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  • “My heart is exhausted”: A mother’s story of death row in Saudi Arabia | Amnesty International Canada
    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 My heart is exhausted A mother s story of death row in Saudi Arabia Friday February 12 2016 14 47 By Nassra al Ahmed Ali al Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested on 14 February 2012 a few months after taking part in anti government rallies in Saudi Arabia He was sentenced to death despite being a minor when he was arrested and following a deeply unfair trial based on confessions he says were obtained through torture He now awaits his execution His mother Nassra al Ahmed tells their story When I first heard the verdict to execute my little boy I felt as if a thunderbolt was hitting my head It rendered me bereaved and rid of the most cherished and beautiful things I have His absence has exhausted my heart My eyes shed tears automatically yearning for him I am overtaken by missing his angelic features His smile never leaves my mind and memories prompt me to weep each time I see one of his pictures Everything that was beautiful Before Ali s arrest my family led a normal life He was a nice beautiful child who never ceased to become even more beautiful as he grew up His beauty was prompted by his kind heart love of others and beautiful morals He loved everything that was beautiful Allah virtue nature sea sun trees and animals There is no place in Ali s heart for despair He has always been optimistic and smiling He enjoyed reading and photography and spent most of the day keeping cleaning and feeding birds He didn t like to keep them inside the cage he used to set them free to fly around the yard without anyone annoying them There is no place in Ali s heart for despair He has always been optimistic and smiling His father used to take him on his commercial travels and soon realized his son s passion for travel and knowledge He was always asking questions about the origins of the differences in food and costume between different peoples He would even wonder about the differences between faiths He used to say Christians worship God Muslims worship Allah so why are they different from each other Bitter taste of prison I wept and cried when he was taken but never expected that I would go on crying and weeping for four long years He was taken from the warmth of our home and forced to be detained in the freezing cold of dark prisons He was absented from his house and loved ones to taste the bitter insipid taste of life in prison cells No situation was more painful than when I saw my son in prison I was yearning to

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  • Death Penalty: Support Abolition | Amnesty International Canada
    GOULIAMAKI AFP Getty Image Saudi Arabia s authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life by executing 47 people in a single day said Amnesty International today Those put to death earlier today included prominent Shi a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al Nimr who was convicted after a political and grossly unfair trial at the Specialized Criminal Court SCC With the exception of the Sheikh and three Shi a Muslim activists the others were convicted of involvement with al Qa ida Read More Iran Renewed death sentences for juvenile offenders show contempt for children s rights December 08 2015 Iran cemented its shameful status as the world s top official executioner of juvenile offenders after two young men were re sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under 18 years old Amnesty International said today Sajad Sanjari and Hamid Ahmadi who had been granted retrials because of their young age when the crimes occurred will face execution after trial courts presiding over their separate cases concluded they had reached mental maturity at the time of the crime This ruling lays bare the Iranian authorities contempt for the human rights of children coupled with their appetite for the death penalty a toxic combination that leaves numerous juvenile offenders facing execution said Said Boumedouha Deputy Director of Amnesty International s Middle East and North Africa Programme Read More Mongolia Historic vote abolishes death penalty December 04 2015 Mongolia s parliament became the latest to consign the death penalty to the history books in a major victory for human rights in the country said Amnesty International today On Thursday lawmakers voted in favour of a new Criminal Code that abolishes the death penalty for all crimes The new Criminal Code will take effect from September 2016 and would bring the total number of countries to have completely abandoned this ultimate cruel inhuman and degrading punishment to 102 Mongolia s historic decision to abolish the death penalty is a great victory for human rights The death penalty is becoming a thing of the past across the world said Roseann Rife East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International Mongolia has set an example which we hope will