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Human Rights Watch slams Canadian police for raping women

By Mason White 5:49 AM February 14, 2013
Highway of Tears in Canada 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A human rights group slammed the Canadian police force for abusing and raping women, according to a statement released by Human Rights Watch.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are failing to protect Aboriginal women in the northern regions from violence, according to a report by an international human rights group which also alleges abusive behavior by police officers themselves.

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged the Canadian government to investigate dozens of murders and disappearances of women along a northern strip of road in the Pacific province of British Columbia known as the “Highway of Tears”.

“The threat of local and random violence on one hand, and abuse by members of the Royal Canadian Police Force, on the other, leaves indigenous women in a constant state of insecurity,” Meghan Rhoad, who is an investigator at Human Rights Watch, said.

“Where can they turn for help when police are known to be insensitive and in some cases, abusive?” She asked.
Human Rights Watch said it sent investigators to the area between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, in the summer and interviewed 50 indigenous women and girls, while talking with the affected families and native leaders.

The group said it was informed of excessive use of force, strip searches of women by male officers, as well as physical and sexual abuse.

“One woman said that four police officers took her to a remote location, raped her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone,” the report said.

British Columbia Police said that no one named in the report submitted a complaint.

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