human rights

Ambassador of China to Canada Cong Peiwu speaks as part of a panel at the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence in Ottawa, on March 4, 2020 (CP/Justin Tang)

How to deal with a hostage-taking, extortionist China

Shannon Gormley: As China decides to no longer hide behind the language of engagement and friendship, Ottawa finds itself increasingly exposed

Kyle Linklater packing a hunted caribou onto a sled near Peawanuck, ON, December 16, 2019. (Courtesy of Daron Donahue/ Human Rights Watch)

Canada’s climate-change inaction violates Indigenous human rights: report

Two Human Rights Watch experts describe how First Nations people are struggling to sustain traditional diets, as fish and wildlife become more difficult and dangerous to reach

People cheer during the the Canada Day noon show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, July 1, 2019. (Justin Tang/CP)

This Canada Day, the country must reflect on its history to write its future

Anita Li: Canada must return to its core values—sustainability, multiculturalism and human rights—which have not been upheld in recent years

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Apr. 23, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Coronavirus measures from governments need human rights oversight

Alex Neve: There is no doubt that governments across Canada have launched important programs and announced unprecedented funding, but they do so without a thorough human rights analysis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with supporters in Caracas. Venezuela has been named a member of teh UN Human Rights Council, despite the UN's own report that the Maduro regime engaged in orchestrated political assassinations (Miguel Gutiérrez/EPA)

The UN, where rights abusers get to be on the human rights council

Terry Glavin: The UNHRC is so rife with oppressors and torture states that it just might serve the opposite of its founding purpose

Is Beijing sticking its nose into the election campaign in Markham?

Marcus Kolga: For the sake of democracy, voters in the Markham-Unionville riding should ask their local candidates about their positions on human rights in China

China’s disregard for the rule of law strikes too close to home

Yaqiu Wang: As more and more Canadians are being plunged into the black hole of China’s criminal justice system, Canada’s ‘meddling’ is past due

The Trudeau government is losing its human rights battle with the Saudis—and missing a huge opportunity

Terry Glavin: Ottawa has much to gain by doubling down in defence of imprisoned activists. Why is it reduced to forelock-tugging and flattery?

Canada serves as convenient example for Saudi Arabia’s rising ruler

Two leading Middle East experts on what this week’s Canada-Saudi diplomatic clash reveals about the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Payam Akhavan on the sacrifices needed to make the world safer

From 2017: A call to action from the UN’s youngest-ever war crimes prosecutor

Canada is seen as a global human rights beacon—but not so much, at home

As Canada works to protect human rights in the world, we have to acknowledge the failures at home, even as we fete Canada 150

Why Wang Yi felt free to throw a hissy fit

Terry Glavin on Canada’s cowering in the face of Chinese pressure