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  • Colombia Indigenous Survival | Amnesty International Canada
    Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Priority Countries Colombia Issues Campaigns Priority Countries Canada China Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Mexico Zimbabwe Russia Central African Republic The Rebellion in the Middle East and North Africa Syria Iran Iraq Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigeria Ukraine Individuals at Risk Good News Projects Colombia Indigenous Survival An emergency as serious as it is invisible More than one third of Indigenous peoples in Colombia are threatened with extermination according to the country s highest court and face an emergency as serious as it is invisible This crisis is fueled by violent incursions into Indigenous territory forced displacement and the imposition of megaprojects Canadian resource and mining companies have secured government permits to operate in Colombia amidst complaints by Indigenous peoples that their right to decision making about projects that will impact their land is routinely denied Indeed expressing opposition to projects brings threats and attacks Through the Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement the Canadian government is promoting further expansion of these operations without human rights guarantees An urgent message from Colombia Watch this video to hear what Indigenous leaders in Colombia want us to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/priority-countries/colombia/colombia-indigenous-survival (2016-02-13)
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  • Make it Visible Slideshow | Amnesty International Canada
    decimated communities Resource development megaprojects have been linked to the violence The right to traditional lands is crucial to the Zenú and all Indigenous peoples in Colombia These lands are a vital element of their identity livelihoods and ways of life and essential for their survival The Zenú have suffered grave human rights abuses as they have sought to defend their territory and rights In 2009 the Constitutional Court gave the government 6 months to devise and implement a plan to protect the Zenú from being wiped out More than three years on the Zenú remain at risk This Zenú man testified In the struggle to defend our rights many of our leaders were assassinated by security forces and paramilitaries Now multinational companies arriving with government permission and taking over our land In Colombia Indigenous people who oppose resource extraction projects face threats and killings Their right to make decisions about what happens on their lands is violated again and again There are reasons why this emergency situation belongs squarely on Canada s po In 2012 the Inter American Commission on Human Rights heard testimony about the impacts of large scale mining on the Wayúu including reports of environmental contamination the loss of plants and food crops and an increase in cancer They also heard about the militarization that has come with mining development the escalation of armed conflict grave human rights abuses and forced displacement We fear the Wayúu will become extinct said Angélica Ortiz of Fuerza Mujeres Wayuu Discrimination against Indigenous peoples is widely entrenched in Colombia resulting in high rates of poverty and exclusion The UN s independent expert on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya says extraction of natural resources and other major development projects in or near indigenous territory constitute one of the most significant sources of abuse of their human rights Mr Anaya has called for a visit to Colombia by the UN s Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide Indigenous peoples in Colombia are courageously organizing to defend their right to survive They have appealed for us to raise our voices with them Their appeal is one we cannot fail to hear and heed The survival of Indigenous peoples with dignity in Colombia is in all of our hands Pressure from Canada would make a significant difference particularly given the special relationship our government has with the Colombian government The government of Stephen Harper launched a free trade agreement with Colombia asserting it would give Canada more influence to press for human rights We must insist that Canada is part of the solution not the problem particularly as Canadian companies move in to Colombia to exploit natural resources there We must show the deep concern of The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia sent us the following appeal for international support When an Indigenous People disappears a whole world is extinguished forever along with its culture spirituality language ancestral knowledge The survival of Indigenous Peoples with dignity is in all of our hands Watch Slideshow This is what we want to tell you is an online version of a powerful photo exhibit that has been displayed by Amnesty International in over 35 locations across Canada Please contact us if you would like to host this photo exhibit in your community ncameron amnesty ca The Story Behind the Slideshow The slideshow and photo exhibit tell the urgent story of Indigenous peoples in Colombia who face being wiped out amidst ongoing armed conflict and the imposition of development projects on their resource rich territories Photographer Juan Pablo Gutíerrez visited some of the affected communities as part of a collaboration between Amnesty International Canada and the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia They did however want to speak directly to Canadians face to face and to share with us their heartfelt hand written messages These portraits are a testament to the courage and dignity of Indigenous people struggling to protect their very survival The people in these photographs asked not to be named because of the danger involved The images tell a story that compels us to act The threat posed by armed conflict I am a victim of paramilitaries and of the guerrilla Message of a Wayúu woman A decades long armed conflict in Colombia has had a profoundly destructive impact on Indigenous peoples Community members have been attacked raped and killed by all the combatants including the army so called paramilitaries who often collude with the army and their enemies the guerrilla In the last 10 years alone threats and violence have driven more than 90 000 Indigenous people from the land on which their survival depends Vulnerable people are forced to flee Insurgent groups disappeared my relatives Message of a Wayúu woman Two of this woman s relatives were taken away by insurgents and forced to join them She never saw them again Amidst the ongoing armed conflict Indigenous boys and girls remain at risk of forced recruitment by both insurgents and paramilitaries In an effort to protect their children many families have felt compelled to flee only to face other threats to their survival far from their land and livelihoods Pressure from mining activity No more exploitation of natural resources Yes to life Message of a Wayúu woman Imposition of resource extraction projects in Indigenous territory has coincided with reports of contamination and health problems as well as militarization and violence When Indigenous communities protest or oppose such projects they face death threats and killings Violence or the threat of it has forced entire communities to flee their land and livelihoods The very real risk of extermination We reject the presence of armed groups in our reserve We demand the right to life with dignity Message of a Wayúu woman In 2009 the Constitutional Court of Colombia determined 34 Indigenous nations including the Wayúu to be in imminent danger of extermination due to the impact of armed conflict and forced displacement with its multiple causes The Court called the situation an emergency which

