Geneva [Switzerland], Canada India News: India has led the diplomatic initiative in proposing that Canada strengthen its anti-attack policies and take stronger action against hate speech.
The suggestions were made at the UN Human Rights Council Review session, where diplomats from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India offered their opinions and suggestions.
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Speaking on the subject at the Council meeting, Indian envoy Mohammed Hussain mentioned laws including the National Housing Strategy Act and the Accessible Canada Act.
“We note the enactment of the National Housing Strategy Act, Accessible Canada act, and National strategy to combat human trafficking,” said Hussain addressing the UNHRC review meeting.
India further suggested that Canada fortify its own regulations to stop the abuse of freedom of speech, especially when it comes to instigating violence. India further requested Canada to strengthen steps to combat hate crimes and hate speech, prohibit the operations of organizations that support extremism, and stop attacks on the places of worship of ethnic and religious minorities.
“India recommends the following to Canada – further, strengthen the domestic framework to prevent misuse of freedom of expression, for inciting violence and disallow activities of groups that are promoting extremism; effectively prevent attacks on places of worship of religious and racial minorities, strengthen legislative and other measures to address hate crimes and hate speech,” he also said.
Canada for its efforts to defend human rights
The ambassador from Bangladesh, Abdullah Al Forhad, praised Canada for its efforts to defend human rights and noted that its plan to stop human trafficking is still being implemented.
Bangladesh, however, suggested that Canada step up its efforts to combat racism, hate speech, hate crimes, and prejudice towards Muslim minorities and immigrants. They also advocated worldwide collaboration in tackling the effects of climate change and called for actions to cut carbon emissions.
Bangladesh offers recommendations to Canada
intensify its efforts to combat racism, hate speech, hate crimes, and discrimination against migrants and Muslim minorities, take necessary measures to reduce carbon emissions; strengthen international cooperation in addressing the negative impacts of climate change; and consider ratifying an international convention on the protection of the rights of all migrants, workers and members of their families,” said Bangladesh’s Al Forhad.
Additionally, Thilini Jayasekara, a diplomat from Sri Lanka, suggested that Canada join the Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers, combat racial discrimination that affects immigrants’ rights, dispel false information about minority communities, and improve its national system for thorough reporting and monitoring of international human rights recommendations.
Government of Canada
“Sri Lanka welcomes the cooperation extended by the Government of Canada during the visit of UN Special Rapporteurs on contemporary forms of slavery and on the rights of Indigenous people. Sri Lanka recommends Canada to one, accede to the Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of their families.
Two, continue to take measures against racial discrimination, in particular, to avoid discriminatory policies and regulations affecting the rights of immigrants, including in the area of health,” said the Sri Lankan diplomat.
Canada success in its UPR engagement
“Three, continue to take measures to counter misinformation against minority communities. Fourth, strengthen its national mechanism for comprehensive reporting and follow-up about recommendations received from international human rights mechanisms and treaty obligations. We wish Canada success in its UPR engagement,” Thilini Jayasekara added.
Earlier, in September this year, Trudeau alleged the involvement of “agents of the Indian government” in the killing of the Khalistani terrorist.
Additionally, New Delhi stopped issuing visas to Canada; but, after a “considerable review of the security situation,” it decided to start issuing visas again for four categories.
Notably, the MEA states that Canada has not been able to provide any proof for its allegations of homicide.