The CCRC proposes that the First Call for Children principle be applied in the upcoming program review and budget cuts to reduce the deficit. A letter to the Prime Minister also proposes the use of child impact assessments before the adoption of new policies that affect children. Read letter: letter-to-pm-on-first-call-for-children.
The Government’s response to the Supreme Court decision on Omar Khadr must reflect the Court’s confirmation of the Best Interests of the Child as a matter of fundamental justice
Prevention of sexual exploitation through effective protection of the rights of children is the focus of CCRC at Senate Committee hearings.
CCRC calls for new mechanisms to implement international human rights agreements in Canada.
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.
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.
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 …