Human Rights – February 19, 2015

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Human Rights – February 19, 2015

The committee conducts its clause-by-clause consideration of a bill (S-201) to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination. The purpose of Senate Opposition Leader James Cowan’s bill is to enable Canadians to have genetic testing without fear they will be vulnerable to genetic discrimination by insurance companies and others.
Senators then resume their study on how the UNHCR and UNICEF address the needs of displaced children in conflict situations and hear from two political science professors via videconference. Joel E. Oestreich discusses his research on how UNICEF approaches the integration of human rights into the work it does.
Mike McBride focuses on UNHCR’s mandate with a particular reference to children. He has been a consultant on policy issues with the agency for about twenty years, but is speaking in a private capacity at the meeting. (February 19, 2015)