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Irwin Cotler is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, first elected in November, 1999. He is a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (2003-2006) and is Professor of Law Emeritus at McGill University where he taught law for 30 years. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Prof. Cotler is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates. He currently serves as Liberal Critic for Justice and Human Rights and is Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights

ARTICLES BY: Irwin Cotler

May 1, 2016 7:13 am

The Holocaust and Human Rights: Lessons Learned and Actions to Be Taken

I write at a historic moment of remembrance and reminder, of witness and warning. We are on the eve of two historic anniversaries: the 80th...

August 10, 2015 10:44 am

Jonathan Pollard’s Release Doesn’t Erase 30 Years of Injustice

The official announcement that Jonathan Pollard will be paroled on November 21, having served 30 years for transmitting classified American documents to the Israeli government, is...

January 27, 2015 3:41 pm

Anti-Semitism, Old and New

This past week, I had the privilege of participating in the first-ever UN General Assembly forum on global anti-Semitism, which, as it happened, took place...

January 18, 2015 6:31 pm

In Dark Times, Remember Wallenberg

It has been a dark January. Thus far, 2015 has brought tragic and infuriating terrorism, anti-Semitism, and assaults on liberty in France; a car bomb in...

December 2, 2014 7:55 am

The UN and Unequal Justice: The Case for Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries

The UN marked the 67th anniversary of the UN Partition Resolution of November 29, 1947, with an International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People....

September 21, 2014 11:03 am

Rouhani’s Record Reveals Nothing Has Changed in Iran

While Iranian President Rouhani pledged to usher in a new era of human rights for Iranians, the person held out as a "moderate" has presided...

August 10, 2014 1:44 pm

Gaza – The Road Not Yet Traveled

The notion that truth is the first casualty of war has found expression in the ongoing fog of the current Israel-Hamas conflict - where truth...

July 28, 2014 10:24 am

Opinion: The Need for Moral Clarity on the Israel-Hamas War

The latest Israeli-Hamas war, with its evocative images of human suffering, has engaged hearts and minds the world over, particularly in this digital age of...

May 18, 2014 11:09 am

Rouhani is No ‘Moderate’ on Human Rights

The Canadian Parliament has just concluded its third Iran Accountability Week, which sounded the alarm on the fourfold threat posed by the Iranian regime -...

February 7, 2014 11:41 am

Sochi Olympics: Remembering Sergei Magnitsky

On the eve of the Sochi Olympics, over 200 writers from around the world - including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Russian novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya -...

December 20, 2013 4:05 pm

The Camp Ashraf Massacres: A Failure to Protect

In a recent encounter I had in Paris with families of those murdered at Camp Ashraf on September 1 the cri de coeur related not...

October 15, 2013 8:32 am

Irwin Cotler: Testing Iran’s Nuclear Charm Offensive

Negotiations about Iran's nuclear program are set to resume this week in Geneva between the P5 + 1 countries (USA, UK, France, Russia, China and...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...


Mulling Bid for Senate, Former Legendary Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling Cha...

A legendary baseball player mulling a run for the US Senate on the Republican ticket asked his interviewer on Friday why Jews...


IDF Coed Commandos Step Up Training for Potential ISIS Attack on Israel Fro...

The IDF battalion charged with safeguarding Israel’s border with Egypt has been stepping up its preparation for potential ISIS attacks from...

Middle East

Dozens of ISIS Militants Killed by Egyptian Airstrikes in Sinai

Around 70 Islamic State militants were killed Sunday morning after Egypt's air force struck a number of outposts in the northern Sinai peninsula, according to local reports. Most of the air...