News - Human rights

July 24, 2015
Yesterday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) released its response to the review of Canada's human rights record over the last ten years. The report points out a number of issues...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
July 13, 2015
Last week Canada's human rights record was under UN review for the first time since Stephen Harper came into power in 2006. Many Canadian non-profit and advocacy organizations were in Geneva...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
January 23, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released its 2015 Gates Annual Letter this week. The letter, titled “Our Big Bet for the Future,” makes a bold prediction: “The lives of people in poor...
Keywords: Health, Human Rights, Media, Poverty Research, International
January 13, 2015
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has just released a report that investigates Canada’s response to missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia. The IACHR report...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Government Policy, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, International
December 10, 2014
British Columbia is the only province in Canada that does not have a human rights commission. That makes us the weakest province when it comes to fostering human rights awareness and preventing...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
October 21, 2014
From an article by rabble.ca: "When asked why live-in caregivers should be granted landed status upon arrival, Migrante-BC's Jane Ordinario asserted that doing so would allow live-in caregivers to...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
May 23, 2014
Canada Without Poverty (CWP) has joined forces with the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI) in a legal case going to the Supreme Court of Canada in October 2014. The case is called Taypotat v...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Education, Human Rights, All of Canada
May 9, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has just announced that Canada Without Poverty’s (CWP) Executive Director, Leilani Farha, has been appointed UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing....
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, All of Canada, International
May 8, 2014
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled last week that Canadian employers must try to accommodate parents juggling work with child-care obligations. The judges found that the Canada Border Services Agency...
Keywords: Family, Human Rights, Women, All of Canada
May 2, 2014
The BC Court of Appeal recently concluded that Parliament intended to make it a criminal offence to help refugees, on a humanitarian basis, and that the Charter allows it. The law criminalizes...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia
October 1, 2013
The B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is representing a group of tree planters, most of them immigrants or refugees of African origin, who were found living in squalid conditions in a...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 19, 2013
"Our enemy is not radical Islam. It is global capitalism. It is a world where the wretched of the earth are forced to bow before the dictates of the marketplace, where children go hungry as global...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Unemployment, Violence, International
June 18, 2013
This paper, Poverty as a Human Rights Violation by Vincent Greason, explores how six provincial anti-poverty strategies are remarkably similar in spite of the fact that they address differing socio-...
Keywords: Human Rights, Poverty Research, All of Canada
January 9, 2013
British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal has awarded more than $15,000 to an elderly woman who said she was discriminated against when her apartment building’s landlord refused to construct a ramp....
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
July 18, 2012
The topic of Homeless Hub's latest newsletter is the affect social profiling has on the homeless, Social profiling refers to the use of a person's social status (in this case, their homelessness) by...
Keywords: Homelessness, Human Rights, Poorbashing, All of Canada
May 4, 2012
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) has just issued its first decision on a complaint against Canada under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Violence, Women, Northwest Territories, All of Canada
April 17, 2012
Four levels of human rights protections may be used to promote and enforce housing rights in Canada - provincial human rights codes, the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
October 17, 2011
Since 1993, today has been recognized by the United Nations, and its members around the world, as International day for the eradication of poverty 2011. Today, October 17, 2011, the United Nations...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, Unemployment, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, International
October 7, 2011
Each played an important role in recent political conflicts of very different natures, but all three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 have campaigned for greater equality for women, and...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Women, International
October 3, 2011
On the heels of Pivot's recent announcement that they will not be participating in the Missing Women's Inquiry, two more groups have withdrawn. The Women's Memorial March Committee and the Downtown...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
August 31, 2011
Poverty in Canada has been updated by author Dennis Raphael. With the original foreword by Jack Layton and an updated foreword by Rob Rainer, the book's second edition contains new data and a new...
Keywords: Homelessness, Human Rights, Poverty Research, All of Canada
August 24, 2011
An August 23rd Editorial in the New York Times investigates how economic inequalities affect access to justice. While the piece targets the situation in the United States, it's conclusions are just...
Keywords: Human Rights, Legal Aid, International
August 3, 2011
The B.C. Missing Women Inquiry will examine the question of why it took so long to investigate and apprehend convicted murderer Robert Pickton. The Attorney General for B.C., Barry Penner, has denied...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
November 17, 2010
Sharon McIvor will file a complaint against Canada at the United Nations. She says, "Canada continues to discriminate against Aboriginal women and their descendants in the determination of...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Women, All of Canada, International
November 15, 2010
For the past four years, the federal government has refused to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, claiming that Canada could not support resource rights, the right to...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, All of Canada, International
July 15, 2010
In this article based on his address to the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences on May 29th, 2010, the former leader of the NDP summarizes the journey of...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
June 19, 2009
In October 2008, the BC Supreme Court struck down Victoria's bylaw banning people from erecting tents or other structures in city parks. The judge ruled that due to the lack of housing and shelter,...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, British Columbia
June 10, 2009
The Poverty and Human Rights Centre is intervening to to support homeless people in the Tent City Case. The appeal will be heard in the British Columbia Court of Appeal on June 10 and 11, 2009. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Human Rights, British Columbia
December 10, 2008
Today on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the National Council of Welfare (an advisory body to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development) released an...
Keywords: Human Rights, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada, International
December 5, 2008
Latin American workers who helped build the underground tunnel in Vancouver for the Canada Line have won a human rights tribunal against their employers, SELI Canada Inc. and SNC Lavalin Constructors...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 10, 2008
According to a report, One World, Whose Dream? Housing Rights Violations and the Beijing Olympic Games (in PDF), released by the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, 1.5 million people have been...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, International
August 4, 2008
Pivot Legal Society, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and the United Native Nations have filed a human rights complaint against the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Disability, Homelessness, Human Rights, British Columbia
July 13, 2008
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released a report, Right at home: Report on the consultation on human rights and rental housing in Ontario (in PDF) that focuses on housing as a human right,...
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, Ontario
June 28, 2008
Recently the Canadian government enacted legislation that gives the same human rights to First Nation members living on reserve as Canadians in the rest of Canada. Previously, native people on...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, All of Canada
April 21, 2008
PIVOT Legal Society, the Carnegie Community Action Project, and the Impact of the Olympics on Community Coalition have launched a complaint to the UN about the living conditions of residents in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, British Columbia
January 2, 2008
Do Canada's social programmes satisfy our obligations under human rights treaties to which Canada is a signatory? What have UN treaty bodies said regarding Canada's compliance with its international...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
November 6, 2007
BCPIAC is is taking a test case to court on the new identification rules on voting in a federal election. As of June 2007, even if you are a registered voter, you will be refused a ballot on election...
Keywords: Homelessness, Human Rights, British Columbia, All of Canada
April 16, 2007
As Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, hundreds of Holocaust survivors, students, and members of youth movements protested against the state's neglect of Holocaust survivors, many who are living...
Keywords: Human Rights, International
February 27, 2007
For the past eight years native groups have been asking the BC government for an inquiry into the death of Frank Paul. Frank Paul, a Mi'kmaq man from New Brunswick, died of exposure after police left...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, Violence, British Columbia
January 7, 2007
First Nations people across Canada have become increasingly unhappy with the Conservative government's policies on First Nations issues. According to an article in the Straight Goods, "Deep-sixing...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Human Rights, All of Canada