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).

Ontario Should Revise Discriminatory Policy Against Refugee Drivers

Monday, December 11, 2017

Allow experienced drivers from war-torn countries to skip driving-test waiting period similar to other newcomers in Ontario

Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes, and Consequences

Friday, November 3, 2017

The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, with research support from the IHRP’s law student Chelsey Legge,  has penned a submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes, and consequences, Dr. Dubravka Šimonović, in preparation for her report to the Human Rights Council in June 2018.

Just released: Digital Verification Corps Student Summit report

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law and Amnesty International hosted the first Digital Verification Corps student summit in June 2017. Participants included students from UC Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Essex, University of Pretoria and University of Toronto as well as leading open source experts from around the world.

UN Review Should Urge Canada To Reform Immigration Detention System

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A United Nations review of Canada’s human rights record should urge Canada to make concrete commitments to meaningfully address its treatment of vulnerable persons in immigration detention, the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law (IHRP) said today. 

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