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Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Children’s Rights and Alternative Care June 30, 2021 Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of the Child ahead of its upcoming Day of…
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Summary One of the [border] officers said to me : “Canada is a free country for Canadians, not for foreigners.” He seemed very happy to tell me: “You’re going to sleep in jail tonight.” The other officers were laughing about this.… Immigration…
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To the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Human Rights Watch makes this submission in response to the request for contributions for your study on the rights of the Indigenous child. This submission is based on research conducted by Human Rights Watch in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, New…
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Dear Ministers Freeland, Sajjan and Bibeau,
 
 As members of the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group (CIEPWG) and the International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC), we are writing to commend the Government of Canada…
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Country’s Immigration Detention System Detains Entire Families Unnecessarily

Daevon was just four months old when he entered Toronto’s Immigration Holding Centre in October 2014. He spent six months there. Born in Canada, he’s a Canadian citizen but was there because authorities had rejected his mother’s refugee claim and were…
Canadian children whose parents are in immigration detention can either accompany their parents in detention as de facto detainees, without the legal safeguards protecting children who are in formal detention, or be separated from their detained parents.
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Becomes 59th Signatory to Safe Schools Declaration

Canada has long been at the forefront of advocating for respect for humanity in war, and by signing the Safe Schools Declaration yesterday, took an important step toward making the lives of children in conflict safer.  It became the 59th country to sign…
Lieutenant-General Roméo Antonius Dallaire (L) and Canada's International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau following the announcement that Canada would sign the Safe Schools Declaration, February 21, 2017.
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The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The…
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Commit to Protect Students, Teachers, Schools, and Universities During War

(Paris) The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (…
A still from Human Rights Watch’s campaign video calling on France to join the Safe Schools Declaration.
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Kids Suffer Long-Term Harm From Immigration Detention

Four-year-old Delano was held for more than six months in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre alongside his mother in 2015. During his time in detention, he became “angry about everything,” his mother said. He did not sleep well, cried during the night…
Dominated by symbols of violence, security, and barricades, this sand tray was created by a 12-year-old boy who had been held in a Canadian immigration detention facility for seven months with his mother and older sister. He appeared to have developed mul