Legal clinics challenge Canada’s Human Rights record

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) and African Canadian Legal Clinic are taking part in a panel presentation on Monday, April 29, to discuss the United Nations’ (UN’s) review of Canada’s human rights record and to watch the Canadian government’s response to the review.

The event, organized by the two clinics as well as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change (COPC), highlights concerns over what the groups consider Canada’s “foundering human rights record.” Among the clinic’s concerns are the targeted policing of Aboriginals and people of colour, whom the clinic says are overrepresented in Ontario’s jails and prisons.

The joint submission by MTCSALC and COPC also noted challenges with growing income inequalities and discrimination in the job market, education and other aspects in society.

“Notwithstanding the many well-established human rights laws and systems in Canada, there remain serious challenges facing members of racial communities,” says Avvy Go, Clinic Director of MTCSALC.

The panel discussion will also raise some of the recommendations the groups made in papers submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March about Canada’s compliance with international human rights.

The groups hope the UN Human Rights Council will discuss some of these concerns with the Canadian government when they meet on April 26, 2013.

Details of the presentation are as follows:


Monday, April 29, 2013




3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, Ryerson University
7th floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto

For more information:

MTCSALC and COPC’s joint submission paper to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s submission on the second periodic review of Canada

ACLC’s submission to the UN universal periodic review of Canada