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June 21, 2015

CANADA: KAIROS Shadow Report Spotlights Violations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

KAIROS submitted an NGO Shadow Report on Canada's compliance to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) in late May. This committee monitors implementation of the ICCPR, which Canada ratified in 1976, and, in July, it will review Canada's compliance with the Covenant. The NGO Shadow Report outlines Canadian laws, policies and practices that contravene several provisions of the ICCPR.

As a large number of the issues raised by the HRC for the review of Canada relate to Indigenous rights, the report was prepared by a joint working group of the KAIROS Indigenous Rights Circle and Dignity and Rights Circle, and assisted by the skillful pen of summer student intern, Sara Anderson.

The report focuses on the issues where KAIROS has done previous work, made statements and established a policy base. The report puts the current human rights concerns “in the context of the violent legacy of Canada’s Indian residential schools which have led to systemic problems and intergenerational effects on the Indigenous peoples of Canada.”

The Shadow Report covers: the disappearances of Indigenous women and girls; the continuous precarious situation of Indigenous people; disparities on the rights of children; the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Read the Shadow Report here.

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