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Deepening rift at Rights and Democracy


 

Forty-seven members of Rights and Democracy, the government-funded agency charged with promoting democracy and human rights abroad, yesterday sent a letter to three members of its board of directors, Jacques Gauthier, Elliot Tepper, and chair Aurel Braun, claiming that they have lost the confidence of their employees at Rights and Democracy and requesting their resignations.

The letter, which was cc’d to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, follows the sudden death late last week of Rights and Democracy President Remy Beauregard and the resignation of two board members, Payam Akhavan and Sima Samar.


 
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Deepening rift at Rights and Democracy

  1. claiming that they have lost the confidence of their employees at Rights and Democracy and requesting their resignations

    I think the complainants may be a little confused about how the employer-employee relationship typically works.

    • Or you are confused — read it again.

      • People lower on the org chart are crankily en masse demanding the resignations of people higher on the org chart, because they don't like that their little fiefdom lost its last board-level defenders. What am I not getting, exactly?

  2. Looks like the Harper govt., unhappy that the organization might not be correctly supportive of Israel, stacked the board with pro-Israel zionists (Bnai Brith's legal counsel, among others). Typical of this govt's narrow partisanship in the M.E., and fits right in with their recent defunding of Kairos.

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