The Human Rights Watch is an organization that has been around since 1978. Essentially providing the protection of human rights globally. The Human Rights Watch “names and shames” abusive government through media and through direct exchanges with policymakers. Ultimately, it has broadened and strengthened human rights that neglect cases, such as the rights of women, children, refugees, and migrant workers.
Recently The Human Rights Watch has been looking into the police failure and the abuse of indigenous communities committed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I came across an article which addresses how the RCMP has abused and sexually assaulted aboriginal women in British Columbia. The article reveals how these criminal acts were not properly addressed and remained unsolved for 5 months.
For Instance, One women who was raped by 4 RCMP officers and reported that they threatened to take her up to the mountains to kill her then make it look like an accident. She knows the names of the officers but wont pass them on. In most cases like this the victim gets counseling because they are emotionally unstable and need professional help. If the Human Rights Watch or RCMP provided that opportunity then the likelihood of her forwarding the names would have been a lot greater. Furthermore, about a dozen girls cancelled their interviews with researchers because they were frightened and did not want anything to do with the police.
The RCMP claims that they want to get to the bottom of the abuse allegations against its officers. However they add to this claim they add how the Human Rights Watch is not helping them investigate. It seems like they are looking for a scapegoat, to cover up the fact that they have not addressed the problems with these cases.
The article allows people to post comments. In regards to this situation it appears that the public is not really surprised about how the police have not gotten anywhere with such allegations. Majority of the comments reveal public opinion about how these allegations should have been handled. The public believes the police are not even putting an effort into getting to the bottom of this ordeal and acknowledge the fact that they are not dependable. For example one commenter wrote: ‘This is to be investigated by the same people who abuse their own. To look forward to them investigating their own is to be less than intelligent’
Reading this article, I was wondering; How come the Human Rights Watch is focusing on the RCMP now when this abuse of power has been going on for quite a while judging by the number of cases. After reading the cases of abuse of indigenous women and girls, I am just completely disgusted and wonder; Why these “bad apple” cops have not been caught and held accountable for their crimes from the beginning of their career because this kind of behaviour is not accidental, if they victimize one innocent citizen, odds are they will do the same to another.
RCMP abused, sexually assaulted aboriginal women in B.C (2013) Retrieved from :
Human Rights Watch. (2013). ABOUT US. Retrieved March 3, 2013, from: