Government Legislative Proposal for the Protection of Minorities in Canada

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The protection of the rights of minorities is provided for under article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities is the document which sets essential standards and offers guidance to States in adopting appropriate legislative and other measures to secure the rights of persons belonging to minorities.

Minority rights, inclusion and equality play an important role in promoting social stability, justice, freedoms and peace in the world. This has been recognized at the highest level of the UN and stated in the outcome document of the 2005 World Summit of Heads of State and Government, approved by the General Assembly. The implementation of law and policy relevant to inclusion and equality, and effective strategies for social cohesion, are therefore important goals.

This Petition brings together several human right and minority right experts, representatives of Governments, Non-Governmental organisations, persons belonging to minorities, and other stakeholders to examine specific thematic constitutional and Human Rights issues and to focus on concrete measures, action and recommendations aimed at protecting and securing minority rights. and the introduction of appropriate legislation and recommendation to the House of Commons of Canada, the Senate of Canada and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).