OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's national security organizations
should be accountable to Canadians for their human rights performance,
the Canadian Human Rights Commission said in a Special Report to
Parliament tabled today.
The Report, entitled Human Rights Accountability in National Security Practices, recommends that Parliament pass legislation requiring national security
organizations to publish tracking data showing how they meet
obligations to respect human rights.
"All national security organizations are bound by the Canadian Human Rights Act, and most have made clear and explicit commitments to human rights,"
Acting Chief Commissioner David Langtry said.
"But public confidence requires demonstrable proof. Monitoring and
tracking data should be collected and made public," he said.
The Special Report is a distillation of a decade of research by the
Commission. The research shows that despite evidence of good faith at
national security organizations, few can demonstrate whether human
rights policies are followed.
"New legislation would bolster public trust in the security measures
that keep us safe. Members of Canada's visible minority communities in
particular should feel safe not just from the point of view of
security, but safe also from the risk of discriminatory treatment based
on race or ethnicity," Mr. Langtry said.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has collaborated with national
security organizations on a toolkit for tracking human rights
performance and preventing discrimination. The Human Rights Impact Assessment for Security Measures is published as a companion piece to the Special Report. Both are
available on the Commission's website at www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Human Rights Commission
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