Human Rights Record of National Security Organizations must be Properly Monitored, Canadian Human Rights Commission says

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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