Canada’s controversial terrorism law criticised by UN human rights group

United Nations committee expresses concern that lack of oversight and safeguarding measures could lead to rights abuses and unlawful deportations

A UN human rights body has joined a chorus of criticism against a controversial Canadian anti-terrorism bill and is urging changes to the new legislation.

The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Committee released on Thursday the findings of a periodic review of Canada’s rights obligations under a core international rights treaty.

The concluding observations, which are not legally binding, call on Canada to ensure that Bill C-51, which became law last month, does not have a negative impact on fundamental human rights.

 

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They also requested that the bill provides adequate legal safeguards that information sharing provisions do not lead to rights abuses; establishes oversight mechanisms with the necessary resources for security and intelligence agencies that are “effective and adequate”; provides for “judicial involvement” in the authorization of surveillance measures; and allows people placed on an expanded no-fly list to be informed and able to challenge the decision.

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