Written largely by Canadian scholars for Canadian readers, this overview of contemporary human rights concerns introduces the human rights instruments-provincial, national, and international-which protect Canadians. The volume begins with an outline of the history of human rights before moving on to discuss such important topics as the relationship between political institutions and rights protection, rights issues pertaining to specific communities, and cross-cutting rights issues that affect most or all citizens. Contemporary and comprehensive, Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about human rights.
Gordon DiGiacomo obtained his doctorate in political science in 2010 from Carleton University. Most of his career, prior to entering the academic world in 2003, was devoted to working on issues pertaining to labour rights. His introduction to rights and rights instruments came in the early 1980s when, like other ministerial assistants at the time, he was engaged in the promotion of a constitutionally entrenched charter of rights for Canadians. Among the courses he teaches at the University of Ottawa is the Politics of Human Rights.
Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction Gordon DiGiacomo Part One 1. The Evolution of Human Rights Protection in Canada Brooke Jeffrey 2. The Genesis and Evolution of the Postwar Human Rights Project Roland Burke and James Kirby Part Two 3. Political Institutions and the Protection of Human Rights Gordon DiGiacomo 4. Federalism and Rights: The Case of the United States, with Comparative Perspectives John Kincaid 5. Human Rights NGOs David Zarnett Part Three 6. Temporary Migrant Workers in Canada: Protecting and Extending Labour Rights Tanya Basok 7. Children's Rights: Their Role, Significance, and Potential Tara Collins and Christine Gervais 8. Age, Age Discrimination, and Ageism Thomas R. Klassen 9. Aboriginal Rights: The Right to Self-Government versus the Right to Self-Determination Gordon DiGiacomo and Tracie Scott 10. DisAbling Human Rights? Moving from Rights to Access and Inclusion in Daily Life Deborah Stienstra 11. The Politics of Women's Rights Caroline Andrew 12. "All Manner of Wickedness Abounds": Reconciling Queer Rights and Religious Rights Karen Busby 13. The Arab Spring and Human Rights: Discarding the Old Cliches Mahmood Monshipouri and Kelley O'Dell 14. Freedom of Religion: A Change in Perspective? Melanie Adrian Part Four 15. Whither Economic and Social Rights? Assessing the Position of Economic and Social Rights in the Neoliberal, Post-Crisis Context Susan Kang and Jennifer Rutledge 16. Business and Human Rights: Challenges in Accessing Remedy and Justice Sara Seck and Kirsten Stefanik 17. Human Rights and Climate Change Sam Adelman 18. Human Rights and Security: Reflections on an Integral Relation Trevor Purvis 19. Now You See Me: Privacy, Technology, and Autonomy in the Digital Age Valerie Steeves Concluding Discussion: The Effectiveness of Rights Instruments Gordon DiGiacomo Appendix 1: International Human Rights Treaties Appendix 2: Simulation Exercise Glossary Index