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61rst UNCHR Session / Geneva 2005

in CANADA, 27/05/2004

Louise Arbour will be the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

A Canadian Supreme Court Justice and ex-prosecutor of the United Nations War crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Ms. Arbour succeeds Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Baghdad in August 2003.

“While at the Supreme Court of Canada, Judge Arbour constantly affirmed the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexuals to equal treatment,” says Laurie Arron from the association EGALE Canada. In 2002, Arbour voted against the decision of a British Columbia school board which had banned three school books about same-sex parents. The school board had argued that the books, "Asha's Mums," "Belinda's Bouquet," and "One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads," offended the religions of some parents. The court said that the board had violated a requirement in provincial legislation that the public school system be strictly secular and non-sectarian.

For more information, see Supreme Court of Canada
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