Promoting and protecting human rights

Canadians expect their government to be a leader in human rights by reflecting and promoting Canadian values on the international stage. The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada's efforts abroad.

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See the Government of Canada’s international development projects in the area of human rights.

Canada's approach

Canada works with a broad range of partners at home and abroad to champion the values of inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity and human rights, including the rights of women and refugees.

Canada is a respected member of the United Nations, where we have supported and helped shape key human rights initiatives, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the Commonwealth, La Francophonie, the Organization of American States, and other international bodies to which we belong, we are recognized as a world leader for our efforts to promote and protect human rights.

Our embassies, high commissions, and other missions abroad work with local partners and stakeholders on questions of human rights in their host countries, and Canadian ministers and officials regularly discuss human rights issues with their foreign counterparts at all levels.

Promoting and protecting human rights is a goal for Canada's international aid. Through local and international non-profit agencies, we support projects around the world that uphold human rights and protect the victims of human rights violations and abuses. Canada helps other states meet their human rights commitments through direct support for the development of democratic institutions and practices, legal and administrative training, and other efforts.

Human rights in action

Strong Women – Strong World: Women’s rights and empowerment

Gender equality is not only a human rights issue, but is also an essential component of sustainable development, social justice, peace, and security.

Press Freedom

Canada strongly believes that freedom of expression is the core of human individuality and is one of the essential foundations of a safe and prosperous society.

Taking action to end child, early forced marriage

Child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) is a widespread and harmful practice that threatens the lives and futures of girls around the world, with devastating consequences.

Promoting and protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons

Canada is a staunch supporter of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons at home and abroad.

Restoring the lives of human trafficking survivors in Ukraine

The promise of a high paying job in another country can lure people into the trap of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Latrines and tippy taps help more girls attend school in Ghana

In many communities in Ghana, the lack of adequate latrines, hand-washing facilities and feminine hygiene products keeps girls from attending school during menstruation.

Raising voices for women and girls

Extreme poverty leaves young girls and women at risk of sexual and gender-based violence.

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