rights Council

This year Canada is undergoing a general review for all international human rights.  As part of the process the CCRC prepared an overview of major concerns in the area of children’s rights.  Our submission to the UN Human Rights Council provides an overview of key issues for Canada. CCRC Submission to UN Human Rights Council

CCRC Chair Wins International Award

CCRC Chair Kathy Vandergrift was awarded the 2008 Aldo Farina Award for Child Rights Advocacy.  The award is a global, biannual recognition of outstanding contribution in child rights advocacy or education for development, sponsored by UNICEF national committees.   Kathy was recognized for her work on children’s rights in Canada and globally for children threatened by …

Silenced Citizens: Senate Report on Children in Canada

In 2007 the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights released a report entitled Children: Silenced Citizens.  It contained 24 recommendations to improve children’s rights in Canada.  Unfortunately its recommendations have not been implemented. It remains a well-researched study on the status of children in Canada. Read the Senate Report CCRC Submission to the Senate Committee …