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      From: RUSSELL DIABO
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      Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2005 6:16 AM
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      Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 9:58 PM
      Subject: United Nations Presses Canada To Repeal a Discriminatory Section From the Canadian Human Rights Act







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      04/11/2005

      Press release following the publication of the Concluding Observations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee calling on Canada to act immediately to repeal section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
      United Nations Presses Canada To Repeal a Discriminatory Section From the Canadian Human Rights Act

      OTTAWA, November 4, 2005 - The United Nations Human Rights Committee is calling on Canada to act immediately to repeal section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, a section that excludes some First Nations people from protection under the Act.

      The Committee tabled its Concluding Observations on November 2, following the review of Canada's Fifth Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In this document, the Committee raises several issues regarding Aboriginal rights in Canada, including the fact that section 67 allows discrimination as long as it can be justified under the Indian Act. The Committee goes on to say that it is concerned that the discriminatory effect of the Indian Act against Aboriginal women and their children in matters of reserve membership has still not been remedied, and that the issue of matrimonial real property on reserve lands has still not been properly addressed.

      This only a few days after the Canadian Human Rights Commission released its own report, A Matter of Rights, asking Parliament to immediately repeal Section 67. Chief Commissioner Mary Gusella said at the time of the release, on October 26, 2005, that section 67 was a hole in the fabric of human rights in Canada that needed to be fixed and that this exclusionary provision of the Canadian Human Rights Act was nothing less than "a national and international embarrassment to Canada."

      Other voices have also raised concerns about section 67. On October 25, Senator Noël Kinsella tabled Bill S-45 in the Senate asking for its immediate repeal for the reasons articulated in the Commission's report. On November 1, 2005, the Honourable Andy Scott, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, indicated that the Government was "looking forward to reviewing the recommendations of the Commission to determine the appropriate next steps required to address this issue."

      These developments confirm that the consensus for the repeal of section 67 is growing and that quick action by Parliament on this important issue is supported not only from within Canada but also from the international human rights community.

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      For further information, media may contact:

      Jean-Christophe Vlasiu
      Communications
      Canadian Human Rights Commission
      Tel. : (613) 943-9120
      jean-christophe.vlasiu@...

      or visit the Commission's web site at www.chrc-ccdp.ca





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