Annual Report: Canada 2013

May 23, 2013

Annual Report: Canada 2013

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In September, Kimberly Rivera, whose claim for refugee status based on her desertion from the US military for reasons of conscience was rejected, was deported to the USA where she was arrested. She was confined to Fort Carson Army Base awaiting court-martial at the end of the year.

Police and security forces

Emergency legislation limiting freedom of expression and assembly was enacted in the province of Quebec in May in response to mass student demonstrations. It was suspended in September following a change of government. The government did not respond to calls for a public inquiry into police abuses during the demonstrations.

In May, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director in the province of Ontario recommended disciplinary proceedings against 36 police officers for offences associated with the policing of demonstrations at the G20 Summit in Toronto in 2010. Disciplinary hearings and court challenges were continuing at the end of the year.

Corporate accountability

In May, a mandated report was released, assessing the human rights impacts of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement which had entered into force in August 2011. The government claimed it was too early to assess the impacts.

In November, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in a case brought against a Canadian mining company for alleged responsibility for human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lower courts had ruled that Canada was not the appropriate jurisdiction in which to hear the case.

Amnesty International visits/reports

  • Canada: Summary of recommendations from Amnesty International’s briefing to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (AMR 20/003/2012)
  • Canada: Briefing to the UN Committee against Torture, 48th Session (AMR 20/004/2012)
  • Canada: Briefing to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: 61st Session (AMR 20/006/2012)