The second United Nations rapporteur, to address the issue of human rights violations by Canada in 2013, was the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. A body that was established in 1982. But of importance here, is its report in 2013, (or the non existence of it) on Canada’s role, in regards to women. It too was granted special permission by the Canadian government, to come on its soil and to carry out its investigation, on that issue. This is also what I have found . That, I have looked on its home page, ‘UN Women: United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women’ and also under the subheading of ‘Conventions on the Eliminations of All Forms of Discrimination against women’ and has searched the reports under ‘countries’ and could not find the country of Canada anywhere’. (If anyone comes across that report on Canada, please let me know). That is my conclusion on the UN’s second rapporteur’s visit to Canada.
The third one, which is not a United Nations rapporteur at all per say, but is a member of the Organization of American States, and is also called the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. It is the human rights governing body, for the region of North America, the Caribbean and also the Latin American countries. Of which Canada is also a part of, being like the USA, a part of North America. It is a completely independent body from the United Nations, but it also makes regular reports to the UN and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, about its findings, on the countries of that region, including Canada. In its visit to Canada, in October 2013, it was also carrying out the function, of a UN rapporteur, in regards to the issue of discrimination, in Canada. I know this, because the IACHR had also requested my participation at the time, as a delegate to its convention, that also took place in Montreal, Quebec. And which I also declined.
As to its findings on the practice of discrimination, that are being carried out by the Canadian government, and most importantly, how seriously, it has also taken those reports, from the various other groups which it had also contacted, to also be delegates at the convention, as well as to provide their own insights into the problem, is a also different matter entirely. The IACHR, is known to have a weak backbone and has shown outright cowardliness, when it comes to dealing with the concerns that has been brought to its attention, about Canada.
It certainly has the power to intervened, but also has never done so, prior to its investigation, in its role in acting as a UN envoy to Canada, in 2013. In fact, it was also a big Hypocrite on that issue. What the IACHR report did focus on, particularly, was the plight of the Native People of Canada. An issue that was already taken up by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the rights of the Indigenous peoples, James Anaya. The IACHR, just elaborated on it even further. In fact, its latest report, as of January 2015, has also focused on that issue. That report was based on the murdered and missing women, in British Columbia, Canada. As for its report in 2013, on the issue of discrimination, particularly, racial discrimination in Canada, there is also very little to report on that. I actually could not find any of its findings on that subject, other than its report about Canada’s Native People. The IACHR was also back again in Canada, in January of 2015 and this time it has tried to worked with the African Canadian community in Toronto, especially, to gain an insight into the discrimination that is faced by that group specifically. Some of the current local black groups involved, were also the same ones that were invited to attend the conference, in Montreal, Quebec, in November of 2013.
Canada then lost out to a small nation, like Portugal, for that position. It seem to have learned its lesson on that one, because Canada also announced in 2014, that it would not run again for a seat with the UN's Security Council.
The comment from the government, was also equally embarrassing, “ We didn’t withdraw it, because we thought we would lose, we withdraw it because we knew we were going to be humiliated”, said NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. He continued, “… and we wern't losing to dictators… we lost to countries, that are long time allies like Portugal and Germany, who wanted nothing to do with the Canada…that are projecting on world stage”. And this statement was also coming from a country, that was also instrumental, in some of the earlier decisions of the United Nations. Among them the drafting of the International Criminal Court. In fact, the UN’s position on Canada, recently, was even more daunting, when on September 25, 2014, at the convention on the Protection of Journalist, it also called on Canada to be a global leader, in the protection of journalist and subsequently of freedom of speech. Has it complied?. Not yet, nor will it ever do so. Quietly attacking those, who like this writer, speaks out on its actions, to the rest of the world.
Silencing anyone who dares to speak openly about it. This is where its crimes show up the most, because it is its police and intelligence services, such as CSIS, which also carries out those attacks, against some journalists and bloggers, such as myself, and also subject them to heinous human rights abuse, with the hopes of silencing them forever. But the burgeoning evidence against its actions now cannot be contained, as more and more evidence, has also come to light against its human rights atrocities. Perhaps the most obvious, is its unrepentant attitude about it. There are also denials being made as to how much responsibility, that it wants to take for its actions. Which consists of lying (covering up) and also denying some of those charges, and at the same time admitting to some, of those charges of human rights abuse, because of the irrefutable evidence that has also been presented, against that country. Such as those presented by the Indigenous People, of Canada. Its other actions it will also continue to deny, or to cover up, until there is no more room left to hide its actions. But by the reaction of the other countries, of the international global community, that is also presented, at the United Nations Human Rights Council, it seem that Canada can no longer be able to, or will no longer be allowed, to hide its own actions, concerning its human rights violations.