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  • Syria's refugee crisis in numbers | Amnesty International Canada
    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 s refugee crisis in numbers Tuesday September 8 2015 09 03 Refugees in the region More than 4 million refugees from Syria 95 are in just five countries Turkey Lebanon Jordan Iraq and Egypt Lebanon hosts approximately 1 2 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country Jordan hosts about 650 000 refugees from Syria which amounts to about 10 of the population Turkey hosts 1 9 million refugees from Syria more than any other country worldwide Iraq where 3 million people have been internally displaced in the last 18 months hosts 249 463 refugees from Syria Egypt hosts 132 375 refugees from Syria The UN humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees is just 40 funded Funding shortages mean that the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just 13 50 per month or less than half a dollar a day for food assistance More than 80 of Syrian refugees in Jordan living below the local poverty line Conflict in Syria Around 220 000 people have been killed and 12 8 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria More than 50 of Syria s population is currently displaced International Resettlement In total 104 410

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/syrias-refugee-crisis-in-numbers (2016-02-13)
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  • Time for Europe to end the refugee shame | Amnesty International Canada
    Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Time for Europe to end the refugee shame Friday September 4 2015 10 57 By Gauri van Gulik Deputy Europe Director at Amnesty International Follow Gauri on Twitter GaurivanGulik A solemn moment of silence The world over this is the traditional response when lives are cut short by tragedy It has also been a common response to tragedies in Europe and off its shores which have ended the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants Not killed by bombs in Syria but killed while making terrifying journeys in search of safety and better lives in Europe But the scale and rapid succession of these tragedies calls for breaking the silence In the space of a week along with people across the world I recoiled in horror as four new tragedies added to a growing list of events that have already brought a record number of refugees and migrants to untimely deaths this year According to UNHCR 2 500 have already perished en route to Europe since 1 January 2015 On 26 August 52 bodies were found inside the hull of a ship about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Libya On 27 August police in Austria discovered the corpses of 71 people including children crammed inside a truck left abandoned at the side of the main highway between Budapest and Vienna Police have told media the dead are believed to have been Syrians and apparently died by suffocation That same night came news of yet another tragic shipwreck off the coast of Zuwara Libya in which up to 200 people may have died And yesterday a shocking photo of a drowned toddler washed up on a Turkish beach hit global headlines bringing the crisis into even sharper focus He and his young brother believed to be from Kobane in Syria were among at least 11 people believed to have perished when their vessel ran into trouble as they tried to reach the Greek island of Kos The nature of tragedies is that they are usually rare and happen unexpectedly to ordinary people who find themselves swept up in extraordinary circumstances The past week s horrors were neither unexpected nor singular People dying in their dozens whether crammed into a truck or a ship en route to seek safety or better lives is a tragic indictment of European leaders failures to provide safe ways to reach Europe That it is now happening on a daily basis is Europe s collective shame n Vienna last week not far from where police made their awful discovery European Union EU leaders were meeting with key EU Member States and western Balkan countries Despite not being on the initial agenda the treatment of refugees in the region quickly took top billing And with good reason earlier in the week Amnesty International had reported from Macedonia s southern border with Greece where up to 4 000 refugees became trapped

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/time-for-europe-to-end-the-refugee-shame (2016-02-13)
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  • Macedonia: Thousands trapped and at risk of violence as border sealed | Amnesty International Canada
    Thousands trapped and at risk of violence as border sealed News releases August 21 2015 Thousands of mainly Syrian Afghan and Iraqi refugees and asylum seekers are trapped and face a serious risk of violence after Macedonian authorities sealed the country s southern border on Thursday creating a new crisis zone amid the global refugee crisis Amnesty International said The situation rapidly deteriorated when the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Macedonia declared two border areas crisis regions closed the southern border crossing with Greece just outside the town of Gevgelija and called in military backup Amnesty International has received extremely worrying reports that an anti terrorism police unit deployed to the border have used beatings and riot control agents and even fired in the air to prevent people from crossing into Macedonia Barbed wire fences have also been erected along the border Every country has the power to patrol its own borders but this kind of para military response is an unacceptable push back in violation of international law Macedonian authorities are responding as if they were dealing with rioters rather than refugees who have fled conflict and persecution said Gauri van Gulik Deputy Europe Director at Amnesty International If the reports of beatings and firearm use by the security forces are true this would mark a very dangerous escalation of an already tense situation All countries have a duty to protect those fleeing conflict and persecution and Macedonia is no exception When the system cannot cope you improve the system you don t just stop people from coming in Violent push backs A witness on the Greek side of the border told Amnesty International that Macedonia s Rapid Reaction Unit an anti terrorist police unit had been beating refugees and asylum seekers who were trying to enter Macedonia and firing over their heads A local NGO confirmed the use of rubber bullets Media reports and video have surfaced of Macedonian police using riot control agents and truncheons to beat people who did not seem to be posing any threat The Ministry of Interior has issued a statement saying that stun grenades had been used A Syrian man spoke to Amnesty International from near Eidomeni on the Greek side of the border He said that in the past two days the Macedonian military have been preventing at least 1 000 people in that area including families and lots of small children from crossing the border Groups of around 10 Macedonian troops in military uniform were positioned about every 50 metres along the border The Macedonian authorities must ensure that any police and military forces deployed along the border respect international law and standards on the use of force and firearms Fears of a growing crisis With more than 1 000 asylum seekers and refugees seeking entry into Macedonia every day in order to board trains at Gevgelija there are growing concerns that the crisis could rapidly deteriorate Many of those arriving are in poor health and need