quickly ripple across Asia The countries that continue to execute have been shown a clear path to follow to end this cruel and inhumane punishment Three countries Fiji Madagascar and Suriname have already abolished the death penalty this year Read More Saudi Arabia Execution looms for at least 50 on death row including Shi a activists November 26 2015 More than 50 people are at increased risk of imminent execution following reports in national media outlets close to the Saudi Arabian authorities that they will soon be put to death in a single day warns Amnesty International The mothers of five Shi a Muslim activists who are among the prisoners have implored King Salman for clemency after learning that preparations potentially associated with impending executions have taken place Saudi Arabia s macabre spike in executions this year coupled with the secretive and arbitrary nature of court decisions and executions in the kingdom leave us no option but to take these latest warning signs very seriously said James Lynch Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International These executions must not go ahead and Saudi Arabia must lift the veil of secrecy around its death penalty cases as part of a fundamental overhaul of its criminal justice system Read More Pakistan to hit shameful milestone of 300 executions less than a year after returning to the death penalty November 23 2015 Released 00 01 GMT 24 November 2015 Pakistan will imminently have executed 300 people since it lifted a moratorium on executions shamefully sealing its place among the world s worst executioners Amnesty International said today On 25 November Pakistani authorities are set to execute Abdul Basit a man with paraplegia who developed tubercular TB meningitis while on death row His execution has been postponed several times since the prison has no rules on how to hang someone who cannot stand on the scaffold Amnesty International said the executions are a serious stain on Pakistan s human rights record compounding repeated violations of fair trial standards and other safeguards that must be observed in all death penalty cases Pakistan s ongoing zeal for executions is an affront to human rights and the global trend against the death penalty Even if the authorities stay the execution of Abdul Basit a man with paraplegia Pakistan is still executing people at a rate of almost one a day said David Griffiths South Asia Research Director at Amnesty International Read More Iran Authorities must stop execution of young man convicted of murder in unfair trial November 23 2015 The execution of a 25 year old man who has been sentenced to death after an unfair trial lacking basic safeguards would be both cruel and an aberration of justice said Amnesty International today following an announcement that he will be hanged at Raja i Shahr Prison in Karaj near Tehran at dawn tomorrow Alireza Shahi was sentenced to death in June 2012 under the Islamic legal principle of qesas retribution in kind for involvement in a fatal stabbing which took place during a fight among several young men in December 2008 when he was 18 years old After his arrest he was placed in detention for two weeks where he says he was tortured and otherwise ill treated to confess He was also denied access to both a lawyer and his family It is always cruel and inhumane to take away an individual s life by hanging but the cruelty is compounded when the execution follows an unfair trial which has relied on coerced confessions and ignored allegations of torture and other ill treatment said Said Boumedouha Deputy Director of Amnesty International s Middle East and North Africa Programme Read More Saudi Arabia 151 executed this year in highest recorded toll in nearly

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  • Syria's refugee crisis: the latest numbers | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Syria s refugee crisis the latest numbers Thursday February 4 2016 12 42 Refugees in the region More than 4 5 million refugees from Syria are in just five countries Turkey Lebanon Jordan Iraq and Egypt Turkey hosts 2 5 million refugees from Syria more than any other country worldwide Lebanon hosts approximately 1 1 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country Jordan hosts approximately 635 324 refugees from Syria which amounts to about 10 of the population Iraq where 3 9 million people are already internally displaced hosts 245 022 refugees from Syria Egypt hosts 117 658 refugees from Syria The UN s 2015 humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees was just 61 funded by the end of the year Funding shortages mean that the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just 21 60 per person month or around US 0 70 cent a day for food assistance well below the UN s poverty line of US 1 90 86 of Syrian refugees in urban areas in Jordan are living below the local poverty line Conflict in Syria According to the UN around 250 000 people have been killed and 13 5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria More than 50 of Syria s population is currently displaced One in every two of those crossing the Mediterranean this year half a million people were Syrians escaping the

