The United Nations Human Rights Committee recently issued a stinging report that endorses all the complaints by human rights and anti-poverty activists about the way Canada treats its vulnerable minorities.
The UN committee chastised the federal and provincial governments for:
* using security certificates to arrest, detain, and expel immigrants, without disclosing the evidence against them or giving them a chance to refute it:
* allowing native land claims negotiations to drag on for years, while band members languish in poverty;
* failing to prevent - or even document-the high rate of violence against Aboriginal women;
* assigning male correctional officers to guard female prisoners;
* locking up people with mental illnesses because supportive housing is unavailable;
* brushing off allegations that Canadian officials were complicit in the torture of three Canadian citizens in Syria; and
* enacting anti-terrorism legislation that is too broad and imprecise.
Everything, in short, that civil libertarians had been saying for years was reiterated by this global UN body.
There was just one problem, and it was expressed clearly on Page 2 of this UN report: "The committee notes with concern that many of the recommendations it addressed to the State party (the federal Liberals) in 1999 remain unimplemented. It also regrets that the committee's previous concluding observations have not been distributed to Members of Parliament and that no parliamentary committee has held hearings on the issues arising from the committee's observations. …