Articles Human Rights

  • Water isn’t a human right in Canada, but it should be

    Human Rights

    There has been a brewing controversy over the use, ownership, and commodification of important natural resources like fresh and clean drinking water. And rightfully so, because while Canada has high amounts of fresh water in global terms, the reality of water insecurity is apparent even here, especially as it pertains to Indigenous communities.

  • Opposing the Discrimination of the JNF

    Canadian Politics

    In the face of these wild attacks Elizabeth May and the Green leadership needs to stop equivocating on Palestinian rights. Past efforts to mollify the JNF have only emboldened these groups. It is time to show them you won’t be intimidated by respecting the will of the membership and embracing the call for the CRA to revoke the JNF’s charitable status.

  • PEN Canada Surveillance Survey is Now Live

    Human Rights

    Whether you are an essayists, journalist, novelist, poet, playwright, short-story writer or “other,” we want to know if surveillance legislation like the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, has changed the stories you tell or the process of telling them. The results of the survey will be compiled in a report that includes both data and analysis.

  • Resistance towards Resilience: Suicide and the Settler Colonial State

    Human Rights

    When we heal which requires our existence, our ancestors will heal as well. We are lovers of life-the ultimate threat we have over the settler colonial state. We must not adopt the identity of the settler colonial state; a self-destructive life-hating way of being. This is why we must resist.

  • Anti-blackness

    Canadian Politics

    Two black boys doing something as innocuous as walking home from school being stopped as the muzzles of seven armed weapons were pointed at them is symbolic of the way blackness is engaged and encountered in Canada. This incident, and so many like them that occur every day, are common renderings of the anti-blackness that — contrary to popular belief — is not random or mistaken but rather constitutes Canada’s very social fabric.

  • A Brief for Equality

    Human Rights

    If we truly believe that equality is a moral good in itself and that it reflects and affirms what we most value in human social life, then the only politically coherent stance is to insist on it as a goal to aim for in the long run, no matter how far off it seems today.

  • Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence

    Human Rights

    Domestic violence takes place in up to a staggering 40 percent of law enforcement families, but police departments mostly ignore the problem or let it slide, write ex-police wife Susanna Hope and award-winning investigative journalist Alex Roslin in their new book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence.

  • US and Western allies must change their Syria policy

    Human Rights

    Citizens in Western states must keep up and intensify the pressure they are putting on their governments to accept more Syrian refugees. This is particularly important in vast, wealthy countries whose responses to the crisis have been pathetic, such as the United States and Canada.

  • CMHR: The Unbearable Lightness of Inclusion

    Canadian Politics

    Few buildings in Winnipeg, or Canada, have been as contested prior to their construction, let alone their opening, as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Plagued with controversy — rather, witlessly courting it — its edifice has been lurking on the horizon for years, while critique after compelling critique assailed its neoliberal ideology: some more damning than others, but none what one would call “good press.” Would the museum address itself to Palestine, to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza? Does it even make sense to speak of the dignity of human beings under capitalism, when rights are essentially at market?

  • No room for anti-Israel commentary in Canadian politics

    Canadian Politics

    In an international context, it would now appear that Canada has the least control of any G7 country over its own foreign policy. Bizarrely, no matter who wins the upcoming election, Canada’s Middle East policy now seems to be firmly based on Likudist agendas.

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