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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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Ignores Need for National Inquiry into Violence

(Toronto) – A landmark Canadian parliamentary report released on March 7, 2014, failed to recommend needed steps to stem violence against indigenous women, Human Rights Watch said today. The committee did not recommend either an independent national…
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National Commission of Inquiry Needed

(Toronto) – The Canadian government has failed to address adequately the problem of violence against indigenous women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. The government should reverse its decision rejecting appointment of a…
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Inter-American Commission Visit Underscores Need for National Attention

(Toronto) – The visit to Canada on the week of August 5, 2013, by representatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is a major step toward accountability for the murders and disappearances of indigenous women in British Columbia, Human…
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Opportunity for Action to End Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls

(Toronto) – The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted today the report on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Canada’s human rights record, which included a large set of questions, recommendations, and comments from countries across the world…
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Summary On December 5, 2012, a man walking his dog found the murdered body of 16-year-old Summer Star (C.J.) Fowler in a ravine near the British Columbia (BC) town of…
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Set Up National Inquiry Into Murders, Disappearances of Indigenous Women, Girls

(Ottawa) – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern British Columbia has failed to protect indigenous women and girls from violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Women and girls Human Rights Watch interviewed also described…