During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on migrants, 2006
Received Sub-Committee visit
Canada presented voluntary commitments and pledges in support of its candidature for membership on the Council for the period of 2006-2009 on 10 April 2006.
Canada pledged to: help build an efficient and effective Council; ensure that the Council responds appropriately to human rights violations; contribute to the institution-building process; promote the involvement of NGOs, NHRIs and civil society in the work of the Council; support the system of Special Procedures and maintain a Standing Invitation to visit; support OHCHR including through the provision of un-earmarked voluntary contributions; pursue international cooperation programmes on human rights; submit periodic reports to Treaty Bodies in a timely manner; support the reform of the Treaty Body system; and consider ratifying OP-CAT.
An analysis of steps taken by Canada in fulfilment of its international level commitments shows that it is still to ratify the OP-CAT. In terms of support for Council efforts to respond to violations, Canada did, as a member, consistently support Council action under item 4. Regarding cooperation with Special Procedures, Canada maintains a Standing Invitation, has facilitated 10 out of 18 visit requests, and has responded to nearly all communications. Canada has shown a strong commitment to the UPR, participating in the reviews of 182 other states during the first cycle. Regarding cooperation with Treaty Bodies, four of Canada’s periodic reports were submitted late, and one is currently overdue (CERD – 1 month). Canada has continued to make voluntary financial contributions to OHCHR.