Public interventions have historically been effective tools for supporting human rights defenders (HRDs) and pressuring governments to uphold the rule of law. Examples of public interventions are open letters, op-eds, news releases, and social media postings. The aim is to reach the governments, key actors, and local authorities and to show that Canadians are committed to fighting for human rights. Whether these efforts are coordinated nationally or in various countries, they are essential to the advancement of human rights in Canada. Resource – Marc Kielburger

While Most Discussions On Human Rights In Canada Have Focused On The Charter

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While most discussions on human rights in Canada have focused on the Charter, there are many other laws affecting Canadians. The Human Rights Act applies to governments, which are required to implement the Charter. The complex system of laws regulating human rights protections in Canada is divided into federal, provincial, and territorial areas of jurisdiction. Anti-discrimination laws are uniform across all levels, ensuring that the rights of Canadians are protected.

The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights released a report on forced sterilization, a practice that disproportionately affects Indigenous women and girls. On December 8, a bill criminalizing conversion therapy was passed and became law. The International Women’s Center, which serves newcomers to Canada, continues to provide support to immigrants and refugees. Meanwhile, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of vulnerable children locally and nationally.