Mandhane presents to the UN Human Rights Committee to assist with its review of Canada

Monday, July 6, 2015

 Today, the IHRP's executive director, Renu Mandhane, presented to the UN Human Rights Committee on human rights violations associated with Canada's detention of migrants with mental health issues.  Mandhane opened her remarks by reading a letter filed with the Committee by a Tyron Richard, a 27 year old man currently detained at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario. Tyron eloquantly writes about the impact that detention has had on him in terms of separation from his children, and day-to-day conditions in provincial jails which include frequest lockdowns and strip-searches.  Mandhane concluded by asking the Committee to recommend that Canada ensure that there is adequate arms-length oversight over CBSA, time limits on detention, and that non-citizens be able to access comprehensive health care, including mental health care, in the community.  You can watch Mandhane's 3 minute presentation here.  (The presentation was filmed by IHRP summer fellow, Logan St. John-Smith, who is part of the IHRP delegation to Geneva.)


Posted by Logan St. John-Smith on Monday, July 6, 2015