Human Rights Internet (HRI) and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) of the University of Ottawa are proud to launch a new online resource today: the International Human Rights and Canada Database (IHRCanadaDb).
The database is a tool without parallel. It houses over 600 official documents, separated into three categories: instruments that are binding under international law (conventions/treaties); non-binding instruments, such as declarations of international organisations; and international monitoring documents, including jurisprudence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations treaty bodies, which oversee Canada’s compliance with its international human rights obligations. It includes official documents that set out international human rights standards and information about Canada’s official position vis-à-vis international human rights instruments.
Providing free access to such information, in both English and French, HRI and HRREC hope that the database will create greater understanding of international human rights and how they apply to Canada, and foster dialogue on Canada’s implementation of its international human rights obligations and commitments. This powerful tool can also contribute to educational efforts in human rights related subjects and provide a foundation for informed human rights advocacy.
The IHRCanadaDb will be of immediate use for jurists, officials, researchers, scholars, teachers, advocates, community representatives and anyone interested in international human rights now applicable in Canada.
The database will be revised and updated on an ongoing basis through the Human Rights Clinic at HRREC, to ensure it remains a viable and useful resource for years to come.