With its amendments to the Security Intelligence Act, the federal government has handed Canada’s security services “a broad mandate and powers” of surveillance without sufficient legal safeguards, says a United Nations Human Rights Committee report released Thursday.

It is urging Canada to revise the controversial anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51, to ensure it complies with the UN human rights covenant to which Canada is a signatory.

The committee says a lack of independent judicial involvement in the implementation of Canada’s revised security law is edging the country towards human rights violations.

While accepting Canada’s need to adopt measures to combat terrorism, the UN report also expresses “concern” that the federal government has increased information-sharing among federal agencies without safeguards to ensure that the information is accurate.

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