Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review

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May 15, 2018

Introduction

1. The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, held its thirtieth session from 7 to 18 May 2018. The review of Canada was held at the 9th meeting, on 11 May 2018. The delegation of Canada was headed by the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. At its 14th meeting, held on 15 May 2018, the Working Group adopted the report on Canada.

2. On 10 January 2018, the Human Rights Council selected the following group of rapporteurs (troika) to facilitate the review of Canada: Georgia, Kenya and Switzerland.

3. In accordance with paragraph 15 of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 and paragraph 5 of the annex to Council resolution 16/21, the following documents were issued for the review of Canada:

(a) A national report submitted/written presentation made in accordance with paragraph 15 (a) (A/HRC/WG.6/30/CAN/1);
(b) A compilation prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in accordance with paragraph 15 (b )(A/HRC/WG.6/30/CAN/2);
(c) A summary prepared by OHCHR in accordance with paragraph 15 (c) (A/HRC/WG.6/30/CAN/3).

4. A list of questions prepared in advance by Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America and Uruguay was transmitted to Canada through the troika. These questions are available on the website of the universal periodic review.

I. Summary of the proceedings of the review process

[To be completed by 28 May 2018]

A. Presentation by the State under review
B. Interactive dialogue and responses by the State under review

5. During the interactive dialogue, 107 delegations made statements.
Recommendations made during the dialogue are to be found in section II of the present report.

II. Conclusions and/or recommendations

6. The following recommendations will be examined by Canada, which will provide responses in due time, but no later than the thirty-ninth session of the Human Rights Council:

6.1 Consider ratifying those international human rights instruments to which it is not yet a party (Burkina Faso);

6.2 Ratify the international human rights instruments to which Canada is not yet a party (Mali);

6.3 Consider acceding to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (SriLanka);

6.4 Consider ratifying the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Peru); (Albania); (Chile); (El Salvador); (Indonesia);

6.5 Adhere to and/or ratify those international human rights instruments to which it is not yet a party, in particular the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (Honduras);

6.6 Ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Paraguay); (Egypt); (Uruguay); (Philippines); Algeria); (Benin);

6.7 Ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (Uruguay); (France); (Belgium); (Japan); (Portugal); (Costa Rica);

6.8 Consider signing the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Italy);

6.9 Consider ratifying the international human rights instruments which Canada has not yet become party, including the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Mongolia);

6.10 Consider acceding to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Tunisia);

6.11 Consider ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Ghana);

6.12 Sign and ratify OP-CAT in line with the 2013 announcement that Canada would begin the process of joining (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland);

6.13 Ratify those international human rights instruments to which Canada has not yet become party, in particular the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Romania);

6.14 Speed up the ratification process of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment and put into place a national preventive mechanism in accordance with this instrument (Switzerland);

6.15 Set a clear timeline for the completion of the ratification of the OPCAT and establish, accordingly, the national preventive mechanism (Hungary);

6.16 Complete consultations with all relevant stakeholders, including provincial and territorial governments, to ratify OP-CAT and designate or establish national protective mechanism (Czechia);

6.17 Expedite accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Australia);

6.18 Expedite the process to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment (Germany); (Greece); (New Zealand);

6.19 Expedite the process of ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (Netherlands);

Read More: https://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/canada/session_30_-_may_2018/draft_a_hrc_wg_6_30_l_9_0.pdf

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