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  • Stage your own performance of The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Stage your own performance of The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich is a factual thought provoking play that presents the story of Adolfo Ich an indigenous man and community leader who was murdered at a mining site in Guatemala Witnesses say the perpetrators were security guards working at the Canadian owned mine In the play we hear from the wife of Adolfo Ich and her Canadian lawyer as well as representatives of the Canadian mining company and the Canadian Government The Last Walk illustrates the serious human rights problems

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/Stage%20your%20own%20performance%20of%20The%20Last%20Walk%20of%20Adolfo%20Ich (2016-02-13)
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  • Lifesaver for ages 9 & up -- India: Help the people of Bhopal | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Get Involved Donate About Us Lifesaver for ages 9 up India Help the people of Bhopal Friday November 21 2014 16 52 Download the PDF here Safreen in a photo taken in Bhopal in 2014 Image courtesy Amnesty International Raghu Rai Magnum Photos Safreen Khan is 20 years old She lives beside a chemical factory in Bhopal India One night ten years before Safreen was born a deadly gas began leaking from the factory It killed 10 000 people in three days Safreen first heard about the Bhopal disaster when she was at school Then she said I tried to gather more information by asking my mother I came to understand that the problems that my family were going through started with the gas leak The disaster happened at midnight as December 2 rolled into December 3 1984 About half a million people suffered terrible health impacts Many of them could not afford doctors or medicine Many people were too sick to continue to work Interested by what she was learning Safreen went to some meetings in her community She watched her parents stand up for their rights with other protestors That inspired her I felt that if many older people can fight for justice then why don t we youngsters support them A lot of people are still suffering from bad health thirty years later The land around the factory has still not been cleaned up and the local water supply is polluted The factory is now owned by Dow Chemical Company Dow should give the survivors who were harmed by the disaster a lot of money for causing these problems And it should clean up the toxic mess around the factory In 2008 Safreen was among eight children who decided to organize themselves as Children Against Dow Carbide They wanted to show the elders that youngsters too are supporting the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/lifesaver-for-ages-9-up-india-help-the-people-of-bhopal (2016-02-13)
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  • Rights at Risk in Guatemala: One year on, concerns about mining and human rights remain | Amnesty International Canada
    in the room make beelines for courageous human rights defenders like Yolanda and Oscar Morales to capture their stories and reactions to the report Newspapers printed and reprinted the story Communities from all over Guatemala have raised the alarm about mining projects they say have been forced onto their communities For more than a decade communities opposed to mining say they have been ignored lied to or worse their leaders have been attacked Despite what companies tell their Canadian and international shareholders affected communities say that these projects do not have broad support or what companies call a social license to operate They also say that current mining laws do not protect their rights While we were in Guatemala to present our report a special congressional committee had just wrapped up several weeks of hearings on proposed amendments to the 1997 Mining Code Civil society opposed the amendments as did we warning that implementing them would deepen existing human rights harms The reforms could put mining affected communities at further risk Reforming the Mining Code was a political hot potato for which no one in government wanted responsibility Amnesty Activists Respond Over the last year thousands of Amnesty members around the globe took action They wrote letters to the Guatemalan President and asked him to halt the flawed reform process They asked him to initiate a new one based on genuine consultation with Indigenous peoples and civil society They urged him to respect the right to free prior informed consent In addition Amnesty staff in Europe and North America met with Guatemala s Ambassadors to discuss our report and share our concern that Guatemala is not living up to its international human rights obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights or its own court rulings Amnesty members also raised the alarm about attacks against human rights defenders Activists have paid a heavy price for their outspokenness They have been threatened attacked and criminalised for their work Some activists are in jail and others have been forced into hiding Women activists have faced sexual violence and gender discrimination In 2013 Margaret Sekaggya former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders noted that activists working to protect land and territories from development face significant human rights risk She named Guatemala as one of the most dangerous places for such work Some communities have made the link between the militarization of their communities such as the opening military bases and the government s attempts to crush community resistance to mining They are speaking out against the use of special procedures such as issuing a State of Emergency to crack down on anti mining dissent It is dangerous and stressful work for activists and their families But the work continues Knowledge is power Being well informed is crucial to a meaningful and fair consultation process Communities point out and evidence obtained by Amnesty shows that mining companies

