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May 27, 2015—Security and Human Rights

May 27, 2015—Security and Human Rights

In the interests of ensuring an open democracy, the Senate Liberal Caucus has committed itself to holding open door meetings on the important topics of the day. Expert panelists are invited to speak, and all Canadians, media and fellow parliamentarians are invited to listen and be a part of the discussion that follows.


On morning of May 27th the Senate Liberal Caucus invited an expert panel of witnesses to discuss the delicate balance between Human Rights and Security. The October attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu thrust the issue of security back into the spotlight and have reinvigorated the debate on how to best balance security needs with human rights in Canada. We aimed to discuss how Canada can best defend against threats here at home while at the same time ensuring the rights and freedoms of all Canadians are upheld.

Speakers included:

  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Paul Cavalluzzo, lead commission counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar
  • Ziyaad Mia, Toronto lawyer active in Human Rights & National Security, Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, member of the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association
  • Wesley Wark, Professor, International Relations Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

May 27th, 2015
9:30am – 11:30am
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Room 160-S


To listen to the audio of this meeting please choose one of the options below:

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