The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights issued its Concluding Observations today following its review of Canada’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights last month. It is the Committee’s first review of Canada since 2006 and the first review of Canada by any UN human rights body under Prime Minister Trudeau’s government.
The Committee has forcefully rejected the position advanced by the government on numerous occasions over many years that economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights are of a different nature and not susceptible to the same level of judicial enforcement as civil and political rights.
“Concrete action is now needed to demonstrate the substance behind Canada’s new tone. A tremendous first step would be to halt construction of the Site C Dam in British Columbia, which is proceeding in the absence of the consent of affected First Nations communities," Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada.
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