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  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis | Amnesty International Canada
    besieged Syrian villages gathered by Amnesty International describing their desperate struggle to feed themselves through the winter months highlights the crucial need to allow unimpeded humanitarian access to all civilians in need and lift all sieges on civilian populations across country The organization has spoken to residents in the besieged town of Medaya in the Damascus Countryside governorate and gathered fresh accounts of conditions in al Fouaa and Kefraya in the Idleb Countryside governorate The starving residents described how families are surviving on little more that foraged leaves and boiled water The villages are due to resume receiving aid following a deal involving the Syrian government struck on 7 January 2016 Read More Lebanon Forcible return of more than 100 refugees to Syria a shocking setback January 08 2016 More than 100 Syrian refugees have been forcibly returned to Syria by the Lebanese authorities today Amnesty International has learned Around 150 others are still stranded at Beirut s Rafic Hariri International Airport and are at risk of imminent deportation in the coming hours The authorities are reportedly planning to force them to leave on the next flight at 9 30pm local time The refugees had arrived in Beirut on flights from Syria with the intention of travelling on to Turkey They were due to depart on 7 January but were unable to leave as two Turkish Airlines flights were cancelled ahead of new visa regulations for Syrian refugees imposed by the Turkish authorities that came into force today restricting access to the country Read More Syria Russia s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings December 22 2015 Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas striking homes a mosque and a busy market as well as medical facilities in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today Civilian objects were not damaged Russia s statements on its attacks in Syria unmasked highlights the high price civilians have paid for suspected Russian attacks across the country The report focuses on six out of more than 25 attacks reviewed by Amnesty International in which a total of at least 250 civilians and around a dozen fighters were killed The briefing includes evidence suggesting that Russian authorities may have lied to cover up civilian damage to a mosque from one air strike and a field hospital in another It also documents evidence suggesting Russia s use of internationally banned cluster munitions and of unguided bombs in populated residential areas Read More Turkey EU risks complicity in violations as refugees and asylum seekers locked up and deported December 15 2015 Released 00 01 GMT Wednesday 16 December 2015 The European Union EU is in danger of being complicit in serious human rights violations against refugees and asylum seekers said Amnesty International today as it published damning evidence that the Turkish authorities have been unlawfully apprehending detaining and pressuring refugees and asylum seekers to return to warzones The report Europe s Gatekeeper documents how since September in parallel with EU Turkey migration talks the Turkish authorities have rounded up and herded scores possibly hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers onto buses and transported them more than 1 000 kilometres to isolated detention centres where they have been held incommunicado Some report being shackled for days on end beaten and forcibly transported back to the countries they had fled Read More How you can support refugees December 15 2015 Opening our arms to refugees By Alex Neve Secretary General Amnesty International Canada My heart burst when I saw the picture of the drowned body of 3 year old Alan Kurdi in his red shirt and blue pants face downward in the sand on a Turkish beach I won t be able to forget that picture ever Today I m filled with a different kind of emotion It s joy renewed hope and a sense of pride as I watch Canadians open their arms to welcome refugees from Syria Thank you You played a part in turning human tragedy to joy Since the start of the brutal civil war in Syria Amnesty International has been sounding the alarm bell about the rapidly mounting Syrian refugee crisis and the need for Canada to respond With your help Amnesty International sent researchers into the heart of the trouble spots in Syria to document the gravity of the crisis to call on neighbouring countries to protect fleeing refugees and to move the world to bring resources attention and understanding to help ease the frightening vulnerability of refugees Read More Gay Syrian refugee couple build a new future in Germany December 11 2015 By Lorna Hayes and Khairunissa Dhala from Amnesty s refugee and migrants rights team at Amnesty s International