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Abusive conditions in Canada’s immigration detention system: human rights groups

Jun 17 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada detains thousands of asylum seekers every year in often-abusive conditions where people of colour appear to be held for longer periods, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint report Thursday.  The two leading human rights organizations documented in their report how people in immigration detention, including those fleeing persecution […]

Abusive conditions in Canada’s immigration detention system: human rights groups

Jun 17 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say Canada detains thousands of asylum seekers every year in often abusive conditions where people of colour appear to be held for longer periods. The two leading human rights organizations documented in a joint report how people in immigration detention, including those fleeing persecution and seeking protection […]

Donors’ conference for Venezuelan refugees hosted by Canada aims to raise $1.44B

Jun 11 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A conference Canada will host next week for donors to Venezuelan refugees will highlight key challenges six million asylum seekers are facing and raise funds to address these challenges, Global Affairs Canada's assistant deputy minister said. Michael Grant told a virtual news conference Friday the world should provide sufficient support to countries in […]

Donors’ conference for Venezuelan refugees hosted by Canada aims to raise $1.44B

Jun 11 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A conference Canada will host next week for donors to Venezuelan refugees will highlight key challenges six million asylum seekers are facing and raise funds to address these challenges, Global Affairs Canada's assistant deputy minister said. Michael Grant told a virtual news conference Friday the world should provide sufficient support to countries in […]

Most Canadians say church to blame for residential-school tragedies: poll

Jun 8 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A new survey suggests two-thirds of Canadians believe the churches that ran residential schools should bear responsibility for the abuses against children, including deaths, that happened there. The online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies was carried out about a week after Tk’emlups te Secwepec First Nation said ground-penetrating radar […]

Most Canadians say church to blame for residential-school tragedies: poll

Jun 8 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A new survey suggests two-thirds of Canadians believe the churches that ran residential schools should bear responsibility for the abuses against children, including deaths, that happened there. The online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies was carried out about a week after Tk’emlups te Secwepec First Nation said ground-penetrating radar […]

Dealing with growing Chinese authoritarianism a challenge for democracies: Garneau

Jun 7 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — China's growing authoritarianism and coercive diplomacy constitute a challenge to democratic countries around the world including Canada,  Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said Monday. Garneau told a parliamentary committee that Canada and other democracies are grappling with the question of how they reconcile their business, security and human-rights objectives with China. "China of […]

Trudeau’s acknowledgment of Indigenous genocide could have legal impacts: experts

Jun 5 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's acceptance of an inquiry's finding that Canada committed genocide against Indigenous people could have tremendous legal impact if a court ever weighs Ottawa's responsibility for crimes against humanity, experts say. Amid growing outrage and grief over an unmarked burial site at a residential school in British Columbia, Trudeau reiterated […]

Trudeau’s acknowledgment of Indigenous genocide could have legal impacts: experts

Jun 5 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's acceptance of an inquiry's finding that Canada committed genocide against Indigenous people could have tremendous legal impact if a court ever weighs Ottawa's responsibility for crimes against humanity, experts say. Amid growing outrage and grief over an unmarked burial site at a residential school in British Columbia, Trudeau reiterated […]

UN human rights experts call on Canada to investigate residential school burial sites

Jun 4 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The United Nations' human-rights special rapporteurs are calling on Canada and the Catholic Church to conduct prompt and thorough investigations into the finding of an unmarked burial site believed to contain the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a British Columbia residential school. The UN special rapporteurs said Friday the investigations should examine […]

UN human rights experts call on Canada to investigate residential school burial sites

Jun 4 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The United Nations' human-rights special rapporteurs are calling on Canada and the Catholic Church to conduct prompt and thorough investigations into the finding of an unmarked burial site believed to contain the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a British Columbia residential school. The UN special rapporteurs said Friday the investigations should examine […]