Canada's record on racial discrimination under scrutiny at UN


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Canada and human rights are not synonymous with one another. We even have to bow our heads in shame in front of the UN it is so bad here.

Support individual liberty, Rule of Law, Due Process, pursuit of happiness or the world will eventually figure out and punish you in various forms. Of course, most Canadians and the back stabbing security apparatus here stick their chests out and tell you what a great nation we are compared to those in America, yet, our overt and covert oppression of citizens is unmatched in Western "democracies".

You have to understand, this isn't just racism that ensures people are imprisoned, thrown into solitary confinement for years in some cases (yes, years) and generally oppressed. This is also a system that denies free market contributions and participation for the poor, ensuring only those "worthy" of such activities do so. There are many minority billionaires and multi-millionaires in America, good luck finding any in Canada.

Canada's record on racial discrimination under scrutiny at UN

Canada will appear before a United Nations committee in Geneva on Monday to defend its record on fighting racial discrimination.

A delegation — led by the Department of Canadian Heritage — will face two days of questioning by a panel of independent experts tasked with monitoring the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which Canada formally adopted in 1970.

All 178 state parties to the convention are required to undergo periodic reviews outlining efforts made to implement the accord. But dozens of Canadian civil society groups have also submitted alternative reports prior to the UN session arguing that Canada is not living up to its obligations.

The convention "solemnly affirms the necessity of speedily eliminating racial discrimination throughout the world in all its forms and manifestations."

It was 2012 when Canada last went before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

"We see that in many areas there has been no improvement and in some areas it's gotten worse," says Emily Harris, advocacy director at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto.


Harris says that hasn't happened. ''Currently in the federal prison system Indigenous men account for 22 per cent of the population, and Indigenous women represent 31 per cent of the overall population,'' she says. "But in Canada as a whole, Indigenous people only make up about four per cent of the population.''

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