UN raises con­cerns about anti-terror bill

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — The United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Com­mit­tee raised con­cerns Thurs­day about Canada’s new anti-terror leg­is­la­tion, say­ing it could run afoul of the In­ter­na­tional Covenant on Civil and Po­lit­i­cal rights. The com­mit­tee said sweep­ing pow­ers in the law, known as C-51, may not con­tain enough le­gal safe­guards to pro­tect peo­ple’s rights. In par­tic­u­lar, it is rais­ing doubts about el­e­ments of the leg­is­la­tion that ex­pand the man­date of the Cana­dian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice, the new in­for­ma­tion shar­ing regime be­tween se­cu­rity agen­cies and the changes to the no-fly pro­gram. “The Com­mit­tee takes note of the State party’s need to adopt mea­sures to com­bat acts of ter­ror­ism, in­clud­ing the for­mu­la­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tion to pre­vent such act,” it writes in its re­port, re­leased Thurs­day in Geneva fol­low­ing the regularly-sched­uled re­view of Canada’s com­pli­ance with the covenant.

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