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  • Amnesty on the Ground: "We were unprepared for the sight of Hazeltine Creek" | Amnesty International Canada
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  • Amnesty on the Ground: Mission to Mount Polley mine disaster | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Amnesty on the Ground Mission to Mount Polley mine disaster Tuesday July 21 2015 16 38 By Tara L Scurr Campaigner Business and Human Rights Today AI Canada s Business and Human Rights research team arrived in the jaw droppingly beautiful village of Likely in the centre of the province of British Columbia On August 4 2014 Likely was the scene of one of the largest tailings pond breaches in Canadian history when the Mount Polley copper mine tailings dam burst sending 25 million cubic metres of water and mine waste rushing into local creeks and lakes Tiny creek beds were scoured trees snapping like match sticks as the waters rushed down from the dam into Polley Lake Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake depositing tailings across the landscape as it went We re here for the next few days to listen to people s stories about what happened that day how the company and the government of British Columbia responded to the disaster and how in the 11 months since residents are getting on with their lives As we left behind the traffic of Vancouver the impossible heat of Lytton and climbed in 3000 feet in elevation to Williams Lake we wondered what kind of reaction our research team would receive from people in the area The Mount Polley spill was a major event here making international news Over the intervening 11 months dozens of researchers reporters government workers and scientists have convened on the Cariboo region to interview photograph test analyze question and

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/amnesty-on-the-ground-mission-to-mount-polley-mine-disaster (2016-02-13)
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  • Ivanhoe | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Ivanhoe Villagers protest against the mining project during a visit by Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu KyiMarch 13 2013 Photo REUTERS Soe Zeya Tun Take Action to Hold Canadian Company Accountable Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines now called Turquoise Hill Resources lied publicly about its Myanmar joint venture selling copper to Burmese security forces says a new report by Amnesty International Ivanhoe Mines also used secrecy jurisdictions in the Caribbean to evade scrutiny over the sale of assets in Myanmar Burma and to dodge Canada s economic sanctions against Myanmar at the time A breach of these sanctions is a criminal offence Send a letter now to the Canadian government calling for a prompt investigation TAKE ACTION NOW Background Amnesty International began expressing concern and raising questions about Ivanhoe Mines business partnership with the Myanmar government over a decade ago Because the company s dealings were so opaque it wasn t until a WikiLeaks revelation that Amnesty International researchers were able to gather sufficient information to demonstrate the company s wrong doing and to substantiate our call for an investigation into Ivanhoe Mines operations in Myanmar Read the Full Report Here Read a Summary of the Report Canadian mining company violates human rights in Myanmar Take action online today In the mid 1990s Ivanhoe Mines began a joint venture with the Myanmar government to mine copper in Monywa In 2007 Ivanhoe Mines sold its 50 stake in the joint venture to an independent third party Trust established by Ivanhoe in the British Virgin Islands and charged with finding a buyer for the Myanmar assets Since 2010 2011 the Monywa project has been in the hands of a controversial Chinese Myanmar military partnership Ivanhoe Mines has never explained how this happened Amnesty International received information supporting Wikileaks revelations that a well known crony of the Myanmar government was paid for negotiating this sale Amnesty International also uncovered information that the third party Trust was not independent and that Ivanhoe Mines continued to have oversight of the Trust s sale of the Myanmar assets The sale occurred at a time when Canadian US and EU economic sanctions applied to all dealings with the Myanmar military and its cronies Ivanhoe claimed in public filings with Canadian authorities that its joint venture sold all of the copper that it produced in Myanmar to a Japanese trading company However it turns out that the list of whom the joint venture actually sold the copper to reads like a who s who of the Myanmar security forces and its establishments Copper was sold to amongst others a number

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/issues/business-and-human-rights/ivanhoe (2016-02-13)
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  • Campaign Digest: 30 Years is Too Long to Get Justice | Amnesty International Canada
    Penalty in 2014 Death Penalty in Canada Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns No More Stolen Sisters Kwe Standing With Our Sisters Open for Justice Stop Torture Stop Torture Act Stop Torture Learn Stop Torture Share Stop Torture Tools Priority Countries Canada Human Rights Agenda for Canada 2015 Canada Votes 2015 What you can do Questions for Candidates No Giving Up A year of challenges and determination China Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Mexico Zimbabwe Russia Central African Republic The Rebellion in the Middle East and North Africa Libya Bahrain Yemen Egypt Tunisia Syria Iran Iraq Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigeria Ukraine Individuals at Risk Case Updates Huseyin Celil Raif Badawi Good News 2014 in Pictures 2015 in Pictures Projects Syrian refugees Global Campaign to Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Campaign Digest 30 Years is Too Long to Get Justice The cry for justice from Bhopal India rings as clearly now as it did 30 years ago 30 years after the Bhopal gas leak which killed an estimated 20 000 people and sickened tens of thousands of others survivors and their families still seek justice for the tragedy

