Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UN Committee Calls on Canada for Inquiry into Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UN Committee Calls on Canada for Inquiry into Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women

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UN joins call for aboriginal woman inquiry

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GENEVA - A United Nations committee has joined the chorus of critics who say Canada should establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women said Canada has violated the rights of aboriginal women by failing to thoroughly investigate why they are targeted for violence.

The body is adding its voice to domestic calls for an inquiry, which the Harper government has repeatedly said isn't necessary.

A committee report released Friday said police and the justice system have failed to effectively protect aboriginal women.

It says native women face grave and systematic violations of their rights.

"Aboriginal women and girls are more likely to be victims of violence than men or non-aboriginal women and they are more likely to die as a result," the report said.

"Yet, despite the seriousness of the situation, the Canadian state has not sufficiently implemented measures to ensure that cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women are effectively investigated and prosecuted. …

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