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  • Egypt's myth of stability: Gross abuses don't deliver security | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Egypt s myth of stability Gross abuses don t deliver security Wednesday January 27 2016 12 23 Photo Credit PEDRO UGARTE AFP Getty Images By Nicholas Piachaud Egypt Researcher at Amnesty International Five years ago human rights defender Ahmed Abdullah was among thousands of Egyptians who took to the streets for 18 days of mass protests in Cairo s Tahrir Square eventually forcing then President Hosni Mubarak to step down and the security forces to retreat Today Ahmed is on the run He dodged arrest by the thinnest of margins on January 9 after plainclothes police in Cairo raided his regular coffee shop The NGO which he chairs the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms had recently exposed a surge in enforced disappearances which has seen hundreds vanish at the hands of state security forces over the last year alone He is not the only one whose activism has put him at risk In recent weeks security forces have been rounding up activists linked to protests and journalists critical of the government s record Five years since the uprising that ousted Mubarak Egypt is once more a police state The country s ubiquitous state security body the National Security Agency is firmly in charge Egypt s human rights defenders say they have their backs to the wall with rights groups stripped of their funding and many of their staff banned from traveling and under criminal investigation The secret police are everywhere They re listening to your calls They re monitoring what you post on social media They re prowling the streets Seeing terrorism everywhere but unable to catch it they have cast a net so wide as to encompass all of Egypt This botched counter terror campaign has seen peaceful dissenters locked up while armed groups slip through the net Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in the crackdown nearly 12 000 of them last year according to one Interior Ministry official Prisons police stations and other detention facilities are full to breaking point Prisoners and detainees are packed into overcrowded cells and forced to sleep on cold concrete floors without adequate food medicine or clothing Injustice is writ large Last December a court had to adjourn a high profile trial because the hundreds of defendants who include the prominent photojournalist Shawkan couldn t fit in the courtroom The criminal justice system has spiraled out of control One 20 year old man Mahmoud Hussein has languished behind bars for nearly two years without charge or trial simply

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  • Egypt | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Egypt Egypt s myth of stability Gross abuses don t deliver security January 27 2016 By Nicholas Piachaud Egypt Researcher at Amnesty International Five years ago human rights defender Ahmed Abdullah was among thousands of Egyptians who took to the streets for 18 days of mass protests in Cairo s Tahrir Square eventually forcing then President Hosni Mubarak to step down and the security forces to retreat Today Ahmed is on the run He dodged arrest by the thinnest of margins on January 9 after plainclothes police in Cairo raided his regular coffee shop The NGO which he chairs the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms had recently exposed a surge in enforced disappearances which has seen hundreds vanish at the hands of state security forces over the last year alone He is not the only one whose activism has put him at risk In recent weeks security forces have been rounding up activists linked to protests and journalists critical of the government s record Five years since the uprising that ousted Mubarak Egypt is once more a police state The country s ubiquitous state security body the National Security Agency is firmly in charge Read More Egypt s courageous few fighting for human rights January 22 2016 By Mohamed Lotfy Executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms and former researcher for Amnesty International Never before in my 10 year career has working on human rights in Egypt been so dangerous Today in Egypt human rights activists lawyers political activists and independent journalists all have to live with their

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  • Celebrating a great day for human rights in Canada | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Celebrating a great day for human rights in Canada Tuesday January 26 2016 10 00 This is a great day for First Nations children and all Canadians who believe in justice and fairness Dr Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child and Family Caring Society In a landmark decision issued today the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the federal government s longstanding underfunding of child and family services on First Nations reserves and in the Yukon is a form of racial discrimination that must be stopped Here are three reasons this decision is so important Underfunding of child and family services has denied First Nations children the protection they deserve and has hurt First Nations families and communities Despite greater needs and the often higher costs of providing services in small and remote communities the federal government has long provided much less funding per child than the provinces and territories provide for all other children in need One result as the Tribunal concluded is to create an incentive to remove children from their families and communities and put them into state care Today the numbers of First Nations children being taken into care is even higher than at the height of the residential school era and has many of the same effects including loss of culture language and identity The Tribunal has ordered immediate action to address this discrimination including through implementation of Jordan s Principle a Canadian standard that says that the needs of children must come first regardless of any issues jurisdiction The Tribunal also said it will oversee a process to consider in greater detail the recommendations for systemic reform brought forwrd by the Caring Society and the AFN The Tribunal has decisively rejected the federal s government s efforts to limit the scope of the Canadian Human Rights Act Throughout an 8 year long process including multiple court appeals the federal government has tried to argue that the prohibition of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act shouldn t apply to the effects of its funding decisions in First Nations communities The federal government also fought against the use of international human rights standards like the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Declaration on

