Aditya Rao on Hate Speech and Human Rights in Canada: The Fight Over Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act

Thursday, February 10 at 5:30pm (Atlantic) by Zoom.

This winter, the Atlantic Human Rights Centre, St. Thomas University’s Department of Human Rights, St. Thomas University’s Department of Journalism and Communications, the NB Media Co-op and RAVEN invite the public to the Human Rights & the Media Lecture Series.

We will hear from scholars of the media and law, media makers and grassroots activists on how our media landscape is changing. We will hear about what they are doing to make this media landscape a more safe, just and equal space.

Aditya Rao, a human rights lawyer, will speak on “Hate Speech and Human Rights in Canada: The Fight Over Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act,” on Thursday, February 10 at 5:30 pm (Atlantic) by Zoom.

Register for the Zoom link here:

Aditya Rao is a lawyer with a background in human rights, labour, immigration and refugee law. He currently works as a human rights representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and serves on the board of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre. 

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Upcoming LecturesFebruary 15 – Hilary Young, Professor of Law at the University of New Brunswick, on Civil Recourse for Non-Consensual Disclosure of Intimate Images.February 22 – Laura O’Brien, UN Advocacy Officer for Access Now, on Defending Peaceful Assembly and Association in the Digital Age: Takedowns, Shutdowns, and Surveillance.

March 17 – Fenwick McKelvey, Assistant Professor in Information and Communication Technology Policy in the Department of Communication Studies, on how AI is shaping our lives and communications.

March 31 – Siti Maimunah, a rapporteur for the People’s Tribunal at COP26 in Glasgow and member of the COP26 Coalition, on telling the stories of people of the Global South affected by climate change.April 12 – Kaitlyn Layden, with the New Brunswick Coalition of Persons with Disabilities, on engaging the media to advance the rights of people with disabilities.

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