Hamilton police charge man with harassment and extortion of woman

A 41-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was extorted and repeatedly harassed by someone she met online.George Condy, of Port Elgin, is charged with criminal harassment as well as four counts of extortion related to incidents involving a woman he allegedly met on an online dating site. Police say between March 2015 and February 2018, a woman received thousands of text messages and emails from the man. They say he used an alias to continually harass the woman and threaten to ruin her life. Police allege Condy also threatened to send personal information about the victim to her family, friends and employer if she did not speak with him. Hamilton police detectives with the assistance of the Hamilton Police Tech Crime Unit and the Saugeen Shores Police executed a search warrant in Port Elgin on Tuesday and arrested Condy.Cell phones and computers were also seized from the home by officers.Police are asking anyone with further information call Detective Chambers or Detective Constable Mendes at 905-546-3817. read more

Top UN rights body adopts measures on civil and political rights indigenous

The Commission on Human Rights began its work today hearing an address from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who stressed that human rights – whether civil, political, economic, social or cultural – were universal, and by forging unity and determination in their defence, the Geneva-based body could set an example of common progress for the broader international community. Mr. Annan urged the Commission to take a proactive approach if the wider agenda for human rights was to be realized everywhere.The Commission then took action on draft resolutions under its agenda items on civil and political rights, indigenous issues, and specific groups and individuals – a category relating to the rights of migrants, minorities, displaced persons and other vulnerable groups or individuals. On specific groups, it unanimously adopted a measure on human rights and mass exoduses, calling upon States to ensure effective protection of refugees and to ensure safe, unhindered access by humanitarian workers to displaced populations. Concerning civil and political rights, the Commission adopted, by a roll-call vote of 37 in favour, none against, and with 16 abstentions, a resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions which stressed the importance of States taking effective measures to end impunity with regard to such acts. The text also called on all States in which the death penalty had not been abolished to comply with their obligations as assumed under relevant provisions of international human rights instruments. A resolution on the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance, approved by a vote of 51 in favour, none opposed, and 2 abstentions, urged States to take all necessary action to combat hatred, intolerance and acts of violence, coercion and intimidation motivated by intolerance based on religion or belief; and to recognize the right of all persons to worship or assemble in connection with a religion or belief. The Commission approved five resolutions on indigenous issues, including, after extensive debate, a measure endorsing the decision of its Sub-Commission to appoint Erica-Irene A. Daes, as Special Rapporteur to undertake a study on indigenous people’s permanent sovereignty over natural resources. That text was adopted in a recorded vote of 34 in favour and 8 against, with 10 abstentions.By another roll-call vote of 34 in favour, to 15 against with 4 abstentions, the Commission adopted a resolution on the Working Group on indigenous populations in which it noted that the respective mandates of the Working Group, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people of the Commission were complementary and did not give rise to duplication. The Commission also adopted without vote a resolution on human rights and indigenous issues requesting the relevant Special Rapporteur to request, receive and exchange information on violations of the human rights of indigenous people, wherever they occurred. In another unanimous decision, it recommended that the Working Group of the Commission elaborate a draft declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples to meet for 10 working days prior to the sixtieth session of the Commission. The Commission also recommended that the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOSC) authorize the Working Group of indigenous populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights to meet for five working days prior to the fifty-fifth session of the Sub-Commission. read more