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  • Discrimination Against First Nations Children in Canada | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Discrimination Against First Nations Children in Canada Celebrating a great day for human rights in Canada January 26 2016 This is a great day for First Nations children and all Canadians who believe in justice and fairness Dr Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child and Family Caring Society In a landmark decision issued today the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the federal government s longstanding underfunding of child and family services on First Nations reserves and in the Yukon is a form of racial discrimination that must be stopped Read More Landmark Human Rights Tribunal decision a victory for First Nations children and for the Canadian human rights system January 26 2016 Amnesty International welcomes today s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which has ordered the federal government to take immediate action to end the discriminatory underfunding of child and family services for First Nations children on reserves and in the Yukon Although the provinces and territories have jurisdiction to set standards for child welfare services the federal government sets the funding levels for those services delivered to First Nations children and families on reserves and in the Yukon The Tribunal concluded that the federal government s arbitrary funding formula fails to consider

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/category/issue/discrimination-against-first-nations-children-canada (2016-02-13)
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  • Indigenous Peoples | Amnesty International Canada
    the federal government s arbitrary funding formula fails to consider the actual service needs of First Nations children and families and creates incentives to remove children from their homes and communities The discrimination complaint initiated by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations first came before the Tribunal in 2008 Amnesty International intervened in the case as did Chiefs of Ontario Read More Prominent national organizations seek commitment that inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be truly national and comprehensive January 22 2016 In an open letter sent this week five national organizations that have been deeply involved in efforts to expose and address violence against Indigenous women and girls call on the federal government to ensure that the forthcoming national inquiry can Read More An historic moment for the rights of First Nations children January 20 2016 Reconciliation means not having to say sorry twice Dr Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Education Health Care Child protection For years persistent federal government underfunding of these basic services in First Nations reserves has put children at risk It has denied them the kinds of opportunities that other young people in Canada often take for granted And it has stood in the way of First Nations communities healing from the terrible harms inflicted through the residential schools programme and other colonialist policies Now we may be on the verge of an historic breakthrough Next Tuesday January 26 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is scheduled to deliver its long awaited decision on whether or not the federal government s underfunding of child protections services and other family supports is a form of racial discrimination Read More Peace Valley British Columbia Respect for Indigenous Rights Can t Wait January 07 2016 The province of British Columbia is pushing ahead with construction of a hydro electric megaproject in the Peace River Valley despite unresolved legal challenges from First Nations A camp set up by community members at an historic site in the path of BC Hydro s efforts to clear the planned reservoir has led to a temporary halt in logging But the community members now face the risk of arrest for their actions The rapidly evolving situation highlights the urgent need for the federal government to honour its Treaty commitments by suspending all federal licenses and permits for the project so that the underlying issues of Constitutionally protected rights and due process can be addressed The following is a press released issued by the community members First Nations Prepare for Arrest to Stop Site C Dam Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land call on Trudeau to stop megadam in B C s Peace Valley Read More Webcast with Thomas King author of The Inconvenient Indian Join us for this conversation between Thomas King and Craig Benjamin If you are not on the Amnesty Book Club Newsletter you are encouraged to sign up and not miss the event Sign up for the newsletter at AmnestyBookClub ca The event will revolve around Mr King s 2015 Amnesty Book Club Reader s Choice Selection The Inconvenient Indian All are welcome and you do not need to have read the book to enjoy the conversation If you have questions for Mr King the Book Club or about this event in general please send an email to bookclub amnesty ca Don t miss The Inconvenient Indian discussion guide for more insights into the book and Amnesty s work with Indigenous Peoples Read More Trudeau needs to take a hard second look at the Site C dam December 14 2015 By Perry Bellegarde national chief of the Assembly of First Nations and Alex Neve secretary general of Amnesty International Canada Every day federal and provincial governments make decisions about resource development projects Some are relatively benign decisions with few or no impacts on First Nations rights Others carry the potential for massive and irreversible impacts on the rights of First Nations British Columbia s planned Site C hydroelectric dam falls into the latter category It will have devastating impacts on the rights and territories of Treaty 8 First Nations in B C Approval for Site C means approval for flooding the last pristine stretch of the Peace River valley west of Fort St John turning it into a massive reservoir Read More New statistics on violence against Aboriginal people released November 25 2015 A new report released today by Statistics Canada shows that Indigenous people are six times more likely than other people in Canada to be murdered Amnesty International has long called for systematic publicly available data on the Aboriginal identity of both the victims and perpetrators of violence Such data can be crucial to better understand and eliminate violence When the first national statistics on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls were released in 2014 by the RCMP Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women An National Operational Overview the data was widely misrepresented and oversimplified in public debate The numbers show a complex and pervasive pattern of violence against Indigenous women and girls Amnesty International is still reviewing the data in the latest report but we feel it is important to emphasize the following Read More Respecting consent of Indigenous peoples an urgent priority November 24 2015 Respect for Indigenous peoples right of free prior and informed FPIC must be a matter of urgent priority for any government committed to a respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples This is part of a message to the the new Prime Minister and his Cabinet from Indigenous peoples organizations human rights groups environmentalists and others In an open letter sent today 16 organizations from across Canada called on the federal government to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples governments and organizations to ensure that Read More Open letter on Free prior and informed consent November 24 2015 Dear Prime Minister Our organizations welcome your public commitment to a renewed relationship between the federal government and Indigenous Peoples in Canada