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/lead-in-your-community/campaign-digest-30-years-is-too-long-to-get-justice (2016-02-13)
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  • Toronto members mark 30th anniversary of Bhopal disaster | Amnesty International Canada
    Human Right The Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights Death Penalty Support Abolition Death Penalty in 2013 Death Penalty in 2014 Death Penalty in Canada Health and Human Rights International Human Rights Principles Campaigns No More Stolen Sisters Kwe Standing With Our Sisters Open for Justice Stop Torture Stop Torture Act Stop Torture Learn Stop Torture Share Stop Torture Tools Priority Countries Canada Human Rights Agenda for Canada 2015 Canada Votes 2015 What you can do Questions for Candidates No Giving Up A year of challenges and determination China Colombia Colombia Indigenous Survival Make it Visible Slideshow Take Action This is what we Demand Art Project Background Resources Donate Contact Mexico Zimbabwe Russia Central African Republic The Rebellion in the Middle East and North Africa Libya Bahrain Yemen Egypt Tunisia Syria Iran Iraq Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigeria Ukraine Individuals at Risk Case Updates Huseyin Celil Raif Badawi Good News 2014 in Pictures 2015 in Pictures Projects Syrian refugees Global Campaign to Stop Torture Focus on priority countries China Illegal Detention and Torture Europe Human Rights Migration Control Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force Strategic Arms Controls Working Against the Death Penalty Treatment of Prisoners Setting and Upholding Standards Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Vietnam and Cambodia Individuals at Risk Focus on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Toronto members mark 30th anniversary of Bhopal disaster Thursday April 9 2015 16 26 To mark the 30th anniversary of the world s worst industrial disaster in Bhopal India members of the Business Human Rights Team in Toronto organized multiple

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/toronto-members-mark-30th-anniversary-of-bhopal-disaster (2016-02-13)
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  • New poll backs calls for US corporation to face court over Bhopal disaster | Amnesty International Canada
    Bhopal in the last six months Calls for US government action The poll of 1 011 Indians living in urban areas and 1 000 US adults reveals strong support in both countries for the US and Indian governments to ensure that Union Carbide is held to account for the Bhopal disaster Seventy per cent of Indians and 45 per cent of US nationals surveyed believed that the US government should play a role in holding the corporation to account against 24 and 30 respectively who disagreed This result should act as a wake up call to the US government which has until now effectively provided a safe haven for Union Carbide said Salil Shetty While the USA would never stand for a foreign owned company evading accountability after wreaking havoc on its soil it seems to be less concerned when the tables are turned Clean up of the site Sixty six per cent of Indian and 45 per cent of US respondents believe that the companies who owned and operated the Bhopal site should pay for the clean up of the contamination Pollution from the abandoned site has contaminated the local water supply posing a serious ongoing threat to the health of surrounding communities Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals refuse to pay for a clean up Paltry compensation for victims and survivors The only area of disagreement between Indian and American respondents came over compensation for the disaster Union Carbide agreed to pay US 470 million equivalent to around 900 million in today s money in 1989 around 14 per cent of the US 3 3 billion figure that the Indian government had initially demanded The Government of India is now seeking additional compensation from the company Half of Indians surveyed said that the compensation package should be reopened with only 27 per cent believing it to be a just settlement In the US sample by contrast only 21 believed the 1989 settlement should be reassessed with nearly half 47 per cent believing it should stay as it is The terms of the 1989 agreement were completely egregious and almost completely in Union Carbide s favour said Salil Shetty It has been a major disappointment that legal technicalities have obstructed basic justice The law has to be an instrument in service of justice for victims not a web of processes that shields the perpetrator 470 million amounted to around 1000 per person affected by the disaster including people who lost their livelihoods completely Compare that to the 20 billion that British oil giant BP was made to pay in compensation for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the southern US coast in 2010 In a significant development last month the Indian government bowed to pressure from campaigners and promised to rely on scientific data medical research and hospital records and accordingly revise the numbers of deaths and injuries for which it is seeking compensation The move was widely welcomed by Bhopal survivors and prompted five women campaigners to end a

