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Canada: Trouble with registries

On Sept. 16, Prime Minister Harper promised Canadians a national, online database accessible to the public listing the names of high-risk child sex-offenders to replace a patchwork of existing databases. Another proposed change announced by him would have such offenders planning to travel outside the country alert Canadian authorities before they leave, and who, in turn, may warn destination countries. The prime minister said this registry will come into effect in this session of Parliament.

The problem with sex registries! Not only are these registries notoriously incomplete but they are also misguided and misdirected laws that cast far too wide a net, in the process preventing authorities from dealing with the really big problem at hand, that is, sexual abuse against children. Concerns have also been expressed that these laws focus on a relatively small number of high-risk offenders, in the process excluding the many “medium-risk” offenders

who also pose a significant risk to children. Full Article

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  1. Tired of hiding

    What this boils down to is that sex offenders are essentially deprived of the freedom of movement. They are locked up within the boarders of Canada as much as being locked in a jail. If one is deemed a non-threat and is allowed in the general population then they should be allowed to legally travel out of that country.

    Similar proposals are being considered here in the USA and this clearly violates our constitutional right of freedom of movement including freedom to travel and leave the boarders of the USA without asking permission to do so.

    We need to fight this at home as this could really have a huge impact on us!

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