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/colombia-indigenous-survival/watch-slideshow (2016-02-13)
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  • Take Action | Amnesty International Canada
    and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Priority Countries Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Take Action Take Action Your letters petitions and post cards show the Colombian government that the international community knows what is happening to us and cares But more than that your action gives enormous hope to Indigenous Peoples here and new strength to carry on amidst so many obstacles and dangers Please tell your activists in Canada that we thank you so much for continuing to stand with us Dora Tavera a leader of the Pijao Indigenous People Your voice as a Canadian can make a difference THE NEED IN COLOMBIA This is what we want to tell you Sign our petition The Canadian government enjoys a special relationship with Colombia through a free trade agreement that went into effect in August 2011 and subsequent programs of military cooperation Our government is more likely to press for action if it knows that Canadians care deeply about this issue Sign our petition Thousands of Canadians have added their name to our petition and tens of thousands more around the world are speaking up for Indigenous peoples in Colombia Please sign our petition and add a personal message expressing your concern and call for action Get your MP involved Canada s Parliament committed to submitting an annual human rights impact assessment of its Free Trade Agreement with Colombia

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/colombia-indigenous-survival/take-action (2016-02-13)
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  • This is what we Demand - Art Project | Amnesty International Canada
    Donate Contact Mexico Zimbabwe Russia Central African Republic The Rebellion in the Middle East and North Africa Libya Bahrain Yemen Egypt Tunisia Syria Iran Iraq Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigeria Ukraine Individuals at Risk Case Updates Huseyin Celil Raif Badawi Good News 2014 in Pictures 2015 in Pictures Projects Syrian refugees Global Campaign to Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Priority Countries Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact This is what we Demand Art Project Get Creative THIS IS WHAT WE DEMAND is a creative advocacy campaign that responds to the photo messages sent to us by endangered Indigenous peoples in Colombia amidst a grave yet hidden human rights emergency Our goal is to make visible a groundswell of concern With your help we aim to create an eye catching quilt of individual or group calls for action that is impossible to ignore Catch the attention of decision makers by creating a personal message of support for the rights and survival of Indigenous peoples in Colombia using photography or other creative means Canadians from coast to coast are taking part and sharing their creations on social media to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/colombia-indigenous-survival/advocate-with-art (2016-02-13)
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  • Background | Amnesty International Canada
    of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Priority Countries Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Background Background History of a hidden human rights emergency Read our report More than 40 years of armed conflict in Colombia have been fueled by ruthless efforts to steal or take control of land and resources As many as 5 million people have been forced to flee for their lives amidst death threats and atrocities Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed Thousands more have been subjected to enforced disappearance or abduction The conflict has also been marked by forced recruitment of child soldiers and widespread sexual violence against girls and women A dire and urgent situation It has been called a forgotten conflict but it has created a dire and urgent situation for Indigenous Peoples in Colombia especially those living in areas eyed for their resources and economic potential There are 102 distinct Indigenous nations in Colombia enriching the South American country with diverse cultures languages social structures and ways of life At least one third of them are threatened with extermination according to Colombia s highest court and face an emergency as serious as it is invisible In January 2009 the Court gave the government six months to devise and implement a plan to guarantee the rights of endangered Indigenous Peoples More than three years later there is little evidence of

