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Web site supports Rights & Democracy work, against interference by feds

Former presidents line up to offer support for the human rights work of organization.

Mr. Beauregard was a highly respected human rights workerSupported by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), a web site called Rights & Democracy Movement is fighting back with information disseminating the current crisis in the organization. This initiative is also supported by four former presidents, The Honorable Ed Broadbent (1990-1996), The Honorable Warren Allmand (1997-2002), Jean-Louis Roy (2002-2007) and Jean-Paul Hubert (2007-2008). Mr. Broadbent has written about the crisis previously in Public Values. The last president of the organization, Rémy Beauregard, died in his sleep in February the night after a highly contentious board meeting, a board heavy with appointees of the current Conservative government.

Mr. Beauregard had been Director General of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and had participated in the creation of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies, and served as its first secretary general. In addition, he worked in collaboration with various UN agencies and civil society organizations to establish human rights institutions in many developing countries.

The mission statement of what they are calling themselves, Rights & Democracy Movement, says: "The current turmoil at Canada's flagship public agency for human rights and democratic development, Rights & Democracy, is stark evidence of the progressive deterioration of Canadian democracy. The time has come to stand up and be heard."

The site asks citizens to visit the site, join the petition and to write to various MPs as well as the Prime Minister.

Petition Statement:

We support the mandate of Rights & Democracy.

We call on Parliament to exercise its powers and insist that the government cease its interference in the orientation and operations of arm's-length agencies like Rights & Democracy.

We reaffirm the importance of civil society organizations in defending human rights in Canada and beyond our borders. We are proud of the important work done by these organizations in promoting and defending human rights internationally, and we want Canada to continue to defend and promote a broad vision of human rights here and around the world.

Links and sources
  Rights & Democracy Movement support web site
  Rights & Democracy Movement petition, action page

Posted: March 24, 2010

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