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/category/issue/indigenous-peoples-0 (2016-02-13)
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  • The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples | Amnesty International Canada
    and destroy important cultural sites and a unique ecosystem Read More Celebrating a great day for human rights in Canada January 26 2016 This is a great day for First Nations children and all Canadians who believe in justice and fairness Dr Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child and Family Caring Society In a landmark decision issued today the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the federal government s longstanding underfunding of child and family services on First Nations reserves and in the Yukon is a form of racial discrimination that must be stopped Read More Landmark Human Rights Tribunal decision a victory for First Nations children and for the Canadian human rights system January 26 2016 Amnesty International welcomes today s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which has ordered the federal government to take immediate action to end the discriminatory underfunding of child and family services for First Nations children on reserves and in the Yukon Although the provinces and territories have jurisdiction to set standards for child welfare services the federal government sets the funding levels for those services delivered to First Nations children and families on reserves and in the Yukon The Tribunal concluded that the federal government s arbitrary funding formula fails to consider the actual service needs of First Nations children and families and creates incentives to remove children from their homes and communities The discrimination complaint initiated by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations first came before the Tribunal in 2008 Amnesty International intervened in the case as did Chiefs of Ontario Read More Peace Valley British Columbia Respect for Indigenous Rights Can t Wait January 07 2016 The province of British Columbia is pushing ahead with construction of a hydro electric megaproject in the Peace River Valley despite unresolved legal challenges from First Nations A camp set up by community members at an historic site in the path of BC Hydro s efforts to clear the planned reservoir has led to a temporary halt in logging But the community members now face the risk of arrest for their actions The rapidly evolving situation highlights the urgent need for the federal government to honour its Treaty commitments by suspending all federal licenses and permits for the project so that the underlying issues of Constitutionally protected rights and due process can be addressed The following is a press released issued by the community members First Nations Prepare for Arrest to Stop Site C Dam Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land call on Trudeau to stop megadam in B C s Peace Valley Read More Respecting consent of Indigenous peoples an urgent priority November 24 2015 Respect for Indigenous peoples right of free prior and informed FPIC must be a matter of urgent priority for any government committed to a respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples This is part of a message to the the new Prime Minister and his Cabinet from Indigenous peoples organizations human rights

