Monday, June 18, 2012
Once again the useless un criticizes Canada. Apparently its safer to criticize Canada and the hotels are better here. Ottawa scoffs at UN rights chief’s criticism of Quebec protest law MIKE BLANCHFIELD OTTAWA — The Canadian Press Published Monday, Jun. 18 2012, 4:00 PM EDT Last updated Monday, Jun. 18 2012, 4:04 PM EDT Jean Charest’s Liberals and Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were united Monday in their condemnation of a United Nations agency for criticism of Quebec’s Bill 78. It is the second direct spat between the federal government and a branch of the UN within a month. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday she was disappointed by the controversial Quebec law. The bill sets rules for gatherings of more than 50 people, requiring organizers to provide eights hours’ notice of the itinerary and length of the event. Ms. Pillay expressed her opinion of the Quebec law in a single paragraph of a long speech in Geneva during which she lamented rights violations in places such as North Korea, Zimbabwe and South Sudan. “Moves to restrict freedom of assembly in many parts of the world are alarming,” she said. “In the context of student protests, I am disappointed by the new legislation passed in Quebec that restricts their rights to freedom of association and of peaceful assembly.” Quebec Premier Jean Charest said the criticism from the Geneva-based agency was rich considering that city has much tougher protest laws.