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Fundamental Freedoms

The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms

The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms: a primer on civil liberties and democracy by A. Alan Borovoy.

Les fondements de nos libertés fondamentales

Les fondements de nos libertés fondamentales: l’abc des libertés civiles et de la démocratie par A. Alan Borovoy Le téléchargé.
Charter of Rights of Freedoms

Federal Court Case Challenges Government’s Respect for Charter of Rights and Freedoms

September 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CCLA CALLS ON FEDERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES TO RECOGNIZE THEIR DUTY TO UPHOLD THE CHARTER AND PROMISE TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY IN LAW-MAKING   Ottawa, ON – Last week, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) intervened in the Federal Court case of Schmidt v. Attorney General of Canada, arguing that (1) the government has a responsibility to […]

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. […]


Prime Minister Harper: Bring Mohamed Fahmy Home

September 8, 2015

(Credit: HEBA ELKHOLY / THE CANADIAN PRESS) CCLA has long advocated for Mohamed Fahmy’s release from an Egyptian jail and return to Canada. In February 2015 and again this past week, we wrote to Prime Minister Harper, encouraging him to personally intervene to bring Mr. Fahmy home.  Today, that message was amplified as we joined our voice to those of […]


Mohamed Fahmy Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

August 29, 2015

(Credit: HEBA ELKHOLY / THE CANADIAN PRESS) CCLA is deeply disappointed with the outcome today in the case of Canadian journalist Mohammed Fahmy, who was sentenced to three years in prison by an Egyptian court. Mr. Fahmy is a Canadian citizen and journalist who was working for Al Jazeera in Egypt when he was arrested […]

Significant Step for G20 Police Accountability

August 26, 2015

Yesterday, a police tribunal found senior Toronto police officer, Superintendent Mark Fenton, guilty of discreditable conduct and unnecessary exercise of authority for ordering the mass arrest of civilians during the 2010 G20 protests. The tribunal, presided over by retired judge John Hamilton, reaffirmed that police cannot use mass arrests to break up peaceful protests — a […]


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 […]

CCLA & CJFE challenge Bill C-51 in court

CCLA & CJFE mounting Charter challenge against Bill C-51

July 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Key sections of Bill C-51 violate Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms TORONTO (July 21, 2015) — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are initiating a Charter challenge today against key sections of Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. The legislation presents disturbing implications for […]

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