Filipina journalist’s Nobel Peace Prize highlights struggle for democracy

Filipina journalist Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize and her courageous reporting helps put a spotlight on the Philippine’s struggle for democracy and widespread criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte, Veronica Cusi writes.

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Islamophobia must remain top priority for Liberal government

Polls show most Canadians think racism is a problem in this country. While the Liberal government has taken certain positive steps toward addressing different kinds of racism, including Islamophobia, it needs to take more concrete action to cement itself as a leader and defender of human rights, not just domestically but globally, writes Reyhana Patel, the Islamic Relief Canada’s head of communications and government relations.

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‘Human Rights Defender’ Definition Needs to be More Inclusive: Advocates

A new government program is extending permanent residence to human rights defenders, but while advocates welcome the move, they say more flexibility needs to be offered to best meet the needs of those most at risk.

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Bill 21: Secularism is Not About Limiting Individual Freedoms

Quebec’s secularist Bill 21, which bans public workers from wearing religious symbols, dredges up memories of a similar ban France initiated in 2004. In 2004, the French government banned the display of “conspicuous” religious symbols…

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Activist Connects Loss of Culture to Climate Change

The world is still catching up to Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier. A year before being appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006, she presented a landmark legal petition to the Inter-American Council on…

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