Regional Working Groups


The CCIC Regional Working Groups (RWGs) bring together NGOs, faith-based organizations, labour unions, diaspora groups, solidarity groups, think tanks, and research centres from across Canada that have a specific interest in development, social justice, and human rights in Asia-Pacific, Africa, or the Americas.

Working on common themes or a regional issue, the RWGs develop collaborative strategies for policy development, dialogue, and advocacy within the Canadian government and multilateral institutions. The RWGs are a unique space for collaborative reflection, coordinated policy positions, learning, and analysis, with input from regional partners.

Membership is open to organizations with a policy or programme interest in Asia-Pacific, Africa, or the Americas. Organizations become members upon approval by the working group members. Most participants are also CCIC members.

Regional Working Group publications

Open Letter to Minister Freeland – Concerning political prisoners being held in maximum-security prison in Honduras

Dear Minister:
The Americas Policy Group (APG), a regional working group of the Canadian Council for International
Co-operation, wishes to express its concerns regarding the ongoing acute human rights crisis in Honduras
and the incarceration of political prisoners, amid a pattern identified by the UN Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights “of intimidation and reprisals targeting human rights defenders and
members or sympathizers of the opposition parties in the aftermath of electoral protests”. 1 Those protests
followed the November 26th presidential elections, marred by irregularities and allegations of fraud.