UN group criticizes Canada for holding unsentenced detainees

[JURIST] A UN panel has expressed "great concern" at the increase in unsentenced detainees in Canadian prisons following recent federal sentencing reform [Justice Canada backgrounder]. There are currently in Canada more incarcerated persons awaiting trial or sentencing than there are persons actually serving a sentence. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] visited 13 detention centers across the country, spoke with government officials and representatives of non-governmental agencies, and interviewed approximately 150 detainees. The Group will present its final report, detailing its 15-day trip [UN press release] to Canada, to the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] in Geneva next March. UN News Centre has more.

 

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