Alleged Discrimination against Inuit in Nunavut Mine

Inuit workers working at Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank mine in Nunavut have made a claim regarding some alleged discrimination. According to some of the Inuit workers, the supervisor for the mine only speaks French and therefore the instructions are often not relayed in English which causes safety concerns for the English-speaking workers. Allegedly, the timing of an explosion for the mine was announced only in French, leaving many of the English-speaking workers unprepared for the blast.

In addition, there are also accusations that some of the francophone workers have been insulting the Inuit workers. One worker has said : “The guy, he told me: ‘Us French people, we’re beautiful, and you Inuit are ugly.’” Agnico Eagle claims to have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to discrimination but Inuit workers say that so far no action has been taken. The company also claims that staff are always reminded to use English to communicate and that there is an optional program for employees who wish to improve their English.

Original story can be found here.

L’affaire Badawi : L’Arabie Saudite sous pression

Jour après jour, le nombre d’organisations internationales qui défendent la libération de Raif Badawi ne cesse de monter.

La semaine passée, le Haut-Commissaire des Nations unies aux droits de l’homme, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a demandé au roi saoudien de suspendre la peine de Badawi. Selon lui, la sanction corporelle appliquée au citoyen de cet État viole la dignité humaine et ne respecte pas la Convention contre la torture.

De son côté, l’Amnistie internationale a lancé récemment la campagne « #jesuisbadawi », à travers laquelle elle exige que les coups de fouet cessent et que Raif soit mis en libéré inconditionnellement. Il faut que l’État saoudien « respecte ses obligations en matière de droits humains et qu’il abolisse la flagellation », argumente l’ONG.

Des manifestations populaires font du bruit.

Selon La Presse Canadienne, un mouvement de protestation est de plus en plus fort à travers le monde. Les ambassades de l’Arabie saoudite font face à des manifestants qui dénoncent le dossier Badawi et la cruauté des peines corporelles.

Blogueur et fondateur du site Free Saudi Liberals, par lequel il défendait la liberté religieuse en Arabie Saoudite, Raif a été condamné en 2012 à 1 000 coups de fouet et 10 années de prison pour insulte à l’islam. Après sa condamnation, sa femme et ses jeunes enfants se sont réfugiés au Canada, vivant depuis lors à Sherbrooke, dans l’est du Québec.

Il est difficile de déterminer si les demandes seront accueillies par les Saoudiens. Au moins, il est clair que la mobilisation vient de remporter une importante victoire : la deuxième séance de flagellation de 50 coups de fouet que le blogueur devait recevoir ce vendredi a été annulée.

ECHR on Greece’s Treatment of Migrants

Last Friday, January 16th, the European Court of Human Rights condemned Greece for its violation of the article 3 and 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, prohibiting torture and inhumane treatment.

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B.C. Federation of Labour Aims to Increase Minimum Wage in B.C.

The B.C. Federation of Labour (BCFED) is working to have general minimum wage in the province raised to $15 an hour. On Thursday, the group took to the streets to hand out informational pamphlets and get people to sign its “Fight for 15” petition with the goal of raising B.C.’s minimum wage by almost 50 per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

Un Brésilien sera exécuté en Indonésie dimanche prochain

L’instructeur de vol brésilien Marco Archer, arrêté en Indonésie depuis 2004 pour trafic de stupéfiants, sera exécuté dimanche prochain, indique l’agence Reuters.

Lors d’un voyage en Asie, Archer a été intercepté par les autorités indonésiennes à l’aéroport international de Jacarta avec de la cocaïne cachée dans son équipement de vol libre. Dans un premier moment, il a réussi à y échapper, mais il a été finalement capturé deux semaines plus tard.

Dès la condamnation de l’instructeur, le gouvernement brésilien a fait des efforts dans le sens de revêtir l’application de la peine capitale. L’ancien président Lula et l’actuelle présidente, Dilma Roussef, ont déposé des demandes de clémence auprès des autorités du pays asiatique, en indiquant qu’au Brésil la peine de mort a été abolie au XIXe siècle. Vendredi cependant, au cours d’une conversation téléphonique, le président Widodo a communiqué à sa consœur brésilienne qu’Archer sera exécuté dimanche prochain.

Selon le quotidien O’Globo, la chancellerie brésilienne étudie des mesures pour sanctionner l’Indonésie.

Cela sera la première fois qu’un Brésilien est exécuté à l’étranger.

Jury Selected for Couple Charged with Plotting to Blow Up British Columbia Legislature

John Stuart Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested in July 2013 for allegedly planting pressure-cooker explosive devices on the premises of the provincial legislature in Victoria, B.C. on Canada Day. The pair was charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, making or possessing an explosive device, conspiracy to place an explosive device with the intent to cause death or injury, and conspiracy to murder persons unknown. On Tuesday, they both plead not guilty.

Shortly after the pleas were entered, jury selection for the highly publicized trial began. More than 300 potential jurors were present for the scheduled first day of jury selection at the B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. Jury selection took place in courtroom 20, an enhanced-security courtroom built for the Air India trial and often used for high-profile B.C. cases. By the end of the day, all 14 jurors (7 women and 7 men) had been selected.

In a surprising move, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce issued a publication ban on many details of the proceedings, including much of the jury selection process.

The trial is scheduled to begin February 2 and is anticipated to continue for 18 weeks.

Read more here.

 

Supreme Court Preparing Carter Judgment on Assisted Dying

The National Post reports that the Supreme Court is preparing its judgment on the issue of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. The Post notes that although no date has been set for its release, the Court has requested intervenors consent to a media preview, which is common practice in well publicized cases such as this.

The claimants in this case, Kathleen Carter and Gloria Taylor have both since died. Read the rest of this entry »

New Report Sheds Light on Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights  (IACHR) released the released Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia report this week, which highlights the grave abuse experienced by indigenous women in Canada. According to the report, indigenous women and girls in Canada are have been murdered or reported missing at a rate 4 times higher than the rate of representation of indigenous women in the Canadian population. Read the rest of this entry »

Northern Canadians Get Their Due in Court

The Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories has upheld a trial judge’s order in a 2013 class action lawsuit. This lawsuit was launched against Bell Mobility Inc. by the thousands of customers who were changed a monthly emergency service fee. This 75 cent fee each month was supposed to provide customers with emergency services through the local 911 operator. However, Bell Media was considered to be in breach of contract as the charge could not apply to many Northern Residents because there is not a live 911 operation in the area where they lived.

Justice J.E. Côté ruled that Bell Mobility could not charge for a service that could not actually be provided. He wrote:

“In my respectful view, connecting someone to nothing is still nothing. A right to charge a door-to-door delivery fee for milk cannot be triggered by delivering empty bottles. An airline which produces on time an airplane with no vacant seats cannot charge a traveler for a ticket on that flight, absent very clear wording in the contract”

This ruling could affect up to 20,000 people that currently reside in Northern Canada. Damages have yet to be determined.

Full story can be found here.

 

Disappearance of Mexican Journalist Raises Concerns

Last week, Moisés Sánchez Cerezo, a Mexican journalist and blog writer was kidnapped from his home in Medellin de Bravo, in the State of Veracruz by a group of armed men. Sánchez is the founder and reporter for a local weekly La Union, which is distributed for free and used a platform by the journalist to journalist to report on the corruption of local authorities and the unstable security in the area.  Read the rest of this entry »

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