CANADA’S human rights situation has been getting worse by the day.
The country’s ruling party has made it harder for the LGBT community to find employment, get married, or enter into any form of legal relationships.
And China is taking a heavy-handed approach to clamping down on dissent, especially online.
But there’s one big exception in Canada: Canada is one of only a handful of countries in the world that is a member of the Council of Europe, a group of nations that has a special clause that guarantees human rights.
It was established in 1975 to protect countries that have been threatened by communism, and has since become a cornerstone of international law.
For decades, the group has been the sole arbiter of international human rights standards, including those that apply to all human beings, not just those in China.
But after the 2014 human rights council vote that banned anti-LGBT laws, Canada’s position on the issue was in flux.
Then, in November 2015, Canada ratified the human rights treaty, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
This treaty, which covers almost every aspect of human rights, was written in 1948 by the United Nations and adopted by the 193-member organization in 1955.
Its mandate is to protect “the basic human rights of the human person,” and it was adopted as a legally binding instrument in 1961.
While Canada is part of the UN, it doesn’t have full membership.
But it is a signatory to several other treaties and conventions.
In a statement on the ratification, the Canadian government acknowledged that Canada’s membership in the council was not sufficient to guarantee the protections of the international covenant.
In fact, the country was also one of the countries that failed to ratify the treaty, because of concerns about the U.S. veto.
“It is in Canada’s interest that the United States be made aware of the strong and growing global trend toward an open and tolerant global society, in which all persons are treated with respect and dignity,” the statement said.
“This must be done to preserve the values of the United Kingdom and of Canada.”
And, in response to criticism, the government added that it “continues to support the Council in its efforts to promote human rights in all its forms.”
Canada, though, is the only country outside of the U, S, and N to have signed the covenant.
So what’s the big deal?
In many ways, it’s easy to dismiss Canada’s decision to join the covenant as a blip.
It’s not the first time Canada has done so, and it hasn’t been the last.
Since its creation in 1948, the council has been a constant source of tension between the United Sates and the Soviet Union.
Canada is still a member, and its treaty obligations are enforced, but it’s a new and much weaker member, compared to the U., S, or N. Canada has also been one of those countries that has taken the lead in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
But its membership in both the United nations and the United states has also increased.
In the past, the US. would actively veto the human right treaties it saw as hostile to its own interests.
In 2011, for instance, Canada voted to block the UN Human Rights Council’s draft treaty that would have enshrined gender equality.
But since then, Canada has been willing to take a lead in helping other countries to pass their own human rights agreements.
For example, in 2015, the federal government passed a law allowing private businesses to refuse service to LGBT people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
In 2017, the Liberals also introduced legislation that would provide protections for transgender Canadians.
These laws have helped the LGBT rights movement, which had previously been marginalized in Canada, advance.
While the LGBT people in Canada have always faced a lot of obstacles, the new law has been lauded by many in the LGBT communities.
“I don’t think the human race has ever had more LGBT people than now,” said Shari Feldman, a senior research fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for the Study of Socio-Political Systems.
“People are so willing to go to these lengths.”
Canada’s human-rights record has been in sharp decline for decades, and in the past few years, a number of other countries have joined the council.
And while many countries are now taking an increasing role in human rights around the world, Canada remains a country that’s lagging behind.
“Canada is a very good example of how a country can take a position that makes sense in a country and then act on it,” said Jeffrey Tinsley, an expert on LGBT rights at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
“If we were really good about protecting the human people, we’d be a leader.”
But Canada’s record hasn’t always been this strong.
After the UN’s adoption of the covenant, Canada became a signer.
The new treaty, however, didn’t