Human Rights Watch

Posted: March 4, 2013 by karanjitdulay in RCMP Accountability and Oversight

           Human Rights Watch is a group that has been working for over 30 years, providing the protection of human rights all around the world (Human Rights Watch, 2013). The Human Rights Watch is a great way for providing the rights every citizen deserves. Recently an inquiry has taken place, this inquiry is looking into a series of disappearances and murders in B.C. The lack of investigations and initiation taken by the RCMP has raised many questions about the relationship between the indigenous communities and the RCMP (The Globe and Mail, 2013).  Also a number of women, who were interviewed, stated that they were mistreated when under custody. But an investigation could not be done because many of these women did not file any reports. There is no support and lack of care from the RCMP. The RCMP responded to these allegations by explaining how they are busy with 13 homicides and 5 cases of missing women in Prince George and Prince Rupert (The Globe and Mail. 2013). The RCMP seems to struggling with these allegations and is in a lot of scrutiny for their actions.

            Many people commented on this news article, many of the comments were very sarcastic. For example, one commenter wrote, “You don’t say?” another wrote, “Tell us something we don’t already know…” (The Globe and Mail, 2013). From reading these comments they don’t seem to be very surprised at all this has been happening. Many of these commenters already had a feeling this was happening before and it took the Human Rights Watch a very long time to figure it out. Most comments used the term dysfunctional as a term that was to broad, which wasn’t used correctly. One-person thought the term dysfunctional shouldn’t be used to compare the RCMP and the indigenous communities, rather calling the RCMP Organization dysfunctional due to their history. From reading these comments there is a consensus that many of these readers already had a clue that the RCMP and the Indian community had a bad relationship. Also there is a very large group of sarcastic comments about how there have been a lot of investigations about the RCMP now, when it should have been done a long time ago. Lastly the lack of care from the community is very overwhelming to read, some of the comments actually blame the Indian Community for the miss treatment. For example, “Natives want to be perpetual victims. Period. They have no desire to do anything else other that whine and complain about how everyone doesn’t kiss their a$$es.” (The Globe and Mail, 2013) The stupidity of some people disgusts me, for someone to even say something this dumb is mind-boggling. So the question arises why didn’t any of the people make a complaint or ask for a change? Also why do some people feel that the Indian community is to blame for the dysfunctional relationship between the Indian community and the RCMP?

My comment for this article is, “Why is the Human Rights Watch focusing on the RCMP now? There have been many cases of mistreatment in Canada by the organization why did it take so long for a research to be conducted? Also The RCMP is not dysfunctional just with one community, rather it is occurring in all types of communities and there needs to be something done before they can keep protecting us. Due to this dysfunctional organization many innocent people are being miss treated by the people who are supposed to be protecting them. By fixing these the dysfunction relationship not just with the Indian community but the whole community there can be a better social control in society.



Human Rights Watch. (2013). ABOUT US. Retrieved March 3, 2013, from:


The Globe and Mail. (2013). MISSING WOMEN Human rights group says RCMP, native relationship ‘dysfunctional’. . Retrieved March 3, 2013, from:

  1. Mike Larsen says:

    You note that

    “There is a very large group of sarcastic comments about how there have been a lot of investigations about the RCMP now, when it should have been done a long time ago”.

    There have definitely been a number of investigations and inquiries related to the organization and operations of the RCMP. The suggestion seems to be that further inquiries are unnecessary. Do you agree? If so, what steps should be taken in response to the HRW report?

    You note that

    “the question arises why didn’t any of the people make a complaint or ask for a change?”

    How would you respond to this question? I can think of several possible explanations.

    Your comment asks why HRW has focused on the RCMP now. This is a fair question. I would note that the HRW mandate is international and its resources limited. The issues discussed in the report have gained public attention in the wake of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, and this has attracted scrutiny from the human rights community.

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