Lethal in Disguise

Lethal in Disguise: The Health Consequences of Crowd-Control Weapons

Over the past number of years, crowd-control weapons (CCWs) are increasingly being used in responding to popular protests. In a joint report "Lethal in Disguise: The Health Consequences of Crowd-Control Weapons", International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) have documented the health consequences of these weapons. The report aims to raise awareness about the misuse and abuse of CCWs, the detrimental health effects that these weapons can have, and the impact of their use on the meaningful enjoyment of freedom of assembly and expression. It also seeks to foster a global debate to develop international standards and guidelines on the use of CCWs with the ultimate goal of preventing injury, disability and death by providing information on these weapons and insisting on their safe use.
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Statement to the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”), founded in 1964, is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization. We are dedicated to protecting and promoting fundamental human rights and civil liberties. We believe that economic, social, and cultural rights must be upheld and protected, and that these rights are indispensable to the exercise of other human rights. We wish to highlight the following issues for your consideration.
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Report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association submits this brief to the Members of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (“Committee”), in connection with the review of Canada’s sixth periodic report. CCLA’s briefing corresponds directly to the List of Issues set out by the Committee (E/C.12/CAN/Q/6). While CCLA has focused on select issues only, it is our view that all issues contained in the Committee’s List of Issues are vital to the creation of conditions in Canada whereby all persons can enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights as well as their civil and political rights.
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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.
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Drawing the Line: Tackling Tensions Between Religious Freedom and Equality

The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), of which the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a member, 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. The report draws on the expertise of INCLO’s members across five continents in analyzing cases where religion and equality claims have competed in the courts.
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Submissions to the Quebec Commission on Institutions regarding Bill 59

Part 1 of Bill 59 seeks to enact a new law targeting hate speech, and speech inciting violence. Some of the proposed measures raise significant civil liberties and human rights concerns, notwithstanding what may be an attempt to protect vulnerable and marginalized populations. In particular, the proposed legislation restricts freedom of expression and may chill vital discussion and debate on matters of public and political importance. Such restrictions are incompatible with democratic values and appear on their face to be in contravention of both the Québec Charter of human rights and freedoms (“Charter”) and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Canadian Charter”).
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Shadow Report to the UN Human Rights Committee on Canada’s Human Rights Record

CCLA's shadow report to the UN Human Rights Committee on the occasion of the sixth periodic review of Canada.

CCLA’s Submissions to the Senate Committee Concerning Bill C-51

April 20, 2015

CCLA Executive Director and General Counsel, Sukanya Pillay, appeared April 20, 2015 on CCLA’s behalf before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence


CCLA Urges Toronto Police Services Board to Reject New “Community Engagement” Policy

April 7, 2015

CCLA was once again before the Toronto Police Services Board presenting oral and written submissions in connection with a proposed procedure and amended policy on carding and racial profiling. According to CCLA and many others who spoke out, the new draft procedure and amended Board policy would unjustifiably expand the power of police to stop […]

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The Fundamentals of our Fundamental Freedoms

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