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International human rights

Learn how Canada promotes and protects human rights and reflects Canadian values on the international stage.


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Promoting human rights

Our human rights commitments, performance, treaties, and reporting.

Canada helping women and girls around the world

Gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and the promotion and protection of their human rights.

Children and youth

Global action to improve the well-being and empowerment of children and youth in developing countries.

International indigenous human rights

Get information on initiatives focusing on international Indigenous issues.

The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, 2-spirit and intersex persons

How we advocate to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

Initiative against arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations

Learn more about how Canada is leading the fight against arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations.

Freedom of religion or belief

How we support the protection and promotion of religious freedom around the world.

Human rights defenders

Human rights defenders are key in protecting and promoting human rights and strengthening the rule of law.

Refugees and migrants

Find out how Canada supports refugees, how Canadian citizens can help and how to apply for refugee status in Canada.

Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities

Supporting the rights of persons with disabilities through international development assistance activities.

Climate change and human rights

Climate change is a shared global problem with significant impacts on the economy, development, and security.

Freedom of expression and media freedom

Learn about the actions Canada is taking to protect and support freedom of expression and media freedom.

Human rights and inclusion in online and digital contexts

Learn how Canada is committed to the same rights for people both online and offline.

Preserving Holocaust remembrance and combatting antisemitism

Learn about Canada’s efforts to advance Holocaust education, remembrance and research, and to combat antisemitism.

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