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/new-poll-backs-calls-for-us-corporation-to-face-court-over-bhopal-disaster (2016-02-13)
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  • Hollywood takes on corporate giants over Bhopal gas disaster | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia Hollywood takes on corporate giants over Bhopal gas disaster Children playing around the contaminated Solar Evaporation Pond in Bhopal India Amnesty International News releases November 06 2014 Martin Sheen clip from Bhopal A Prayer for Rain Released 7 November 2014 00 01 GMT Hollywood movie star Martin Sheen will join Amnesty International s battle to finally hold Union Carbide accountable for what is widely considered to be one of the world s worst industrial disasters as he launches his latest film in Los Angeles on Friday Those who survived have faced long term health problems but receive little medical help For 30 years the survivors of Bhopal have campaigned for justice for fair compensation health care and for Union Carbide now owned by Dow Chemicals to be held to account Martin Sheen actor Bhopal A Prayer for Rain is a compelling account of the events that led to more than half a million people being poisoned by toxic gas leaking from Union Carbide s pesticide plant in Bhopal India on 2 December 1984 Mischa Barton and Kal Penn best known for their roles in The O C and Harold Kumar also star in the drama Those who survived have faced long term health problems but receive little medical help For 30 years the survivors of Bhopal have campaigned for justice for fair compensation health care and for Union Carbide now owned by Dow Chemicals to be held to account said Martin Sheen This was not an unavoidable accident There is evidence that the companies responsible for the factory site failed to take adequate precautions both before and after the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/hollywood-takes-on-corporate-giants-over-bhopal-gas-disaster (2016-02-13)
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  • India: Dow Chemical must comply with new Court summons on Bhopal disaster | Amnesty International Canada
    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 India Dow Chemical must comply with new Court summons on Bhopal disaster News releases August 04 2014 The Dow Chemical Company must stop dodging its responsibility towards the survivors of the Bhopal disaster Amnesty International said today after an Indian Court issued a third criminal summons to the company over the catastrophic 1984 gas leak which left thousands dead and many more with chronic and debilitating illnesses The time has come for Dow to appear in an Indian court and account for the failure of its wholly owned subsidiary Union Carbide to respond to the criminal charges against it said Audrey Gaughran Amnesty International s Director for Global Issues Refusing to comply with the summons would be to treat the Indian justice system with contempt undermining Dow s credibility as an investor in India For 13 years US chemical giant Dow has denied that it has any responsibility towards the victims and survivors of Bhopal In 2001 Dow acquired Union Carbide Corporation UCC the US based multinational that was majority owner of the company that operated the plant at the time of the leak UCC has repeatedly ignored orders to appear before the Indian courts to answer criminal charges concerning the disaster The summons makes it clear that as 100 owner Dow has a responsibility to ensure UCC faces these charges This year marks the 30th anniversary of the disaster An estimated 22 000 people died following the leak and more than 570 000 were exposed to damaging levels of toxic gas Many people in Bhopal still suffer from serious health problems Pollution from the abandoned site has contaminated the local water supply and poses an ongoing threat to the health of surrounding communities The criminal summons issued today by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal is the third such summons to US based Dow The company has been called to appear on 12 November 2014 to explain why it has not produced its wholly owned subsidiary UCC before the court Under Indian law Dow is required to respond to the summons once properly served Amnesty International understands that the second summons issued in February 2014 was not properly served on Dow It is crucial that both the Indian and US governments ensure that the summons is properly and promptly served on Dow this time around If not this would just allow Dow to keep dodging its responsibility towards survivors of the Bhopal disaster said Audrey Gaughran We will be writing to authorities in India and the USA to stress this point red tape must not get in the way of justice Since it bought UCC in 2001 Dow has maintained that it is a separate company from UCC and has no responsibility for Bhopal In a recent letter to Amnesty International Dow stated that any efforts to directly involve

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/india-dow-chemical-must-comply-with-new-court-summons-on-bhopal-disaster (2016-02-13)
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