On January 12, 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights today released the report Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia, which highlights the grave human rights violations experienced by Indigenous women in Canada. Canada Without Poverty, a BC Poverty Reduction Coalition member, issued a press release in response to this scathing report:
The report highlights Canada’s utter failure to abide by its human rights obligations, both in respect to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international human rights law, and the country’s inability to ensure that Indigenous women in Canada are free from discrimination, inequality and violence.
Leilani Farha, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, further explained the contradiction of this situation:
“These levels of violence are unacceptable in any territory. In a country as wealthy as Canada, which has historically bragged about its dedication to equality and other human rights, this report highlights the disgraceful state of our commitment to human rights law,”
“Canada is legally obligated under domestic and international human rights law to ensure that ALL people in Canada are free from discrimination and violence. When 4.3% of Canada’s population lives in fear of violence because they are a member of a particular group, every level of government must step up and take immediate and effective action.”
You can visit Canada Without Poverty’s website for more information, and read the full report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights here.