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Major Reform of Police Record Check Practices Necessary

May 17, 2014 - Toronto - Canadians are being needlessly excluded from educational, volunteer and work opportunities based on irrelevant information disclosed on police record checks, a new report from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association argues. The report, False promises, hidden costs: the case for reframing employment and volunteer police record check practices in Canada, questions the value of widespread police record checks and shines a light on the damaging individual and societal consequences of current practices. New audio recordings documenting numerous individuals' personal experiences of discrimination and exclusion, released under the title Presumption of guilt: the human cost, are also being published today.

Canada’s Bail System

A new Report released today from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Set up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention, argues that Canadian governments need to take urgent action to ensure the bail system returns to legal and constitutional compliance.

INCLO Launches New Report: “Unanswered Questions – International Intelligence Sharing”

June 11, 2018

New report reveals lack of transparency of intelligence sharing agreements at the international level. (June 11, 2018) – A year ago, ten members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) launched a global public information campaign, asking for our national governments to provide information about the current agreements intelligence service agencies have with […]

Keep your promise on solitary confinement, groups tell Ottawa

May 14, 2018

Rights groups in legal challenges unite to urge government to comply with court orders (le français suit) OTTAWA, Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory (May 14 2018) – Rights groups who have won court challenges against indefinite solitary confinement were in Ottawa this morning to urge the federal government to abide by the courts’ rulings. The Canadian Civil […]

Bill 62 (Niqab Ban) Guidelines Cannot Save An Unconstitutional Law

May 11, 2018

Le texte français suivra – For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – May 11, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, say recently issued guidelines for granting exemptions under Quebec’s Bill 62 “niqab ban” are inherently problematic and do nothing to […]

CCLA RECOMMENDATIONS ON YORK U STRIKE

March 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CCLA TO YORK U PREZ: CAMPUS FEELS UNDER SIEGE AND BETRAYED BY YOUR TACTICS March 29, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – After exchanges this week between York U’s President and CCLA’s Executive Director, the civil liberties’ defender released its preliminary report on York U strike. “It’s time for York U to remove the private […]

Legal fight against solitary confinement continues

January 17, 2018

TORONTO, Ont. – The legal fight against Canada’s solitary confinement laws continues today, with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filing an appeal before Ontario’s highest court. On December 18, 2017, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court released his decision, striking down Canada’s solitary confinement laws as unconstitutional. While CCLA welcomed […]

INCLO Report Release: Gaining Ground: A Framework for Developing Strategies and Tactics in Response to Governmental Attacks on NGOs

January 4, 2018

In many countries across the world, governments have stepped up attacks on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), making it harder for them to function effectively. A global pattern has emerged, in which certain governments seek to stigmatise and delegitimise these organisations, particularly by demonising their acceptance of foreign funding or other foreign connections they might have. Moreover, […]

Crack-down on freedom of expression in Russia threatens online anonymity

December 19, 2017

19 December 2017 – Russia’s punishment of instant messaging app Telegram Messenger LLP for refusing to reveal its decryption keys could lead to a wider crack-down on internet communications, says Russian-based International Human Rights Group Agora. Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging service with more than 120 million users worldwide. On 12 December, 2017, a […]

Court Strikes Down Solitary Confinement Regime in Response to CCLA’s Challenge

December 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2017 TORONTO, Ont. – In a victory for civil liberties, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court struck down Canada’s solitary confinement laws as unconstitutional, following a three-year challenge by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). The court declared that the current regime’s lack of independent review of […]