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/rights-at-risk-in-guatemala-one-year-on-concerns-about-mining-and-human-rights-remain (2016-02-13)
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  • Guatemala stokes conflict around mining by failing to consult communities | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia Guatemala stokes conflict around mining by failing to consult communities News releases September 19 2014 Photo Local leader Yolanda Oquelí who suffered an assassination attempt on June 2012 due to her involvement warns the Guatemalan government will be held responsible for any blood spilled Released 08 30 CST 19 September 2014 The Guatemalan government is fuelling the fires of conflict by failing to consult local communities before awarding mining licences to companies effectively raising the risk of bloodshed and bulldozing over the rights of its people said Amnesty International today Download Mining in Guatemala Rights at risk here Guatemala s mining laws are stoking conflict now is the moment to act Send a message urging the President of Guatemala to reform Guatemala s mining law to bring it in line with international human rights standards The report Mining in Guatemala Rights at risk published today exposes significant gaps in protection for communities affected by mining projects New legislation put forward by the Guatemalan government not only fails to address widespread concerns among Indigenous and rural communities about a lack of consultation but includes measures that may exacerbate existing tensions The proposed legislation effectively side steps the concerns of communities It does not address the issue of consultation in any meaningful way If enacted it would essentially mean that communities views and concerns continue to be ignored This is a significant missed opportunity said Erika Guevara Rosas Americas Director of Amnesty International Reforms to the Mining Law are currently before Congress having been drafted in 2012 However the proposed reforms will simply replicate the current loopholes allowing just 10 days for challenges to licence applications exacerbating the problem of lack of consultation Tensions over a lack of fair process and proper consultation have previously led to violent confrontations with protesters clashing with security guards and police over the proposed mine site International human rights standards require that those potentially affected by mining projects must be consulted and adequately informed and that projects on Indigenous peoples land should only proceed with their free prior and informed consent Analyzing the implications of any mining project takes time and 10 days to respond to a licence application is not realistic for communities who might be affected and therefore need to examine the proposal carefully said Erika Guevara Rosas We re concerned that the violence

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/guatemala-stokes-conflict-around-mining-by-failing-to-consult-communities (2016-02-13)
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  • Lifesaver for ages 9 & up: Provide justice in Canada for people harmed by Canadian companies abroad | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Get Involved Donate About Us Lifesaver for ages 9 up Provide justice in Canada for people harmed by Canadian companies abroad Tuesday April 8 2014 15 38 Germán chub speaks about the impact a Canadian company has had on him James Rodríguez www mimundo org Imagine finding out that your drinking water is polluted the walls of your house have cracked you are developing rashes on your legs or a neighbour has just been attacked These are some of the impacts that communities abroad sometimes experience when Canadian companies start mining for gold nickel oil or other resources nearby When people are hurt by the actions of Canadian companies operating in other countries does the Canadian government help them find justice in Canada The sad answer is that it does not Germán Chub is a young man from the community of La Unión in eastern Guatemala Germán pronounced erMAN loves watching soccer One day in September 2009 he was watching a game when he heard a disturbance not far from the field He walked in the direction of the noise Residents say that private security guards from a nearby mine were trying to evict townspeople from the area A crowd had gathered to protest As Germán was watching the commotion someone shot him He is now paralyzed from the waist down and has lost the use of one of his lungs Germán has paid a terrible price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time Germán believes that it was the security guards who shot him He has a right to find out who is responsible and to see them brought to trial Since the security guards worked for a mining operation owned by a Canadian company he has filed a lawsuit in a Canadian court against the company Germán is fortunate that his is the first ever case that a Canadian court has agreed to consider Others who have been harmed by Canadian companies operations abroad haven t had that opportunity Sometimes this is because they don t have enough money to travel to Canada for the court case Sometimes the Canadian courts say that Canada isn t the right place to consider the lawsuit Too

