Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dion Official: Canada to Join UN Anti-Torture Protocol after Years of Delay

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dion Official: Canada to Join UN Anti-Torture Protocol after Years of Delay

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Canada to join UN anti-torture protocol

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OTTAWA - Canada is prepared to join a key United Nations anti-torture agreement more than a decade after it was first passed.

The UN's optional protocol to the convention against torture allows for the establishment of national and international systems for inspecting detention centres where torture often takes place in secrecy.

It was first approved by the world body in 2002.

Although dozens of countries have signed on, Canada has not ratified the protocol. The Harper government twice promised to do so, but never did.

The new Trudeau government will follow through, says Chantal Gagnon, a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.

"The minister just announced that we agree that the government of Canada should join this important protocol," Gagnon said of what Dion had to say at a private reception earlier Monday. …

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