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CCFTA: Turning a blind eye on human rights + Action Alert
Date: Wednesday, March 24 2010
Topic:




What appeared to be a postponed deal resurfaced on the agenda of the

Canadian government last week when Trade Minister Peter Van Loan re-

introduced the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement into Parliament.



Mr. Van Loan stressed the "opportunity for [Canada] to open markets

to the high quality products produced by Canadian workers and

businesses" and called for opposition support for what is now known

as Bill C-2...



http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/trade-environment/



CCFTA: Turning a blind eye on human rights

 Author: Stanko S. Krstic

Source: EMBASSY

Date published: Wed, 2010-03-24

http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/krstic-03-24-2010



What appeared to be a postponed deal resurfaced on the agenda of the

Canadian government last week when Trade Minister Peter Van Loan re-

introduced the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement into Parliament.



Mr. Van Loan stressed the "opportunity for [Canada] to open markets

to the high quality products produced by Canadian workers and

businesses" and called for opposition support for what is now known

as Bill C-2...



the International Human Rights Graduate Students´ Association at the

Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of

Ottawa is expressing its concern to members of Parliament and the

federal government over several issues surrounding the implementation

of the deal in Canada.



Just days before Mr. Van Loan´s announcement, the UN special

rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders noted the

"persistent insecurity faced by several categories of defenders;

their stigmatization by public officials and non-State actors; their

illegal surveillance by State intelligence services; their arbitrary

arrest and detention, and their judicial harassment; and raids of non-

governmental organizations´ (NGOs) premises and theft of

information." 



FOR FURTHER BACKGROUND ON THE CCFTA SEE:  CCFTA Prorogued. Be ready

for action when Parliament resumes: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/trade-

and-environment/publications/ccfta-prorogued-be-ready-action-when-

parliament-resumes



ACTION ALERT: Liberals must stop fast-track of Canada-Colombia free

trade agreement (Bill C-2)



The Harper government has reintroduced implementation legislation for

the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement in Bill C-2. As the number

suggests, it is the second bill the government will handle after the

budget, with second reading debate on the free trade agreement

starting as early as this Friday. There is every reason to believe

Harper will try to fast-track it through the House of Commons. Take

action - send a letter today »

http://www.canadians.org/action/2010/CCFTA-0203.html



 







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