About the ICLMG

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) is a pan-Canadian coalition of civil society organizations that was established in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. The coalition brings together 38 NGOs, unions, professional associations, faith groups, environmental organizations, human rights and civil liberties advocates, as well as groups representing immigrant and refugee communities in Canada.

The mandate of the ICLMG is to defend the civil liberties and human rights set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, federal and provincial laws (such as the Canadian Bill of Rights, the Canadian Human Rights Act, provincial charters of human rights or privacy legislation), and international human rights instruments (such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment).

Since its inception, ICLMG has served as a forum for strategic exchange among organizations and communities affected by the application, internationally, of new national security ("anti-terrorist") laws, and has provided a forum for reflection, joint analysis and cooperative action in response to Canada's own anti-terrorist measures and their effects.

Further to its mandate, the ICLMG has intervened in individual cases where there have been allegations of serious violation of civil liberties and human rights. The ICLMG has also intervened to challenge proposed legislation, regulations and practices that contravene the Canadian Constitution, other Canadian laws and international human rights standards.

The ICLMG is funded by its members and private donations.


  • Amnesty International
  • Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale
  • B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
  • Canadian Arab Federation
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • Canadian Auto Workers Union
  • Canadian Council for International Co-operation
  • Canadian Council for Refugees
  • Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN)
  • Canadian Ethnocultural Council
  • Canadian Federation of Students
  • Canadian Friends Service Committee
  • Canadian Labour Congress
  • Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association
  • Canadian Muslim Forum
  • Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers
  • Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
  • CARE Canada
  • Centre for Social Justice
  • Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union
  • Confederation of Canadian Unions
  • Council of Canadians
  • CUSO
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Development and Peace
  • ETC Group
  • Greenpeace
  • International Development and Relief Foundation
  • Inter Pares
  • Ligue des droits et libertés
  • National Anti-Racism Council of Canada
  • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
  • Mining Watch Canada
  • PEN Canada
  • Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • United Steelworkers of America
  • World Vision Canada