On Human Rights Day, the United Nations Association of Canada joined other non-governmental organizations in calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to strengthen global efforts to stop torture. The letter was crafted and managed by Amnesty International and was signed by non-governmental organizations from across the country. In particular, the letter calls on PM Harper to ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on Torture, which aims to establish national and international systems for inspecting detention centres.
As the letter states, the Optional Protocal “seeks to pierce the shroud of secrecy that allows torture to continue at such alarming rates around the world. Amnesty International has documented torture in 141 countries in the last five years.”
For more information on the open letter, see the following link: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/media-advisories/canada-must-take-action-to-strengthen-global-efforts-to-end-torture-say-ngos