Secretariat Said and his partner Jamal who is living with HIV fled Syria after being tortured for their political activism They are excited about starting a new life in the capital Berlin after being resettled there We were so happy that we cried says Jamal about the moment he and his partner Said found out that Germany had opened its doors to them It was a moment of victory Jamal continues We were shocked that we were accepted for resettlement so quickly after just six months They were lucky many other refugees who qualify for resettlement wait much longer for that all important phone call to say they can settle down for good somewhere peaceful and safe A new home in Berlin Read More Jordan Risk of humanitarian disaster as 12 000 refugees from Syria stranded in no man s land December 09 2015 Jordan must take immediate action to assist up to 12 000 refugees who have been denied entry to the country and are struggling to survive in desperate freezing conditions in no man s land on the Jordanian side of the border with Syria said Amnesty International Those stranded include pregnant women young children elderly people and people suffering from serious medical conditions Testimony from Syrian refugees and international aid workers in Jordan collected during a recent research trip to the country suggests that hundreds of refugees have been arriving on a daily basis in recent weeks but have been denied access to Jordan by the authorities Analysis of satellite imagery also confirms that the number of refugees arriving at the border has increased in recent months Read More Turkey Rounding up of refugees is a stain on the EU s conscience November 30 2015 Reports of Turkey rounding up and detaining over a thousand refugees in the west of the country are alarming but not surprising Ever since September we have seen the Turkish authorities detaining scores of refugees often completely incommunicado and forcibly returning them to neighbouring Syria and Iraq This is as illegal as it is unconscionable In the wake of this weekend s EU Turkey migration talks it s a stain on the EU s conscience too said Andrew Gardner Amnesty International s Turkey Researcher For more comment please contact Elizabeth Berton Hunter Media Relations 416 363 9933 ext 332 bberton hunter amnesty ca Read More Amnesty International Welcomes Federal Government Support of Syrian Refugees November 24 2015 Amnesty International recognizes that the federal government will identify all 25 000 selected refugees by Dec 31 2015 but only 10 000 will arrive by year s end Now the government is extending its deadline to bring 15 000 more Syrian refugees to Canada by two months setting the end of February 2016 as its new target date We welcome the Canadian government s resettlement goal to seek to identify the most vulnerable refugees whatever religion ethnic background or gender said Gloria Nafziger Refugee Campaigner Amnesty International also welcomes the following procedures will be taken to ensure the health and well being of refugees Read More Refugee resettlement serves to protect the most vulnerable among the refugees November 24 2015 These four Kurdish Syrian family members are traveling on foot This group of brothers and a slightly older uncle left the town of Amuda located in the Kurdish region of Syria 10 days ago As ISIS fighting was closing in to only 30kms from Amuda they decided to leave After making their way to the Turkish border and meeting their smuggler contact they each had to pay 350 USD to cross the Turkish border on foot under the cover of night They made their way to the coastal city of Izmir from which they embarked on an inflatable boat for a perilous 15 minutes journey to Mitilini Greece They all had to pay 1200 USD each for this part of the trip Upon arrival in Greece they registered as EU refugees and then took a ferry to the Greek mainland where they then travelled by bus to Serbia By Gloria Nafziger Refugee Campaigner for Amnesty International Canada Read More The insecurity of being a refugee woman or girl in Lebanon November 24 2015 What is it like to be a refugee in Lebanon The answer you ll get will be different depending on whether you speak to a women girl man or boy Early marriage and street harassment are just a few of the serious issues uniquely faced by refugee women and girls in Lebanon And because of legal restrictions imposed on Syrian refugees by the Lebanese government many refugee women and girls feel unable to report threats harassment or violence to the police Refugee women and girls living in Lebanon especially those in women led households are at risk of experiencing human rights abuses As part of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign Amnesty International is sharing the stories of two refugee women living in Lebanon Learn more and take action today Read More Refugee Crisis Balkans border blocks leave thousands discriminated against and stranded in Greece November 20 2015 New border control rules implemented almost simultaneously by the governments of Macedonia Serbia and Croatia over