Vancouver, B.C. – June 26, 2012 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) announced the launch of a task force to examine Canada’s human rights policy towards Asia. The task force met for the first time today in Vancouver
Promoting human rights in Asia remains an important priority for many Canadians. According to APF Canada’s 2012 National Opinion Poll of Canadian Views on Asia, 66% of Canadians believe the promotion of human rights in Asia should be a priority for the government.
The mandate of the task force is to produce recommendations on human rights policy to support effective and sustainable Canadian engagement with Asian countries. Over the next several months, the task force will hold a series of consultations across Canada with representatives from business, government and non-governmental organizations to explore human rights issues relevant to the Canada-Asia relationship.
This task force is part of APF Canada’s initiative, the National Conversation on Asia (NCA). The NCA is a broad and inclusive initiative to get Canadians thinking and talking about what Asia means to Canada. Task forces have also been established to investigate the issue of energy cooperation with Asia and Asian regional architecture.
Members of the task force include: Pitman Potter (Chair), Professor of Law and HSBC Chair in Asian Research, University of British Columbia; Doug Horswill, Senior Vice President, Teck Resources Limited; Joe Ingram, President and CEO of the North-South Institute; Robert Wright, Former Canadian Ambassador to Japan (2001-2005) and China (2005-2009); Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China and Professor of Law Emerita, City University of New York, School of Law.
About APF Canada
The Asia Pacific Foundation is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada’s transpacific relations.
About the National Conversation on Asia
The National Conversation on Asia is a Canada-wide initiative to get Canadians thinking and talking about what Asia means to Canada. It includes a public education and policy development focus. This initiative is generously supported in part by our Founding Partners: Teck, Shell Canada, Manulife Financial and BMO Financial Group; Founding Sponsors: HSBC Bank Canada and Port Metro Vancouver; and Founding Supporters: Port of Halifax, Fiera Capital, Deloitte, Vancouver Airport Authority, Husky Energy, Canadian Pacific, TELUS, Cameco and Blakes.
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