RCMP and CSIS treat peaceful protest actions and questioning the Harper Government as ‘forms of attack’, label activists involved “national security threats”, documents reveal.
by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:
RCMP Officers Monitor Peaceful Occupy Activity on Parliament Hill, Sept 2012
The Harper Government is intensifying its attacks on environmental and other activist movements in Canada, according to documents released under freedom of information laws, the Guardian (UK) reports. For the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s national police force and chief spy agency, respectively, monitoring environmental activists and labeling them a “threat to national security”, has become the “new normal”.
“Security and police agencies have been increasingly conflating terrorism and extremism with peaceful citizens exercising their democratic rights to organise petitions, protest and question government policies,” the Guardian reports.
Ensure Accountability for Police Misconduct, Indigenous Women’s Safety
By Human Rights Watch (Press Release)| Feb. 13, 2013:
VANCOUVER – Comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) on February 14, 2013, fail to address the core issue of a lack of security that prevents indigenous women and girls from filing complaints of police abuse, Human Rights Watch said today.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons that Human Rights Watch and others should “just get on and do it”– provide detailed information to the police so that they can investigate allegations of police mistreatment described in a Human Rights Watch report on police mistreatment of indigenous women and girls in northern British Columbia. His comment ignores the lack of meaningful accountability for police misconduct and fear of police retaliation that prevents indigenous women and girls from reporting mistreatment, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch report accuses Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers of excessive force, and physical and sexual assault of Aboriginal women and girls in northern British Columbia.
By Human Rights Watch | Feb. 13, 2013:
Vigil for missing and murdered Aboriginal women on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, October, 2012
OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern British Columbia has failed to protect indigenous women and girls from violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Women and girls Human Rights Watch interviewed also described abusive treatment by police officers, including excessive use of force, and physical and sexual assault.
The 89-page report, “Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada,” documents both ongoing police failures to protect indigenous women and girls in the north from violence and violent behavior by police officers against women and girls.