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/macedonia-thousands-trapped-and-at-risk-of-violence-as-border-sealed (2016-02-13)
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  • The Mediterranean migrant crisis – The view from Senegal | Amnesty International Canada
    Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home The Mediterranean migrant crisis The view from Senegal Thursday May 7 2015 09 16 On the eve of his departure he called me so that I could pray for him After he spoke to me he told his wife and two children that he was about to leave Libya for Italy Unfortunately the next call we got was from his brother who told us that he had perished at sea I gave my son the 350 000 CFA francs approximately 750 for him to leave and succeed and to get us out of poverty By Alain Roy Deputy Director Amnesty International Regional Office Dakar Senegal Europe s Sinking Shame The failure to save refugees and migrants at sea Read report Those are just a few of the many testimonies gathered by the media here from relatives of the Senegalese men among the more than 800 who lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea during the night of April 19th How many Senegalese men lost their lives during that night Nobody knows for sure as official numbers aren t available Testimonies from survivors are often the only source of information available Senegal newspapers have reported that at least 13 men were among the more than 800 who died when their boat capsized But the numbers could be much higher The fact that Senegalese men are among the dead is not surprising What s new is that the coast of Libya is the new gateway to Sicily to Europe and the possibility of a better life Before it was the Strait of Gibraltar then it was the Algerian desert the Canaries Islands Today it s Libya There are many reasons why young Africans want to leave Severe drought over the last 15 years have made subsistence farming impossible for many families Over exploitation of fish often by foreign fleets have also led to a fisheries crisis which is reported to be one of the main cause of emigration from Senegal s major fishing communities Barça ou Barsax Barcelona or Death became a well known rallying cry of Senegalese youths a few years ago reflecting their determination to throw themselves in the Atlantic putting their lives at risk a treacherous crossing powerfully described in La Pirogue the 2012 film by Moussa Touré in which a group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to get to Spain The poverty the lack of access to education to basic services and the lack of employment prospects make them see emigration as the only way to a better prospects and a better life Overall the number of departures from Senegal is reported to have gone down during the last few years One of the main reasons for this is the bilateral agreement signed between Senegal and Spain to patrol the coast of Senegal From the Dakar coast one can regularly see the joint commission boats leaving to patrol the coast Media commentators

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/the-mediterranean-migrant-crisis-%E2%80%93-the-view-from-senegal (2016-02-13)
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  • Lebanon: New entry requirements for Syrians likely to block would-be refugees | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Lebanon New entry requirements for Syrians likely to block would be refugees Public statements January 06 2015 New requirements imposed by the Lebanese authorities which may restrict access for people desperate to flee Syria is yet another stark reminder that the international community must do much more to assist To its considerable credit Lebanon already hosts more than 1 2 million refugees from Syria equal to about a quarter of its population before the Syrian crisis began As the crisis nears its fifth year Lebanon and other countries in the region which host the majority of Syria s refugees are struggling to cope Lebanon and Syria s other neighbours are struggling to cope with the millions of refugees who have fled the increasingly dire situation since the crisis and conflict began The international community must do much more to resettle refugees and share the burden in the face of one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent history According to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR approximately 10 of refugees in the main host countries need resettlement However to date less than 2 have been offered resettlement places As of 5 January 2015 a visa is required to enter Lebanon from Syria a major change from relatively unrestricted border crossing between the two countries in the past The regulations issued on 31 December 2014 provide a list of six types of visa categories one of which Syrians wishing to enter Lebanon must obtain to enter the country The categories include tourism education medical treatment and business All require specified documents including proof of hotel bookings for tourists and appointments for those seeking medical treatment in order to meet the requirements and have their visa approved by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Interior before being allowed entry into Lebanon According to Lebanon s General Security Office which issued the decree exceptions will be made for humanitarian cases in coordination with the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR However

