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Under Resolution 60/251 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, the 192 UN member states have accepted a universal periodic review of compliance of their domestic policy with international human rights law.

Canada was the 51st state to be subject to the review, which proved to be a severe test for our country. The Human Rights Council’s findings do not paint a flattering portrait of the way the rest of the world perceives Canadian human rights policies and practices.

The Council’s review involves submissions by the country in question, an interactive dialogue with the country, and then recommendations made to it. In Canada’s case, there were 68 recommendations, compared with an average of 35 for the 50 countries that preceded it. Few states received such a long list covering so many areas.

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