Last May, Canada had it’s third Universal Periodic Review at the UN. The UPR is a UN human rights process where each country’s human rights record is reviewed by other UN member states.
Action Canada worked in partnership with the Sexual Rights Initiative and the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform to prepare a report highlighting human rights violations as they relate to unequal abortion access, lack of comprehensive sexuality education and the criminalization of sex work to ensure these issues would be addressed in Canada’s review.
Member states have called up on Canada to take steps to address unequal access to abortion and comprehensive sexuality education across all provinces and territories, two of the three issues our report focused on. And today, Canada announced it would be accepting both these recommendations!
Although we remain disappointed that the Government of Canada continues to ignore its promise to repeal sex work laws, we will now get to work on holding the government accountable not only the accepted recommendations but on ALL issues in the next four years.
Click below to read our full statement made at the UN’s 39th Human Rights Council.UPR Canada Statement AC and Alliance-Alliance