the past 48 hours have resulted in large scale renewed human rights violations including collective expulsions and discrimination against individuals perceived to be economic migrants or refugees on the basis of their nationality Amnesty International said today The organization has monitored how the new measures in place along this route since 18 November have denied many people access to asylum procedures and left thousands of people stranded in dire conditions at Greece s border crossing with Macedonia This extremely worrying chain of events has yet again left thousands of people stranded in limbo purely because of where they are from At the very time when governments in the Balkans and Europe have vowed to work more closely together to improve safety and access to asylum on the Balkans route the opposite is happening said John Dalhuisen Amnesty International s Director for Europe and Central Asia Read More Canada Respond To Syrian Refugees November 18 2015 Read More Refugees endangered and dying due to EU s reliance on fences and gatekeepers November 16 2015 The European Union s EU determination to seal off its external borders is fuelling a range of human rights abuses while doing nothing to halt the influx of desperate refugees said Amnesty International in a new report published today The report Fear and Fences Europe s approach to keeping refugees at bay reveals how moves to fence off land borders and enlist neighbouring countries such as Turkey and Morocco as gatekeepers have denied refugees access to asylum exposed refugees and migrants to ill treatment and pushed people towards life threatening sea journeys The expanding fences along Europe s borders have succeeded only in entrenching rights violations and exacerbating the challenges of managing refugee flows in a humane and orderly manner said John Dalhuisen Amnesty International s Director for Europe and Central Asia Read More Refugees Welcome Here November 16 2015 By Gloria Nafziger Refugee Campaigner for Amnesty International Canada Late Friday bombs exploded in Paris People out for an evening of friendship and entertainment were gunned down without warning Horror fear and terror followed As the carnage abated the identities of those thought to be responsible for the killings began to come to light Several were thought to be citizens of Belguim At least two others are believed to be French But what got the most attention was the revelation that two of the attackers carried Syrian passports It is believed that they may have recently entered Europe as a part of the massive flow of more than 700 000 refugees who have sought safety in Europe this past year Read More G20 Summit Rich countries must pull a U turn on shameful refugee response November 13 2015 The world s wealthiest countries must end their shocking inaction and begin to lead a coordinated response to the spiralling global refugee crisis by proposing a concrete plan for resettling the 1 15 million most vulnerable refugees worldwide and fully fund humanitarian needs said Amnesty International today ahead of the G20 summit in Antalya Turkey To date G20 member states have committed to resettling approximately 140 000 refugees from Syria far below what is required Last year G20 countries offered resettlement places to a tenth of the refugees who needed them World leaders have sat on the sidelines as a global refugee crisis of devastating proportions has unfolded before their eyes Even worse in some cases they have actively contributed to the misery by blocking refugees from seeking safety said Audrey Gaughran Director for Global Issues at Amnesty International Read More EU Africa Summit in Valetta must not dress up border control as co operation November 10 2015 As European Union EU leaders and African heads of state prepare to meet in Malta on 11 and 12 November for a Summit on Migration Amnesty International is issuing a stark warning to all leaders in attendance of the dangers posed by border and migration management agreements that fail to include human rights safeguards At the Summit EU and African leaders are expected to agree on a joint declaration ostensibly focusing on saving lives and the protection of refugees development and legal migration and mobility So far however the response of the EU and its member states to the influx of refugees and migrants has focused on keeping people out by preventing their arrival and facilitating their return with no meaningful steps taken to increase mobility nor safe and legal routes for refugees Little change is expected at the Valetta Summit or the ensuing European Summit on 12 November Read More Syrian refugees start a new life in Norway through resettlement November 02 2015 By Ina Strøm from Amnesty Norway Resettlement is a lifeline open to some of the world s most vulnerable refugees A young family from Syria tells us what a huge difference moving to Norway has made in their lives The Norwegian authorities deliberately scheduled the call on Kahraman s first birthday remembers Sherihan a 29 year old musician They said We have