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Five years after Ipperwash inquiry, concerns persist about police responses to native protests

Alex Neve, Toronto Star, Sat May 19 2012

A prominent human rights body meeting in Geneva is asking questions about the way police in Ontario respond to native land rights protests.

Graphic of Ipperwash protesters by Zig Zag.

This week, Canada makes its regular report before the United Nations Committee against Torture — the independent expert body that oversees the international human rights treaty for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. The committee has asked Canadian representatives to explain why recommendations that came out of the landmark Ipperwash inquiry into policing and aboriginal protests in Ontario have not been implemented. Standards for police use of force, police accountability and respect for the right to protest are all matters protected in international human rights law. Read the rest of this entry