Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Human Rights Day

"Mr. Speaker, today we celebrate Human Rights Day, which is an opportunity for the international community to reaffirm its commitment to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its desire to eliminate torture once and for all.


This year’s theme is "End torture now!" The Bloc Québécois is very concerned about the Conservative government’s attitude towards human rights, particularly when it comes to Afghan prisoners. It originally denied allegations of torture, then it hid reports, and in the end, it reluctantly admitted that there was a possibility the prisoners were tortured.


In November, Amnesty International actually expressed its doubts about Canada’s willingness to get to the bottom of these allegations of torture. On top of that, this government will not call for a moratorium on the death penalty at the UN.


My Bloc Québécois colleagues and I are very worried."