Cuba, Iran criticize Canada's human rights record as UN panel calls for review of violence on aboriginal women

National Post

Cuba, Iran, Belarus and Russia used a United Nations body Thursday to criticize Canada’s human rights record, as the Canadian envoy rejected calls to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against aboriginal women.

Canada was responding Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council, which is conducting its Universal Periodic Review of Canada’s rights record, on a wide range of issues from poverty, immigration and the criminal justice system.

Countries have their rights records reviewed every four years by the Geneva-based UN forum, but the Harper government has been skeptical in part because it allows countries with dubious rights records to criticize Canada.

On Thursday, that happened again.

Cuba said it deplored Canada’s rejection of one of its human-rights recommendations, while Iran took Canada to task for rejecting four that it had made.

Canada is proud of its human-rights record

Belarus blasted Canada for not doing enough to combat…

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