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/category/issue/united-nations-declaration-rights-indigenous-peoples (2016-02-13)
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  • Indigenous Peoples in Canada | Amnesty International Canada
    sets the funding levels for those services delivered to First Nations children and families on reserves and in the Yukon The Tribunal concluded that the federal government s arbitrary funding formula fails to consider the actual service needs of First Nations children and families and creates incentives to remove children from their homes and communities The discrimination complaint initiated by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations first came before the Tribunal in 2008 Amnesty International intervened in the case as did Chiefs of Ontario Read More Prominent national organizations seek commitment that inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be truly national and comprehensive January 22 2016 In an open letter sent this week five national organizations that have been deeply involved in efforts to expose and address violence against Indigenous women and girls call on the federal government to ensure that the forthcoming national inquiry can Read More An historic moment for the rights of First Nations children January 20 2016 Reconciliation means not having to say sorry twice Dr Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Education Health Care Child protection For years persistent federal government underfunding of these basic services in First Nations reserves has put children at risk It has denied them the kinds of opportunities that other young people in Canada often take for granted And it has stood in the way of First Nations communities healing from the terrible harms inflicted through the residential schools programme and other colonialist policies Now we may be on the verge of an historic breakthrough Next Tuesday January 26 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is scheduled to deliver its long awaited decision on whether or not the federal government s underfunding of child protections services and other family supports is a form of racial discrimination Read More Peace Valley British Columbia Respect for Indigenous Rights Can t Wait January 07 2016 The province of British Columbia is pushing ahead with construction of a hydro electric megaproject in the Peace River Valley despite unresolved legal challenges from First Nations A camp set up by community members at an historic site in the path of BC Hydro s efforts to clear the planned reservoir has led to a temporary halt in logging But the community members now face the risk of arrest for their actions The rapidly evolving situation highlights the urgent need for the federal government to honour its Treaty commitments by suspending all federal licenses and permits for the project so that the underlying issues of Constitutionally protected rights and due process can be addressed The following is a press released issued by the community members First Nations Prepare for Arrest to Stop Site C Dam Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land call on Trudeau to stop megadam in B C s Peace Valley Read More Respecting consent of Indigenous peoples an urgent priority November 24 2015 Respect for Indigenous peoples right of free prior

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  • Egypt's courageous few fighting for human rights | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Egypt s courageous few fighting for human rights Friday January 22 2016 14 18 Photo Credit Amnesty International By Mohamed Lotfy Executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms and former researcher for Amnesty International Never before in my 10 year career has working on human rights in Egypt been so dangerous Today in Egypt human rights activists lawyers political activists and independent journalists all have to live with their phone calls being tapped endless smear campaigns and hate speech from state affiliated media as well as continuous harassment and intimidation from the authorities For some this relentless persecution can even lead to arbitrary arrest prolonged detention harsh sentences after unfair trials and sometimes even torture enforced disappearance at the hands of the state or death in custody as a result of medical negligence This is pretty much the same list of human rights violations suffered by the people whose rights such defenders are meant to be protecting through their activism and work In the mind set of those holding power today in Egypt civil society and the media are merely tools to be used and abused however they wish Independent civil society is not supposed to exist let alone organizations working to promote human rights In such a climate of fear those who continue to defend human rights are truly bravehearted On 9 January 2016 my colleague chairperson of the board of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms ECRF Dr Ahmed Abdullah narrowly escaped an attempt by security agents to abduct him at a coffee shop he often frequents in Giza Three security agents in plainclothes arrived in a privately owned unmarked car raided the coffee shop and questioned staff about him When they were told that he was not present they conducted a thorough search of the coffee shop They failed to produce an arrest or search warrant from the public prosecution meaning there was no legal basis for the search This incident took place following a spate of arrests of peaceful liberal political activists between December 2015 and early January 2016 Some now face trumped up charges such as belonging to the 25 January movement a movement that noone has ever heard of before Others are charged with organizing and participating in protests in defiance of Egypt s draconian protest law Many continue to languish in jail in inhuman conditions Since 27 December 2015 I have been forced to leave my home and go into hiding because of a rumor on social media that security forces were on their

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