Canada's commitment to human rights is slipping and the country must work hard to regain the position it once held as an international honest broker, a top United Nations official said on Monday.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who is Canadian, said she was particularly unhappy that Canada had voted against a nonbinding U.N. declaration of rights for indigenous peoples last month.Her comments were aimed at the Conservative government, which took power in February 2006 and has shown less interest in multilateral diplomacy than its Liberal predecessor.
Amazing that there's lots of money and hot air for "humanitarian intervention" in Afghanistan (really sucking up to the U.S.) while the terrible conditions some aboriginal people in Canada live in are completely ignored, and their basic rights are voted against in a U.N. resolution by the Canadian delegate. They make us all look like fools.
There's outrage against human rights violations in Burma and concern for the Falun Gong in China, but not a word against the slaughter in Iraq or Bush's obscene push towards a war with Iran.