Nine United Nations human rights experts called on Canada and the Catholic Church to conduct thorough investigations, after the remains of 215 Aboriginal children were found in a former boarding school in the Canadian province of British Columbia, which was sponsored by the Catholic Church, and then passed to the government at a time. later.
The experts urged the authorities to carry out full investigations into the circumstances of the deaths, including allegations of deaths, torture and sexual violence.
They stressed the need to prosecute the perpetrators, and to conduct similar investigations in all former boarding schools, which were set up to forcibly accommodate indigenous children.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to take concrete action to support survivors and families; But he did not specify what form those measures would take.
Canada established 139 boarding schools in the late 19th century, and it accommodated 500 male and female students. The local Truth and Reconciliation Commission has identified or disclosed information on at least 3,200 children who died as a result of abuse or neglect while in boarding school; But the exact number is still unknown.