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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.

The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms

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

INCLO Members Welcome Hossam Bahgat’s Release and Remain Vigilant

November 13, 2015

Hossam Bahgat, journalist and founder of human rights group Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was released on Tuesday, November 10th after being detained arbitrarily for two days. Hossam was summoned to Egypt’s Military Intelligence headquarters on Sunday morning and later sent to Military Prosecution, where he was initially interrogated without legal counsel present. Military prosecution […]

CCLA Applauds Anti-SLAPP Law

November 3, 2015

Ontarians’ right to protest and to freedom of expression will receive a boost in protection following the passage of a new law by the Ontario legislature.  The long-awaited Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 has finally been passed and comes into effect immediately upon Royal Assent. This law aims to protect freedom of expression on […]


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 […]


No more ‘Safe Harbour’: Does it matter in Canada?

October 15, 2015

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), Europe’s highest court, made a ruling that takes a strong, principled stand on data privacy rights, and may have repercussions for Canada. The ruling declared the Safe Harbour agreement that permitted data transfers between the EU and the US invalid. The case in question […]

Charter of Rights and 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 […]