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  • Groups Decry Yet Another Missed Opportunity for Canada to respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/groups-decry-yet-another-missed-opportunity-for-canada-to-respond-to-syrian (2016-02-13)
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  • Denying Social Assistance to Refugee Claimants Violates International Law: Bill C-585 Must be Withdrawn | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/public-statements/denying-social-assistance-to-refugee-claimants-violates-international-law-bil (2016-02-13)
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  • My Door is Open for Refugees | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/my-door-is-open-for-refugees (2016-02-13)
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  • Amnesty International welcomes recent Federal Court decision regarding refugee health care | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia Amnesty International welcomes recent Federal Court decision regarding refugee health care Public statements July 08 2014 Update Interim Federal Health Care will be reinstated for refugees at midnight 4 November 2014 However the government has appealed the July decision in the Federal Court of Appeal Amnesty International welcomes the recent decision of the Federal Court regarding health care for refugees The court found that the 2012 cuts to health care for refugees through the Interim Federal Health Program constituted cruel and unusual treatment and violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms The court found that the cuts deliberately targeted refugees a vulnerable poor and disadvantaged group Amnesty International has previously expressed concern that changes to the Interim Federal Health Program were discriminatory and likely to result in violations of the right to health of refugees in Canada in contravention of Canada s international human rights obligations The court found the changes were harsh particularly with respect to the rights of children It noted that that while cruelty of the 2012 changes to the IFHP is not limited to children the impact of the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/public-statements/amnesty-international-welcomes-recent-federal-court-decision-regarding (2016-02-13)
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  • Doors Open to Maran but Closed to so Many Others | Amnesty International Canada
    Contact Us Home Doors Open to Maran but Closed to so Many Others Thursday June 19 2014 10 00 Maran and Gloria stand up for refugee rights By Gloria Nafziger Refugee Migrants and Country Campaigner Maran was a journalist and owned his own media company in a country riddled with conflict Believing that the media was a tool that he could use he wanted to tell the story of his people to the world Telling these stories was a way to protect his people and bring peace to his country He faced horrible obstacles His land became a place of massacre At a certain point he became helpless and lost the power to speak the truth and fight for freedom He had few choices die surrender to the Government and become a journalist of propaganda or flee After his family was threatened because of his work Maran fled Leaving his family he paid a smuggler who promised to take him to a country where he would be safe He had no choice about the country only a small hope that he would eventually be safe Joining 75 other refugees he was taken to an old rusted cargo ship and set out to sea The journey was perilous and on a number of occasions Maran believed he would die at sea They faced eight storms on the journey during which they were tossed about in the lower deck of the ship like footballs kicked around a field Kabul Informal Refugee Settlements UNHCR J Tanner In October 2009 planes appeared in the sky above the ship Maran believed he had found safety Upon arrival all the passengers on the ship were arrested and held at gunpoint They were put in a prison and all of their belongings were confiscated including the journal Maran had written on the voyage He had no idea what was happening and it was only by watching the television in the prison he found that all of the passengers on the ship were being portrayed as terrorists and a threat to the safety and security of Canada Maran arrived in Canada on a ship called the Ocean Lady He and the others on the ship were Tamils who had fled northern Sri Lanka which in the summer of 2009 had become a place of massacre After all of his ordeals nothing was more painful to him than being portrayed as a terrorist to Canadians For three years the Canadian government treated me with suspicion as a terrorist as part of a propaganda campaign against refugees This is not who I am I am a human being who cares about other human beings I am a journalist My task is to make the world a safe and beautiful place for human beings says Maran Vulnerable Exposed and Rights Denied Maran is one of millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their home to find safety elsewhere Hundreds of thousands of these refugees are stuck in limbo They

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/doors-open-to-maran-but-closed-to-so-many-others (2016-02-13)
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  • New citizenship revocation powers in Bill C-24 should be withdrawn, says Amnesty International | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia New citizenship revocation powers in Bill C 24 should be withdrawn says Amnesty International News releases June 10 2014 Bill C 24 the federal government s proposed amendments to the Citizenship Act has serious human rights flaws says Amnesty International The proposed legislation would give the federal government new powers to revoke Canadian citizenship in some cases when individuals are convicted of specified crimes related to terrorism and similar offences The new provisions fall short of a range of international human rights obligations including non discrimination and fair hearing guarantees Consequently Amnesty International is calling on the government to withdraw these new revocation provisions from the Bill In Canada a government decision to revoke citizenship might affect an individual s life liberty or security and must only take place in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice said Alex Neve Secretary General Amnesty International Canada English speaking branch It is also vital that citizenship revocation not expose individuals to discrimination The new revocation provisions in Bill C 24 fail to meet the requirements of fundamental justice and increase the risk of individuals being exposed to discrimination These provisions must be withdrawn Any Canadian who has committed a serious criminal act such as terrorism should and must be held accountable for those crimes through the criminal justice system However Bill C 24 exposes some Canadian citizens to the further penalty of loss of citizenship in the case of dual nationals The new revocation provisions in Bill C 24 distinguish between Canadians who have no other nationality and individuals who carry one or more

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/new-citizenship-revocation-powers-in-bill-c-24-should-be-withdrawn-says-amnesty (2016-02-13)
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  • Response to The Bogus Rhetoric about Bogus Refugees:* And If I had a Magic Wand | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/response-to-the-bogus-rhetoric-about-bogus-refugees-and-if-i-had-a-magic-wand (2016-02-13)
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  • Supreme Court hears important case regarding human smuggling and the rights of refugees | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia Supreme Court hears important case regarding human smuggling and the rights of refugees Public statements February 18 2015 On 16 and 17 of February Amnesty International intervened in an important case before the Supreme Court of Canada involving the rights of refugees seeking Canada s protection At issue in the case was whether refugees who mutually assist each other in fleeing persecution should be considered people smugglers and as a result inadmissible to Canada and permanently barred from accessing protection under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees Refugee Convention The Court was also asked to determine whether Good Samaritans or humanitarian organizations that assist refugees in reaching safety should also be considered to be people smugglers and prosecuted for their acts Amnesty International argued that people smuggling in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act should be interpreted consistently with Canada s international human rights obligations contained in the United Nations Convention against Transnational Crime the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land Sea and Air and the Refugee Convention Under international law people smugglers are those who assist individuals in crossing borders in order to gain a profit or other material gain It s this exploitative purpose that draws the correct distinction between criminal smugglers who prey off the human suffering of refugees and refugees and good

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/public-statements/supreme-court-hears-important-case-regarding-human-smuggling-and-the-rights (2016-02-13)
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