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/public-statements/lebanon-new-entry-requirements-for-syrians-likely-to-block-would-be-refugees (2016-02-13)
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  • Luis Alberto Mata: One Less Life in Limbo | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Luis Alberto Mata One Less Life in Limbo Monday May 25 2015 14 36 On Thursday May 21 Luis Alberto Mata became a permanent resident in Canada A month earlier with support from Amnesty International Luis launched a campaign No Lives in Limbo calling on the Minister of Public Safety and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to grant him permanent status Luis was recognized as a Convention Refugee in Canada in 2003 and then waited 12 years for a decision on his application for permanent residence Amnesty International supported Luis and his family over those 12 years Following is part of a message from Luis to those who supported him THE BEST SPRING OF THE LAST 12 YEARS As I begin this reflection it comes to my mind a profound and beautiful adage from Aristotle Dignity consists not in possessing honors but in the consciousness that we deserve them Indeed and without doubt I always have had the conviction that I deserve my permanent residence in Canada Not only because my appreciation and respect for this country and its democratic institutions but also because I have worked hard paid taxes and volunteered with happiness I have raised my son in a very honorable way and I have respectfully followed all those rules that govern this society Certainly

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/luis-alberto-mata-one-less-life-in-limbo (2016-02-13)
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  • No Lives in Limbo | Amnesty International Canada
    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 No Lives in Limbo Friday May 8 2015 11 05 By Gloria Nafziger Refugee Migrants and Country Campaigner Amnesty International I first met Luis and his family shortly after they arrived in Canada sometime in 1993 He was a writer and human rights activist from Colombia Both he and his wife Diana had been targeted in Colombia because of their work in support of human rights Shortly after they arrived in Canada they made a refugee claim We couldn t talk much because his English was poor and my Spanish was even worse but from the beginning I considered him to be a compañero My first vivid memory of Luis is a day in December 2003 when Luis Diana and their friends from the Mennonite church came to our office to share the good news that just an hour or so earlier their refugee claim had been accepted on the spot at their refugee hearing There were many hugs and much happiness Luis and Diana began to plan to begin their new lives in Canada and quickly made their application to become permanent residents All refugees and new immigrants in Canada must undergo a security check in order to ensure they are admissible to Canada Usually this is a paper review Luis and Diana were called for an interview in Canada prior to their refugee hearing They were asked questions about the groups they associated with in Colombia In Luis case there were questions about his affiliation with an organization called the Patriotic Union Luis answered all of the questions truthfully and assumed the questions were behind him as no concerns were raised at his refugee hearing and he was recognized as a Convention Refugee In June 2004 Luis and Diana received a letter from the Canadian Border Services Agency inviting them to an interview with Canadian Security Intelligence Services CSIS regarding matters of inadmissibility They were alarmed and sought the advice of a lawyer who attended the interview with them The interview never took place Luis lawyer asked questions about the purpose of the interview and asked if there were allegations against Luis No answers were provided The lawyer informed CBSA that Luis would be happy to attend an interview after he is provided with a list of questions and concerns regarding the purpose of the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/no-lives-in-limbo (2016-02-13)
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  • Amnesty International welcomes Syrian refugee announcement, but questions and concerns remain | 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 Amnesty International welcomes Syrian refugee announcement but questions and concerns remain News releases January 07 2015 Amnesty International welcomed the announcement made today by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that Canada will receive 10 000 Syrian refugees over the next three years Amnesty International has long been urging governments around the world to accept a fairer share of refugees from Syria Syria s neighbouring countries can no longer bear the responsibility for the largest displacement crisis the world has witnessed in decades and which has produced approximately 4 million refugees in the region as well as 7 6 million Syrians displaced within the country It is vital that Syrian refugees be resettled as soon as possible and Canada has the expertise and capacity to play a leadership role in doing so While recognizing this announcement as an important and positive step Amnesty International is nonetheless disappointed in several aspects of this long delayed announcement The organization along with many other groups such as the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Syrian Canadian Council had been urging the government to welcome 5 000 Syrians per year via government programs for the next two years Additionally Amnesty International had also asked the government to increase the quota for the private sponsorship of Syrians to Canada Regrettably today s announcement means that only about 1 300 Syrians per year over three years will be eligible to come to Canada via government sponsored programs Amnesty International is also concerned that the government has made private groups responsible for 60 per cent of the resettlement commitment These are grassroots organizations largely composed of

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/amnesty-international-welcomes-syrian-refugee-announcement-but-questions-and (2016-02-13)
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