a gift for you You can come to Norway We didn t know anything about Norway but we were so happy In a bright apartment in a modest 1950s building in a quiet corner of Oslo Norway she and her husband are teasing each other This is how I see Norway says Hennan an artist aged 31 Children come first then the woman then the dog and at last the man They both laugh Blood spattered pieces of bread The happy scene is a million miles away from what they left behinhd in Aleppo Syria Those days were hard says Hennan I saw a man being shot by snipers on the way from the bakery Read More Refugee Crisis Media Hype On September 2 2015 the body of Alan Kurdi a young Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach His body was photographed and the photo circulated worldwide In the coming weeks a media blitz on the refugee crisis took the world by storm Everyone was talking about the Syrian refugee crisis what could be done how individuals and governments could help how the world could have turned a blind eye for so long But in the wake of all that coverage what has changed Did the media make a difference Have we finally begun to give the biggest refugee situation since World War II the attention it deserves PeaceGeeks Amnesty International and Hootsuite present PeaceTalks 29 Refugee Crisis and Media Hype a discussion of the refugee crisis and what can be done to affect real change Speakers include Caroline Dailly Manager at Immigrant Services Society of BC Zool Suleman Immigration Lawyer Policy Consultant Read More EU Balkans Summit must avert a looming refugee disaster as winter nears October 24 2015 Leaders from states along the main refugee route through the Balkans and Central Europe cannot walk out of yet another meeting in Brussels on Sunday without a workable plan of action that protects refugees needs and rights Amnesty International said today Night time temperatures in the Balkans are now in single digits and a humanitarian crisis looms as many thousands of refugees camp out in the cold each night as they pass through Serbia Croatia Slovenia and Austria most of them in the hope of eventually reaching Germany As winter looms the sight of thousands of refugees sleeping rough as they make their way through Europe represents a damning indictment of the European Union s failure to offer a forward thinking and coordinated response to the refugee crisis said John Dalhuisen Amnesty International s Director for Europe and Central Asia When Amnesty International researchers visited Brežice a town near the Slovenian border with Croatia on Thursday night some 2 000 refugees camped out in the open as the temperature plunged to around five degrees Celsius Read More Syria US ally s razing of villages amounts to war crimes October 12 2015 Released 00 01 BST Tuesday 13 October 2015 A fact finding mission

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  • Syria | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Syria Syria s refugee crisis the latest numbers February 04 2016 Refugees in the region More than 4 5 million refugees from Syria are in just five countries Turkey Lebanon Jordan Iraq and Egypt Turkey hosts 2 5 million refugees from Syria more than any other country worldwide Lebanon hosts approximately 1 1 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country Jordan hosts approximately 635 324 refugees from Syria which amounts to about 10 of the population Iraq where 3 9 million people are already internally displaced hosts 245 022 refugees from Syria Egypt hosts 117 658 refugees from Syria The UN s 2015 humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees was just 61 funded by the end of the year Funding shortages mean that the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just 21 60 per person month or around US 0 70 cent a day for food assistance well below the UN s poverty line of US 1 90 86 of Syrian refugees in urban areas in Jordan are living below the local

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  • 2.5 million actions and counting: Looking back at Write for Rights 2015 | Amnesty International Canada
    more to send strong human rights messages to world leaders and to stand in solidarity with people facing human rights abuses The numbers are still coming in but so far you re reporting an amazing 70 000 actions in Canada adding to a still growing global total of 2 5 million actions Haven t reported back yet You still can at writeathon ca We re so inspired by your photos and stories from December like St John s Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg where students made short videos on articles from the UN s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Ridley College in St Catharines pictured left who organized assembly speeches an interactive art installation a tea light vigil in the library and a student made documentary Another unique event was at Montreal s Dawson College where striking teachers wrote letters on the picket line Check out the Write for Rights 2015 facebook album A few highlights from around the world Amnesty