Tag: Canada

The Power of Canada’s Apology to Omar Khadr

(HRW) – Today the government of Canada issued a formal apology and provided compensation to Omar Khadr for Canada’s complicity in his abusive interrogation at Guantanamo Bay, where he was detained at the age of 15. For many Canadian Muslims, this represents not only necessary…

Growing Season

Canada (CK) – Crop failure in one part of the world can mean a bonanza to growers elsewhere Cllimate change – and the Canadian government’s increasing efforts to mitigate it – is frequently perceived as a threat to the country’s economic…

We All Fall In Line

(TFC) – The Canadian government says two things. One: “We must urge the international community to investigate to find out if Assad is responsible”. Two: “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be punished for using chemical weapons against civilians”. This form of…

UN General Assembly recognises ongoing concerns over health risks from depleted uranium

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151 countries at the UN General Assembly have sent a clear message that the concerns of affected states and communities over the health risks from depleted uranium must be properly addressed.

The UN General Assembly has backed a new resolution on DU weapons by 151 votes to 4. The resolution, which highlights the ongoing concerns of affected states and communities, health experts and civil society over the potential health risks from DU exposure, is the sixth to be adopted since 2007. The text also recognises that countries affected by the use of DU weapons face considerable technical and financial barriers in dealing with DU contamination to internationally recognised radiation protection standards.

Canada and Zambia lead on UN resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement:

“Today, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution on child, early and forced marriage, led by Canada and Zambia with 106 co-sponsors. This year’s resolution increases global momentum toward achieving the target, articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, of ending the practice. The resolution provides a road map of what must be done to end it and help those affected by it. The widespread support for this resolution is a clear signal that the international community is committed to taking action.

Yet another activist murdered in Guatemala

The murder of 22-year-old Jeremy Barrios, a young environmentalist in Guatemala, has increased concerns over the threats that environmentalist defenders endure and the failure of the state to provide protection to organisations under threat.

Barrios was shot and killed in Guatemala city on November 12. His murder is in many ways a dark symbol for Guatemala, a country in the top ten most vulnerable countries to climate change, where the average age of the population is, precisely, 22 and where at least ten environmental activists – most of them indigenous – were murdered in 2015.