All Canadians should be outraged by Canada's refusal to heed UN recommendations
Re: "Local Aboriginal women outraged by Canada's refusal to heed UN recommendations," by Krystle Alarcon, The Vancouver Observer, September 20, 2013.
Krystle Alarcon writes, "Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Elissa Golberg, has rejected a comprehensive review recommended by the UN that would delve further into over 600 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The UN Human Rights Council is conducting its Universal Period Review of Canada's rights record on a wide range of issues including poverty and violence. Canada has refused 40 out of 162 UN recommendations, including a national sweeping review of violence against Aboriginal women, and this has angered local women."
This is not the first time Canada has refused to comply with legitimate rulings of the UN Human Rights Committee. (Google UN Case No. 633/1995 for full text.)
In 1999, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, headed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the time Mrs. Mary Robinson, found Canada in violation of Article 19 (Freedom of Expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and to provide equal access to all journalists to the parliamentary press gallery facilities and services provided for the media in Ottawa. Article 19 protects the fundamental right of freedom of expression, defined as the right to seek, receive and impart information, and is a fundamental right guaranteed for every Canadian, not only mainstream media journalists.
This UN ruling against Canada was made in 1999, 14 years ago, and Canada has yet to comply and continues to impede fair, full and equal access for all journalists to the publicly funded media facilities and services in the House of Commons.
All Canadians should be outraged by Canada's refusal to heed UN recommendations, not only "Local Aboriginal women."
If Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Elissa Golberg, will not honour a ratified international treaty, then Canada should withdraw our membership in the United Nations, or, in the alternative, the UN should expel Canada for failing to honour our treaty obligations.