International Netherlands pushed the boat out this year literally They launched their first ever letter writing marathon boat that sailed through Amsterdam s canals for 24 hours Amnesty International UK used stencil art on London s streets to draw attention to Waleed Abu Al Khair s case Activists also organized a kiss in in front of the Greek embassy to show support for Costas and other survivors of homophobic violence Amnesty International France staffed a letter writing station inside the Louvre art museum Amnesty International Taiwan created a video about taking Write for Rights into the schools in a big way reaching 14 000 students We ve received heart warming thanks from several people we stood with on December 10th Malaysian cartoonist and activist Zunar who faces a long prison sentence for a tweet shared his thanks the way he knows best with a cartoon He also added a few words by video I would like to say thank you to Amnesty International for highlighting my case Thank you to the Amnesty activists people from around the world who took part in the Write for Rights campaigns For taking part in the petitions the letter writings and doing drawings to protest my case to the Malaysian government Watch the video of Zunar s thanks to you During a January 29th visit between Amnesty International delegates and torture survivor Yecenia Armenta in Mexico the Amnesty representatives delivered hundreds of Write for Rights letters from around the world adding to the hundreds she had already read one by one She expressed her deep thanks in conversation with her visitors When I receive all these letters saying that I m not alone it makes me feel great And I think yes it s true I m not alone They really are supporting me It makes me happy It s exciting to think that there are people who still care about the rights of other people and they don t even know me I am immensely grateful and I think the activists are

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  • Write for Rights | Amnesty International Canada
    her at a student book class in 2006 I thought she looked like a boy And she wasn t afraid of anyone She was always debating with our classmates and talking about why globalization is good Read More 10 Ways You Can Write for Rights on December 10 November 12 2015 By Catherine Brunelle Write for Rights Support Team Have you ever wanted to make a difference but then felt totally overwhelmed by that massive idea We all have the potential to impact our world for good often by simply supporting a cause already in motion Amnesty International is inviting you to help change lives on December 10 International Human Rights Day with the world s biggest grassroots event for human rights Write for Rights Last year we sent 3 2 million letters and messages for human rights from 143 countries Here s a list of 10 ways you can get involved 1 Start with the simple stuff Read More 10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Write for Rights event November 10 2015 by Catherine Brunelle Write for Rights Support Team Amnesty Canada campaigner Hilary Homes has seen many events during her work with Amnesty activists As we approach Amnesty International s biggest global activism day of the year Write for Rights on International Human Rights Day December 10 we ve asked her to share some favourite organizing takeaways Haven t signed up yet Join Write for Rights at writeathon ca 1 Hold your event in a fun public space Partner with a coffee shop or library Or hold it in a university campus common space an art gallery or at the market Think of spaces that naturally have a lot of people It s an easy way to boost your numbers Read More You Saved My Life Now Let s Help Others October 27 2015 My name is Moses Akatugba For 10 years I was on death row in Nigeria I was arrested tortured and imprisoned when I was just 16 years old I was sentenced to death Police officers beat me with machetes and batons The pain I went through was unimaginable This May my execution was halted and I walked free Your Write for Rights letters saved my life Thank you Please help others who are being subjected to human rights abuses as I was Sign up for the 2015 Write for Rights campaign I am proof your Write for Rights letters work Without the thousands of letters sent in support of my case I might never have been granted my freedom Three other people were pardoned with me Amnesty International activists like you are my heroes You ve inspired me to become a human rights activist to fight for others Will you join me Will you fight to free the unjustly imprisoned as a participant in this year s Write for Rights Read More Interview with Chelsea Manning Why speaking out is worth the risk August 21 2015 Chelsea Manning is serving a 35 year prison sentence for leaking classified US government documents to the website WikiLeaks Two years after she was first sentenced Chelsea tells us why speaking out against injustice can be a once in a lifetime opportunity Q Why did you decide to leak documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan These