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Canada grants asylum for Saudi teen who fled family: UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s desperate and ultimately successful bid for asylum in the face of alleged death-threats from her own family, provides a “glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday.

‘We can’t build strong relationships if we refuse to have conversations,’ Canada’s Trudeau says at UN

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today with condolences for those affected by recent successive natural disasters, including the earthquakes in Mexico and hurricanes in the Caribbean, saying his country is ready to a “lend a helping hand in whatever way it can.”

UN expert panel warns of systemic anti-Black racism in Canada’s criminal justice system

A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed serious concerns about systemic anti-Black racism in the criminal justice system in Canada.

Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability ‘cruel treatment’ – UN experts

After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support.

UN experts voice concern over increase in unsentenced detainees in Canada

While generally praising the rule of law in Canada, a team of United Nations human rights experts voiced “great concern” at the fact that there are now more persons deprived of their liberty awaiting trial or sentencing, at any one time, than there are persons actually serving a sentence in detention, following national sentencing reform.

Annan calls for the creation of UN adviser on prevention of genocide

As the 10-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide approaches, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today proposed the establishment of a Special Rapporteur or Adviser on the prevention of genocide.

Annan slated to spotlight challenge of development in upcoming Canada trip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will spotlight the need to place development at the centre of the global agenda during a two-day tour of Canada starting on Monday.

Canada gives UNICEF $66 million for vital child health programmes

Canada has given the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $66 million in Canadian dollars in support of vital immunization and vitamin A distribution programmes that will save the lives of millions of youngsters in the poorest countries.