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/colombia-indigenous-survival/background (2016-02-13)
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  • Resources | Amnesty International Canada
    is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Mexico Zimbabwe Russia Central African Republic The Rebellion in the Middle East and North Africa Libya Bahrain Yemen Egypt Tunisia Syria Iran Iraq Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigeria Ukraine Individuals at Risk Case Updates Huseyin Celil Raif Badawi Good News 2014 in Pictures 2015 in Pictures Projects Syrian refugees Global Campaign to Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Priority Countries Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Resources Resources PHOTO EXHIBIT THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO TELL YOU Messages from Indigenous peoples threatened with annihilation in Colombia Three formats Eleven stunning framed prints 28 wide x 40 long with accompanying title captions and background information on mountable foamcore cards The prints can be displayed on easels not provided or mounted on walls Ten easy to hang beautiful banners 27 wide x 33 long includes a Title and Take Action banner Each banner has caption information printed below each photo Comes with stick on plastic hooks for mounting on walls or windows Powerpoint for computer projection along with a discussion guide for classroom use The photo exhibit comes with

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/colombia-indigenous-survival/resources (2016-02-13)
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  • Contact | Amnesty International Canada
    and Social Rights Maternal and Child Health Making Rights Law Housing is a Human Right The Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights Death Penalty Support Abolition Death Penalty in 2013 Death Penalty in 2014 Death Penalty in Canada Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns No More Stolen Sisters Kwe Standing With Our Sisters Open for Justice Stop Torture Stop Torture Act Stop Torture Learn Stop Torture Share Stop Torture Tools Priority Countries Canada Human Rights Agenda for Canada 2015 Canada Votes 2015 What you can do Questions for Candidates No Giving Up A year of challenges and determination China Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Mexico Zimbabwe Russia Central African Republic The Rebellion in the Middle East and North Africa Libya Bahrain Yemen Egypt Tunisia Syria Iran Iraq Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigeria Ukraine Individuals at Risk Case Updates Huseyin Celil Raif Badawi Good News 2014 in Pictures 2015 in Pictures Projects Syrian refugees Global Campaign to Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Priority Countries Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/colombia-indigenous-survival/contact (2016-02-13)
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  • Mexico | Amnesty International Canada
    Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Our Work Priority Countries Home Our Work Priority Countries Issues Campaigns Priority Countries Canada China Colombia Mexico Zimbabwe Russia Central African Republic The Rebellion in the Middle East and North Africa Syria Iran Iraq Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigeria Ukraine Individuals at Risk Good News Projects Mexico Human rights in Mexico Many Canadians know Mexico as a luxurious winter get away a tourism paradise But the vast majority of Mexicans experience a very different reality Poverty discrimination and inequity mean that millions of Mexicans face insurmountable challenges to meet basic human needs with regard to food water housing health and education Yet those who mobilize in defence of these rights are repaid with threats and deadly attacks particularly when their activism challenges powerful economic interests The perpetrators are rarely brought to account creating a climate of injustice which fuels more abuses Amnesty International is deeply concerned that the situation is getting worse and now constitutes nothing less than a security and human rights crisis which includes Thousands of killings and abductions carried out by drug cartels and other criminal gangs at times acting in collusion with the police or other public officials Widespread reports of grave human rights violations including torture enforced disappearances extrajudicial executions and excessive use of force by army and navy personnel Routine violations of the rights of Indigenous peoples including the right to free prior and informed consent regarding resource extraction projects on Indigenous lands Ongoing

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/priority-countries/mexico (2016-02-13)
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