Anti-terror bill could target activists says human-rights group

Global News

OTTAWA – A prominent human-rights group says the Conservative government’s anti-terrorism bill could be used to target environmental activists and aboriginal protesters.

In a brief made public Monday, Amnesty International Canada added its voice to those who say the bill would go beyond genuine security threats to ensnare those who mount demonstrations that fall outside the strict letter of the law.

The Conservatives brought in the bill — which would broaden the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s mandate — following the murders of two Canadian soldiers last October.

The legislation would give CSIS the ability to disrupt terror plots, make it easier for police to limit the movements of a suspect, expand no-fly list powers, crack down on terrorist propaganda, and remove barriers to sharing security-related information.

READ MORE: Privacy watchdogs say anti-terrorism bill unduly exposes personal info

The new disruptive powers do not apply to “lawful” advocacy, protest and dissent…

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