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Declaration of the Voices-Voix Coalition

2010-06-18_voices-voix_declaration_poster-2United, we call upon the Government of Canada to:

1. Respect the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Therefore,

  • Cease to deliberately target those who speak out against government policies with the use of smear campaigns, dismissal from employment, funding cuts, blatant and subtle threats, regulations designed to obfuscate and prevent public debate, and other acts of bad faith.
  • Commit to parliamentary hearings that address widespread concerns about the loss of democratic space in Canada.

2. Act in accordance with Canada’s democratic traditions and values

Therefore,

  • Actively promote and support political diversity and public debate, instead of avoiding it.
  • Recognize and respect the vital role, expertise, and necessary independence of civil society organizations.

3. Be transparent

Therefore,

  • Demonstrate full respect for and accountability to the Parliament of Canada and the Canadian People.
  • Allow complete access for Canadians to information regarding public policy decisions.
  • Base funding decisions for government and civil society organizations on fair standards and democratic principles, instead of partisan agendas.

Read more and endorse the Declaration, as an individual or an organization

Read the report Dismantling Democracy: Stifling debate and dissent in Canada

Canada: Prevent torture in detention centres around the world

StopTortureCanada2-2-e1430168603620Amnesty International Canada – Thirty years ago, the international community agreed to ban torture and adopted the Convention against Torture. Yet in recent years, the practice remains widespread as governments justify any means to combat security threats and organized crime or simply suppress dissent. Key safeguards that would reduce and prevent the use of torture remain unimplemented.

Send a message to Canada’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rob Nicholson, calling on him to ensure Canada fully commits to ending the use of torture around the world.

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Canada must take action to strengthen global efforts to end torture, say NGOs in open letter to Prime Minister Harper

UnfollowMe: Tell governments to ban mass surveillance

UnfollowMe-worldleadersGovernments are snooping on everything we do online. State intelligence and security agencies are using mass surveillance to collect our private emails, calls, internet searches, contact lists, phone locations, webcam images and more.

Sign Amnesty International’s petition today, and call on Canada, the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand – to end indiscriminate mass surveillance today.

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