Canada: Restoring the Space for Dissent in Canada | Joint Written Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

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In this written submission, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) call on the Human Rights Council to continue to promote and protect the rule of law and human rights in Canada by monitoring the following issues and recommending the:

  1. Repeal of national security laws that threaten dissent and advocacy.
  2. Establishment of oversight mechanisms to ensure accountability of intelligence and security agencies.
  3. An immediate end to “political activities audits” by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) of progressive charitable organizations.
  4. Creation and maintenance of an enabling environment for civil society organizations (CSOs) and human rights defenders, including the restoration of appropriate funding and consultation mechanisms for CSOs, including for Indigenous organizations.