International, Canadian experts call for an end to immigration detention

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

(Montreal, June 20, 2018) Leading international experts on immigration detention issued two joint statements today urging Canada and other governments to put an end to this harmful practice, stating that, “As a matter of principle, individuals should not be placed in immigration detention or separated fro

IHRP Assists Challenge to Barbados’ Discriminatory Sexual Offences Act

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Three Barbadians — a trans woman, a lesbian and a gay man — are filing today a petition against Barbados before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) challenging laws criminalising “buggery” and other intimacy between consenting partners, including same-sex partners, as violating numerous rights guaranteed in the American Convention on Human Rights.

IHRP in The Globe

Friday, June 1, 2018

Canada’s government is looking to artificial intelligence to address issues with its immigration system, raising concerns of massive human-rights implications. This Globe and Mail article features excellent nuance from the IHRP’s digital rights researcher, Petra Molnar.

International coalition to intervene in Canada Supreme Court case on confidentiality of journalists’ sources

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A coalition of 12 press freedom and civil liberties groups from around the world, including the International Human Rights Program, will intervene in a VICE News case seeking to keep confidential conversations between its reporter Ben Makuch and a source from being turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). 

Open Letter on UN Human Rights Review of Canada

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The IHRP has joined 30 Indigenous peoples' organizations and civil society groups in calling on the federal government to ensure effective implementation of the important recommendations that have been made as part of Canada's universal periodic review before the UN Human Rights Council.


IHRP students contribute to the UN Special Rapporteur’s report on rights-based housing strategies

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, Lauren Pinder and Jeremy Greenberg assisted United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha in preparing her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. The report provides much needed guidance to governments at the national and sub-national level on what they must do in order to adhere to their human rights obligations, to implement the right to housing, and to combat pervasive inequality that has arisen from the treatment of housing as a commodity.

Prof. Audrey Macklin and IHRP director Samer Muscati write "Abdoul Abdi case: A test of Canada’s commitment to rules and compassion"

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, International Human Rights Program director Samer Muscati and Prof. Audrey Macklin analyze the case of Somalia-born but Canada-raised Abdoul Abdi, arguing that Canada should not deport him just because child-protection services never applied for citizenship for him while he spent his childhood under their care ("Abdoul Abdi case: A test of Canada’s commitment to rules and compassion," January 16, 2018).