documents were important because they relate to two connected counter insurgency conflicts in real time from the ground Humanity has never had this complete and detailed a record of what modern warfare actually looks like Once you realize that the co ordinates represent a real place where people live that the dates happened in our recent history that the numbers are actually human lives with all the love hope dreams hatred fear and nightmares that come with them then it s difficult to ever forget how important these documents are Read More Moses Pardoned May 28 2015 Moses Akatugba who was sentenced to death by hanging for stealing mobile phones has been granted a total pardon by Emmanuel Uduaghan the Governor of Delta State UPDATE JUNE 2 2015 THE RELEASE ORDER ARRIVED AT WARRI PRISON THIS AFTERNOON AND MOSES IS NOW FREE Thank you to the thousands of you who took action for Moses and urged the Governor to show mercy The news of his release comes days after thousands of Amnesty supporters sent Facebook and Twitter messages to Governor Uduaghan asking him to make sparing Moses part of his legacy before he steps down on 29 May Tens of thousands of Amnesty supporters also signed petitions as part of Amnesty s global campaign to Stop Torture and wrote letters as part of Amnesty s global event Write for Rights Together our voices really can make a difference thank you Tortured into a confession 16 year old Moses Akatugba was awaiting the results of his secondary school exams when his life changed forever Read More A letter of thanks from prison Jerryme Corre Philippines March 10 2015 By Gemma Regina Cunanan Director of Amnesty Philippines 5 March On 16 February Jerryme Corre celebrated his birthday joined by his wife and Amnesty Philippines staff at Angeles City Jail Jerryme has spent the last three years imprisoned there after police allegedly tortured him into a confession Gemma Regina Cunanan Director of Amnesty Philippines describes the day I can never give enough thanks These letters give me strength It also gives courage to my wife We are not alone in this fight Many people also seek justice for us Jerryme Corre When Jerryme walked out to meet us on Monday at Angeles City Jail his smile was wide Our team from Manila had brought thousands of letters from all over the world and a cake Read More Saudi Arabia The question on everybody s mind January 23 2015 By Sevag Kechichian Researcher on Saudi Arabia at Amnesty International The death of Saudi Arabia s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has once again focused international attention to the oil rich Middle Eastern country s human

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    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 Three human rights challenges in Canada s relationship with Saudi Arabia Tuesday February 2 2016 15 59 Photo Credit The Algonquin College Campus in Jazan Saudi Arabia By Alex Neve Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada Follow Alex on Twitter AlexNeveAmnesty There has been considerable debate recently about the revelations that Ottawa s Algonquin College as well as Niagara College in Welland has reached a lucrative deal to operate a campus in Saudi Arabia that will offer courses to men only It puts a third story about Canadian connections to human rights concerns in Saudi Arabia on the public record That unenviable statistic is sadly not at all surprising Amnesty International released a briefing paper this month in which we documented a sharp deterioration in respect for human rights in Saudi Arabia over the past year including a serious clampdown on free expression and deeply troubling findings that Saudi forces that have intervened in the conflict in neighbouring Yemen have been responsible for extensive violations including war crimes Canadian connection No 1 is the continuing worry about the fate of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi whose wife and three young children were welcomed to Canada as refugees and live in Sherbrooke Que as permanent residents Raif Badawi has been sentenced to a 10 year prison sentence and a punishment of 1 000 lashes to be meted out 50 at a time He was flogged 50 times back in January 2015 but the remaining 950 have been in abeyance since due likely to the considerable international outrage about his case Each week comes around however with the agonizing prospect that the lashes may resume And there is no sign yet that Raif Badawi who is a prisoner of conscience is about to be freed The other Saudi human rights story that circles back to Canada of course is the contract that will see the sale of 15 billion worth of light armoured vehicles to Saudi security forces by London Ontario based General Dynamics That deal was approved by the previous federal government and is still going ahead under the current government What assessment was carried out of the human rights consequences of selling military hardware to a country which notoriously crushes dissent and opposition and stands

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