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CLAIHR’s Second Annual Fall Lecture

Mustafa Farooq (3L)


In 2013, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) hosted Moez-al-Khatib, the past President of the Syrian National Council, and Dennis Edney, QC, to speak at our events. This year, we want to continue that work by inviting Senator Raynell Andreychuk to speak at our second annual fall lecture.

Senator Raynell Andreychuk was appointed a Judge of the Saskatchewan Provincial Court in 1976. At that time, she set up a family court in Regina under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Court. She went on to serve as Associate Deputy Minister of Social Services in Saskatchewan.

In 1987, she was named High Commissioner to Kenya, Uganda, and Ambassador to Somalia, and the Comoros. Concurrently, she served as Canadian representative to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Habitat. In 1990, she was appointed Ambassador to Portugal. During the course of her diplomatic appointments, she also served as Canada’s representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

In 1993, Senator Andreychuk was called to the Senate of Canada, becoming the first woman to be appointed from Saskatchewan. She presently chairs the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Standing Senate Committee on Conflict of Interest for Senators. Senator Andreychuk remains, then, a fascinating example for the potential role of the Senate in the future.

She has served as the International Law and Human Rights convenor for Parliamentarians for Global Action, leading a worldwide coalition of parliamentarians working for ratification and implementation of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court. Currently, she sits on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and is the representative to the NATO-Ukraine council.

The Senator has been recognized as a passionate champion for the rights of the Ukrainian people. In September 2013, she was awarded the St. Volodymyr, the Great Medal from the Ukrainian World Congress, in recognition of her efforts in defending fundamental human rights and freedoms and furthering democracy in Ukraine.

During the last Ukrainian election, the Senator was sent as an observer over the electoral process. However, her active involvement in the Ukrainian Crisis has earned her the scorn of the Kremlin: she has been banned from travelling to Russia, along with thirteen other prominent Canadians.

At the forefront of Canada’s international human rights policy, former lawyer, judge, and diplomat, Senator Raynell Andreychuk promises a fascinating and insightful discussion on the evolving crisis in Ukraine. This lecture will take place in late November, and is open to all members of the public.