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New Measures to Address Abuses in Chinese Region Insufficient

The United Kingdom and Canada made coordinated announcements this week to help prevent British and Canadian businesses from being complicit in, or profiting from, human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region. The move follows growing calls…
People work amidst massive piles of cotton in China's Xinjiang province. 
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On World Water Day, Marginalized Populations Still Lack Access to Basic Hygiene Measures

  Today is World Water Day, but as the world braces for the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is little to celebrate. The need for good hygiene like handwashing is key to protecting public health and responding to the virus.…
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  In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Millions of adults and children around the world suffer…
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Framing a Canadian Discussion on Human Rights in the Global Operations and Supply Chains of Canadian Companies

Canadian businesses, civil society, labour and government are looking for the best path forward to prevent and eliminate adverse human rights impacts in the global operations and supply chains of companies based in Canada and / or doing business in Canada…
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Suits Increasingly Used to Hamper Environmental Activism

Today, a US federal court heard arguments in a lawsuit against Greenpeace that raises serious concerns about freedom of expression. In May 2016, Resolute Forest Products, a Canada-based logging company, filed a CAD$300 million lawsuit…
A workers unloads a truckload of logs in Howe Sound near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada April 25, 2017.
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‘Five Eyes’ Nations Should Support, Not Threaten, Digital Security

(Washington, DC) – The governments that constitute the intelligence partnership known as “The Five Eyes,” will meet on June 26-27, 2017, in Ottawa to discuss how to bypass encryption. The governments may pursue a dangerous strategy that will subvert the…
People sit at computers inside GCHQ, Britain's intelligence agency, in Cheltenham, UK, November 17, 2015.
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Bill Would Bar Those Wearing Face Coverings from Receiving Government Services

Imagine you’re a young university student in Montreal, when you wrench your ankle badly. You head to the nearest hospital, expecting an exam and perhaps an X-ray. Instead, the person behind the registration desk takes one look at you and says the hospital…
Demonstrators hold signs as they protest against Quebec's proposed Charter of Values in Montreal, September 14, 2013.
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Regulation, Investment, and Oversight Needed to Fix Broken System

(Toronto) – Canada has abundant water, yet water in many indigenous communities in Ontario is not safe to drink, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. The water on which many First Nations communities in Canada, on lands known as reserves, depend…
Roxanne Moonias, mother to an infant with a chronic illness, demonstrates one of the steps she takes to ensure her baby is not exposed to contaminants in the water.
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General Assembly Should Pass Strong Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

(New York) – The United Nations General Assembly should approve a new resolution and make clear that indiscriminate surveillance is never consistent with the right to privacy, five human rights organizations said in a November 20, 2013 letter to members…
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Hear No Evil Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Eritrea’s Mining Sector Summary Recommendations To International Mining Firms Operating in Eritrea To…
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In Final Talks, Western Governments Should Agree to Include Prevention, Treatment

A proposed international treaty to address the damaging effects of mercury should include specific provisions to protect the health of children and other vulnerable populations, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments are to meet in Geneva beginning…
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Human Rights Watch recently released a report that details brutal gang rapes and other abuses allegedly carried out by employees of Barrick Gold in Papua New Guinea. Barrick, a Canadian firm, is the world's largest gold producer and Porgera is one of the…
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Systemic Failures Underscore Need for Canadian Government Regulation

(Toronto) - Private security personnel employed at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea have been implicated in alleged gang rapes and other violent abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Porgera mine has produced billions of dollars…
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It was not surprising that last week Stephen Harper's government defeated a modest opposition private member's bill that offered an opportunity to improve the human rights records of Canadian oil, mining and gas companies. But the apparently ambiguous…