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This Week in Human Rights 2018–04–22


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/04/22

“A Montreal couple who were each fined $444 for making too much noise while walking along one of the city’s iconic bar strips at 10 a.m. says they are preparing a human-rights complaint, convinced they were targeted because one of them is black.

Tayana Jacques, a 34-year-old software developer at Ubisoft of Haitian descent, and her white boyfriend, Brian Mann, the 31-year-old executive director at Concordia University’s non-profit television station CUTV, say they were on their way to have breakfast on April 7 and were having a laugh about the waddling gait of the corgi dog breed when police intercepted them saying they were being too loud.

As Mr. Mann spoke with the police, Ms. Jacques said she tried to keep moving along St. Laurent Blvd. when she was grabbed, thrown against a car, searched and handcuffed without explanation. While Mr. Mann watched, other officers arrived on the scene, he said and, without warning, wrestled him to the ground and pepper sprayed him.”


Turkey on Sunday criticized the U.S. State Department Human Right Report for privileging the views of terrorist-linked sources and ignoring the facts.

Turkey is “deeply disappointed” by the report, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the annual report, released on Friday.

“The present report is based on a distant understanding of responsibility by presenting the allegations and accusations of terrorist-related circles as real,” it added.

The report “is filled with allegations and claims in the section relevant to our country that cannot be accepted,” said the ministry.”


“Newcomers are being discriminated against on P.E.I. and they are not going to the Human Rights Commission for help, Liberal backbencher Kathleen Casey suggested in the P.E.I. Legislature Tuesday.

Casey raised the issue to Justice Minister Jordan Brown during question period.

“Many Islanders, including Indigenous Islanders and newcomers, suffer discrimination but for various reasons do not use the services of the Human Rights Commission,” said Casey.”


“Human rights groups blasted the State Department’s annual human rights report, released on Friday, which removed the term “reproductive rights” and softened language on human rights violations in a number of countries, including Yemen and the Dominican Republic.

The report also dropped the phrase “Israel and the occupied territories,” replacing it with “Israel, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza” in a break from years past, made more controversial by the recent violent flare-up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Human rights groups say the changes undermine the integrity of the report, which is used by the U.S. government, lawmakers, and researchers around the world as a global benchmark for how each country treats human rights.”


“Britain’s planning rules are fueling a housing “crisis” for the elderly and disabled which is forcing the frail to live in dangerous conditions, a leaked report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission seen by the Telegraph has found.

The Commission’s report, due to be released next month, found a “severe shortage of accessible and adaptable housing” with only seven per cent of homes in England offering minimal accessibility features.

It warns that local councils are failing to build enough accessible homes to meet demand and were not taking action against developers who failed to comply with regulations.”


“B.C.’s premier has been apprised of the deteriorating human-rights situation in India by a harsh critic of the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Mumbai-born author and human rights activist Teesta Setalvad met John Horgan at his office in the B.C. legislature on April 18 on a trip to Canada.

Setalvad has been spearheading a campaign for justice for the victims of the 2002 anti-Muslim massacre in the western Indian state of Gujarat.”


“An international human rights group late Saturday called on the UN to have a “permanent” presence in the “Great March of Return” protests along the Gaza-Israel borders, which this year have seen at least 39 Palestinians martyred by Israeli forces.

According to a statement, the Swiss-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory Human Rights Monitor sent a letter to the UN’s Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, the special rapporteur on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

The letter urged a UN mission to monitor the protests along Gaza’s eastern border “to document the Israeli practices against protesters”.

Stressing that the demonstrations were “peaceful,” the statement accused Israeli soldiers of using “lethal force against unarmed protesters”.”



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