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On the side of the angels : Canada and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights / Andrew S. Thompson ; with a foreword by Alex Neve.


"When it comes to upholding human rights both at home and abroad, many Canadians believe that have always been "on the side of the angels." This book tells the story of Canada's contributions--both good and bad--to the development and advancement of international human rights law at the Commission on Human Rights from 1946 to 2006. In it, Canada's reputation is examined through its involvement in a number of contentious human rights issues--political, civil, racial, women's, and Indigenous. An in-depth historical overview of six decades of Canadian engagement within the UN human rights system, this book offers new insights into the nuances, complexities, and contradictions of Canada's human rights policies."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780774835039
  • ISBN: 0774835036
  • ISBN: 9780774835046
  • Physical Description: xvi, 193 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver ; UBC Press, 2017.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Ideologies, interests, and the "impracticalities" of international human rights law, 1946-54 -- Tackling racial discrimination, 1963-65 -- Tehran and the struggle for control of the UN human rights agenda, 1967 68 -- Gross violations and the foxes that guard the hen house, 1975-79 -- The rights of indigenous peoples, 1982-84 -- Apartheid and the perils of casting stones, 1989-93 -- Equality rights and the prohibition of violence against women, 1991-94 -- Mass insecurity and the demise of the commission, 1995 2006.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Issued also in electronic format.
Subject: United Nations. Commission on Human Rights.
United Nations > Canada.
Human rights.
Human rights > Canada.

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