The Ontario Human Rights Commission filed a contravention application today with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario stating the Ontario government has breached a 2013 settlement aimed at the treatment of mentally ill inmates, specifically those facing segregation in provincial prisons.
The announcement calling for accountability was made at the Ontario Legislature by Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the OHRC, Paul Champ, lawyer at Champ and Associates, Sen. Kim Pate and Yusuf Faqiri, brother of the late Soleiman Faqiri, a mentally ill victim of prison staff brutality.
“When the government signs on the dotted line, it should be held accountable for its promises. That is what the rule of law requires,” says Mandhane. “Through the application to the tribunal, we are once again calling on Ontario to meet its obligations under the Human Rights Code and to honour the commitments it made four years ago.”