Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement

“Solitary confinement deprives the prisoner of vital human contact. This practice has devastating effects on the prisoner’s mental and physical wellbeing, and constitutes the harshest form of punishment that may be administered in Canadian penitentiaries. As such, the ready, routine and prolonged use of solitary confinement in Canadian penitentiaries is unjustified, unethical, […]

CCLA Intervenes to Protect the Right to Vote

CCLA is appearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Frank v. Canada, a case which deals with the fundamental right of all Canadian citizens to cast a ballot in a federal election.  The Frank case challenges provisions of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits Canadians citizens who have resided outside of the country for more than five years from […]

CCLA Disappointed by Federal Government’s Inadequate Response to Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

On December 11, 2014, the Correctional Service of Canada released its response to the findings of the Ashley Smith inquest, nearly one full year following the inquest jury’s verdict and detailed recommendations. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association – which participated in the Ashley Smith inquest – is deeply disappointed with the Government’s response, which we […]

Call to Action - Please help us take a stand for equal rights for trans people - Phone Senators on November 20

Canada’s Senate is about to take a decision on whether to extend important human rights protections to trans individuals in Canada. Bill C-279 seeks to recognize the right of trans people to be free from discrimination and to be protected from hate crimes.

CCLA has made submissions to the House of Commons and the Senate, asking […]

CCLA at Supreme Court on Assisted Suicide Case

Today the CCLA intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, a case that challenges the Criminal Code’s current prohibition on assisted suicide.  This is the second time that the highest court will consider the issue.  In 1993, the Supreme Court in Rodriguez held that the absolute ban on […]