Eight Members of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights visited Canada from 29 October to 2 November.

After the visit, the Chair of the Subcommittee Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT) made the following statement:

“Our delegation visited Canada to have an exchange on human rights challenges and to learn more about the human rights situation of indigenous peoples (IP), notably in the light of Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to reset the government’s relationship with Canada’s indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Metis).

Canada is a longstanding and like-minded partner of the EU in the area of human rights. Both sides are strongly committed to multilateralism and have established a close cooperation in international fora such as the UN Human Rights Council. Our will is to further deepen this cooperation and we concluded with our Canadian counterpart, the International Human Rights Committee of the House of Commons, to establish parliamentary cooperation between our committees, including possible actions to obtain the release of the imprisoned Saudi blogger and Sakharov laureate Raif Badawi. Read More

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