Sassy Wire:Canada will be put in the company of
some of the world’s worst abusers of human rights tomorrow when the UN’s
highest human rights official expresses “alarm” over Quebec’s new law
on demonstrations during her opening address to a meeting of the
47-nation UN Human Rights Council, revealed the Geneva-based monitoring
group UN Watch, which obtained an advance copy of her speech. Other
states on the UN watchlist include Syria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
“Moves to restrict freedom of assembly continue to alarm me, as is
the case in the province of Quebec in Canada in the context of students’
protests,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will say
tomorrow, according to her draft speech.
The rights czar reserves her sharpest language for Canada. While
Pillay cites only two other countries in the world for restrictions on
freedom of assembly—expressing “concern” about Russia, and “deep
concern” for Eritrea—only Canada provokes her far stronger “alarm.”