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CCLA submission to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of public consultations on carding and racial profiling

In Canada, racial profiling also exists and directly and negatively impacts the lives of individuals across the nation. Racial profiling not only unjustly violates the right to be equal before and under the law and other rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, racial profiling also undermines trust between communities and police. And such trust is vital if effective policing is to thrive in a democratic nation like Canada.

Supreme Court: Helping Refugees Not “Human Smuggling”

November 27, 2015

CCLA welcomes today’s decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada concerning assistance to refugees entering the country. The Court held that the term “human smuggling” does not, and should not, refer to a person who helps her child or spouse enter Canada, in their collective flight to safety. Nor does it refer to acts of […]


Mr. Trudeau: Time for Real Change in Human Rights Law and Policy

October 22, 2015

The following is a re-print of a letter sent to Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau on behalf of CCLA by Executive Director and General Counsel Sukanya Pillay. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Designate  Dear Mr. Trudeau: I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to congratulate you on your majority […]

INCLO Religion vs Equality

INCLO Issues New Report with Recommendations to Address Tensions Between Religious Freedom and Equality Around the World

September 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY — The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), of which the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a member, today released a report that addresses tensions between freedom of religion and equality rights and proposes resolutions to those tensions in three areas: LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and religious appearance. […]


Canada Can and Must Do More to Help Refugees

September 4, 2015

A heartbreaking photograph of the small body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi has focused the world’s attention on the plight of refugees fleeing war-torn nations. The child’s relatives, who live in Canada and whose application to bring other family members here had been rejected, expressed their grief and called on all nations to do more. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, while […]


CCLA Welcomes Concluding Observations for Canada by UN Human Rights Committee

July 23, 2015

This morning, the UN Human Rights Committee — the independent treaty body that monitors state implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) — released its concluding observations on Canada. CCLA had provided written submissions to the Committee in advance of the hearings. On July 7th and 8th, CCLA Executive Director and General […]


Racial Equality


CCLA Presents Concerns to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva

July 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CCLA is in Geneva this week to address the UN Human Rights Committee, which is reviewing Canada’s rights record for the first time in a decade. The Committee is comprised of 18 independent experts that monitor government compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  “This is an important process for Canada […]


An Historic Day: Marriage Equality Reigns Across America

June 26, 2015

CCLA is thrilled by the US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al., upholding the right to marriage equality in all 50 of the United States. It is truly an historic day for equality and justice, but especially so for all those who have fought for years simply […]

Toronto Police Services Board Re-instates 2014 Carding Policy

June 22, 2015

CCLA notes the Toronto Police Services Board’s (the Board) unanimous decision of June 18 to re-adopt a progressive policy, approved in 2014 but never implemented by Toronto Police. This policy restricts carding and racial profiling — at least to some extent – and establishes some important accountability measures. The Board’s decision is a positive step forward, though one that must be followed […]