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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Human Rights

Second Session, Forty-first Parliament, 2013-14

Chair: The Honourable MOBINA S. B. JAFFER


Monday, June 2, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014

Issue No. 10

Third and fourth meetings on:

Examine and report on how the mandates and practices of the UNHCR and UNICEF have evolved to meet the needs of displaced children in modern conflict situations, with particular attention to the current crisis in Syria

Seventh and eighth meetings on:

Study the international mechanisms toward improving cooperation in the settlement of cross-border family disputes, including Canada's actions to encourage universal adherence to and compliance with the Hague Abductions Convention, and to strengthen cooperation with non-Hague State Parties with the purpose of upholding children's best interests

Sixth meeting on:

Monitor issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada's international and national human rights obligations

INCLUDING:
THE SEVENTH REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE
(Women, Peace and Security)

THE EIGHTH REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE
(Special Study Budget (UNHCR and UNICEF regarding the needs of children in conflict situations) 2014- 2015)


WITNESSES

Monday, June 2, 2014

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:

Furio De Angelis, Representative in Canada.

Hague Conference on Private International Law:

Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General.

UNICEF Headquarters: (by video conference)

Yasmin Haque, Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Programmes;

François Ducharme, Emergency Specialist, Office of Emergency Programmes.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Save the Children Canada:

Cristy McLennan, Senior Adviser, Humanitarian and Emergency Response (by video conference).

As an individual:

Andrew J. Tabler, Senior Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (by video conference).

CARE Canada:

Jessie Thomson, Director, Humanitarian Assistance.


MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

The Honourable Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Chair

The Honourable Salma Ataullahjan, Deputy Chair

and

The Honourable Senators:

Ataullahjan, *Carignan, P.C. (or Martin), *Cowan (or Fraser), Eggleton, P.C., Hubley, Ngo, Seidman, Unger

* Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)

Changes in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 12-5, membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The Honourable Senator Hubley replaced the Honourable Senator Munson (June 3, 2014).

The Honourable Senator Munson replaced the Honourable Senator Hubley (May 30, 2014).