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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Human Rights

First Session, Forty-second Parliament, 2015-16-17

Chair: The Honourable JIM MUNSON

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (in camera)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017

Issue No. 20

Fourteenth meeting:

Study on the issues relating to the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system


Second and third meetings:

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


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rohingya Association of Canada:

Anwar Arkani, President.

Justice for All — Burmese Task Force:

Ahmed Ramadan, Outreach Coordinator.

High Commission for the People's Republic of Bangladesh:

His Excellency Mizanur Rahman, High Commissioner;

Nayem Uddin Ahmed, Minister.

Amnesty International Canada:

Alex Neve, Secretary General.

Human Rights Watch:

Farida Deif, Canada Director.

Inter Pares:

Kevin Malseed, Program Manager, Burma.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Canadian Burma Ethnic Nationalities Organization:

Zaw Wai Kyaw, Founding President and Coordinator;

Pri Lwan, Secretary.

Fortify Rights:

Matthew Smith, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (by video conference).

Global Affairs Canada:

Don Bobiash, Assistant Deputy Minister, Asia Pacific;

Ian Burchett, Director General, Southeast Asia;

Stephen Salewicz, Director General, International Humanitarian Assistance Operations;

Robert McDougall, Executive Director, South Asia;

François Lafrenière, Director, Myanmar and Philippines Development Division.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:

Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Canada.


The Honourable Jim Munson, Chair

The Honourable Salma Ataullahjan, Deputy Chair


The Honourable Senators:

Andreychuk, Bernard, Eaton, *Harder, P.C. (or Bellemare), Hartling, Martin, McPhedran, Ngo, Omidvar, Pate, *Smith (or Martin)

*Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)

Changes in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 12-5 and to the order of the Senate of December 7, 2016, membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Bovey (June 14, 2017).