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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Human Rights

Issue No. 37 - Minutes of Proceedings - December 12, 2018 (in camera)


OTTAWA, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights met in camera this day at 11:30 a.m., in room 9, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Bernard, Boyer, Brazeau, Cordy, Hartling and Pate (6).

In attendance: Jean-Philippe Duguay and Alexandra Smith, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament; Ben Silverman, Communications Officer, Senate Communications Directorate.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

It was agreed that senators' staff be permitted to remain in the room during the in camera meeting.

It was agreed that the committee allow the transcription/recording of the in camera meeting, that one copy be kept with the clerk of the committee for consultation by committee members and/or by the committee analysts, and that the transcript be destroyed by the clerk when authorized to do so by the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, but no later than at the end of this parliamentary session.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, September 20, 2018, the committee continued its study to examine and 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. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue. No. 34.) (Topic: The Human Rights Situation of the Rohingya)

At 11:30 a.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee considered a draft report.

It was agreed that the interim report on the human rights situation of Rohingya, as amended be adopted.

It was agreed that the chair be authorized to table the interim report in the Senate at the earliest opportunity.

It was agreed that the chair be authorized to request a complete and detailed response from the government.

It was agreed that the chair be authorized to approve the final format of the interim report.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, December 15, 2016, the committee continued its study on the issues relating to the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue. No. 14.)

At 11:53 a.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee considered a draft agenda (future business).

It was agreed that the chair be authorized to table the interim report on the human rights of federal prisoners in the correctional system in the Senate at the earliest opportunity.

At 12:55 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Barbara Reynolds
Clerk of the Committee