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/lifesaver-for-ages-9-up-provide-justice-in-canada-for-people-harmed-by (2016-02-13)
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  • Open letter: Launch of Injustice Incorporated | Amnesty International Canada
    You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Open letter Launch of Injustice Incorporated Open letters May 08 2014 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa Ontario K1A 0A2 May 8 2014 Dear Prime Minister Harper As an integral part of Amnesty International s ongoing effort within Canada and globally to encourage businesses and governments to ensure that company operations promote strong human rights protection and do not lead to human rights abuses our international office has recently published the enclosed book Injustice Incorporated Advancing the Right to Remedy for Corporate Abuses of Human Rights We are officially launching the book in Canada today at a conference at Ryerson University s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility Read Introduction and Conclusions Download full report Please find enclosed a copy of the book which we hope will help inform what we consider to be longstanding and sorely needed reforms in Canada to better ensure corporate accountability for human rights in general and access to effective remedies in particular We are providing the book to you personally as we believe that the legal institutional and policy reforms that are needed to ensure accountability for human rights in the overseas operations of Canadian companies and to provide individuals and communities who may experience human rights abuses associated with those operations access to an effective remedy involve a number of different government departments including International Trade Foreign Affairs Industry Canada and Justice While we have engaged with various government departments with respect to these issues and will continue to do so we are of the view that the leadership of the Prime Minister is required to bring the required aspects together and move the necessary reforms forward across government The book underscores the critical importance of ensuring that individuals or communities who have experienced human rights abuses or violations associated with the operations of a company have meaningful access to an effective remedy for the harms they have endured Access to remedy is a fundamental component to the protect respect and remedy framework laid out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011 and supported by Canada Amnesty International urges companies to ensure that they carry out business in conformity with their human rights responsibilities as recognized under international law Amnesty International also urges governments to take action including through legal institutional and policy reforms to fulfill their binding obligation to ensure that companies that are subject to their jurisdiction do not cause or contribute to human rights abuses and violations With that in mind we are providing you with a copy of the book for two important reasons First for several years Amnesty International and numerous other Canadian organizations and experts have pointed to an urgent need for reforms to strengthen the accountability of Canadian corporations particularly in the extractives sector for human rights Canadian mining oil and gas companies operate around the world

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/open-letters/open-letter-launch-of-injustice-incorporated (2016-02-13)
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  • Who does the law protect? New book by Amnesty International calls for major change to ensure corporate accountability and the right to an effective remedy | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia Who does the law protect New book by Amnesty International calls for major change to ensure corporate accountability and the right to an effective remedy News releases May 08 2014 Toronto Amnesty International today launched in Canada a major new publication on the right to remedy for victims of corporate human rights abuses at a conference on corporate social responsibility at Ryerson University The book entitled Injustice Incorporated Corporate Abuses and the Human Right to Remedy Injustice Incorporated provides a comprehensive framework for substantially changing the legal imbalance between vulnerable individuals and powerful companies Read the Summary Report The book was sent today to Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a letter from the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada s English Branch Alex Neve and Director General of the Francophone Branch Béatrice Vaugrante They highlight that the book will help inform longstanding and sorely needed reforms in Canada to better ensure corporate accountability for human rights in general and access to effective remedies in particular The letter draws attention to two Canadian cases that are included in the book and lays out recommendations to guide legal policy and institutional reform for the Canadian government Noting that these reforms cover a number of government departments and require leadership from the Prime Minister Neve and Vaugrante asked to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the proposals Victims of human rights abuses frequently face significant challenges when seeking remedy Business and Human Rights Campaigner Tara Scurr noted These difficulties are even greater when multinational corporations have perpetrated those abuses When foreign victims of human rights violations involving Canadian companies operating overseas have sought remedy in Canada they have generally failed to obtain justice This accountability gap needs to be fixed The global nature of multinational companies and their political and financial power raise very specific challenges for the right to effective remedy Current law and policy does not adequately address these particular obstacles Injustice Incorporated examines what happens when poor communities confront powerful multinational

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/who-does-the-law-protect-new-book-by-amnesty-international-calls-for-major-change (2016-02-13)
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  • One Year Anniversary of Mt Polley | Amnesty International Canada
    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 One Year Anniversary of Mt Polley Tuesday August 4 2015 09 41 By Fiona Koza and Tara Scurr Today marks the first anniversary of what has been called the largest mining disaster in British Columbia s history In the middle of the night on August 4 2014 residents say they were awakened by what sounded like hundreds of jumbo jets flying overhead a sound that continued for hours as millions of litres of tailings water rushed from Mt Polley s mine tailings impoundment into Polley Lake down Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake Shaken and knowing something had gone terribly wrong at the mine those who were awake rushed to call emergency services while others jumped in quads boats and trucks to warn people who were camping or living along the lake In the early hours of panic and fear residents told Amnesty researchers they didn t know whether the community s children were at risk if they should seek higher ground or if they should stay put As communications were established and information began trickling through the scale of the disaster became evident That day residents and the world found out that the tailings impoundment at Imperial Metals Mount Polley copper mine in Central BC had

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/one-year-anniversary-of-mt-polley (2016-02-13)
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