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  • Legal Brief: Ezokola v. Canada | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/lead-in-your-community/legal-brief-ezokola-v-canada (2016-02-13)
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  • Great news for refugee protection in Canada | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Great news for refugee protection in Canada July 23 2013 Amnesty s Legal Coordinator Anna Shea left with the team of lawyers Laïla Demirdache Chantal Tie and Michael Bossin Your support for Amnesty International has helped us achieve a legal victory in Canada that could have far reaching and live saving implications for refugees who seek asylum in Canada and elsewhere In July 2013 Canada s highest court the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola a case that grapples with the thorny issue of who can be excluded from refugee status Their unanimous decision has brought Canada s interpretation fully into line with international law Amnesty s first rate team of pro bono lawyers comprised of Michael Bossin Laïla Demirdache and Chantal Tie assisted by our Legal Coordinator Anna Shea laid out our position in arguments before the Court back in January 2013 We ve waited six months for the decision Mr Ezokola s case was all about the proper interpretation of exclusion clauses in the refugee system The key question was to determine when someone s connection to human rights violations would become grounds for preventing them from making a legitimate claim to be a refugee in Canada even though that person themselves may clearly be at risk of harm should they not be able to flee their country This of course is a difficult and often contentious issue Mr Ezokola s case before the Supreme Court of Canada pits the important human rights obligation of protecting refugees up squarely against the equally important human rights obligation of ensuring accountability for serious international crimes Here is the essence of the case Mr Ezokola had a long career with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC a country that has been involved in a decades long war that has led to the death of millions of civilians In 2008 Mr Ezokola resigned from his position at the Permanent Mission of

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/good-news/great-news-for-refugee-protection-in-canada (2016-02-13)
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  • Important Refugee Law Case at the Supreme Court of Canada | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Important Refugee Law Case at the Supreme Court of Canada Monday March 31 2014 09 24 By Anna Shea Legal Program Coordinator On 25 March 2014 Amnesty International was at the Supreme Court of Canada for the important refugee law case of Febles v Minister of Citizenship and Immigration The case is about who should be excluded from the protections of the 1951 Refugee Convention for having committed a serious non political crime prior to arriving in Canada The government is arguing that someone who committed this type of crime is forever barred from applying for refugee status in Canada and that any other factors such as having served a sentence the lengthy passage of time or complete rehabilitation are irrelevant Furthermore under the current legal framework many people are being excluded for having committed crimes that should not qualify as serious Amnesty International intervened in Febles in order to share our expertise on how international human rights law should be interpreted and applied in Canada Our lawyers from Juristes Power were Jennifer Klinck Perri Ravon Michael Sabet and Justin Dubois We argued that the relevant provision of the Refugee Convention Article 1F

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/important-refugee-law-case-at-the-supreme-court-of-canada (2016-02-13)
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  • Amnesty International disappointed in Supreme Court of Canada's refugee ruling | Amnesty International Canada
    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 disappointed in Supreme Court of Canada s refugee ruling Public statements October 30 2014 Amnesty International is disappointed in the Supreme Court of Canada s decision in the case of Febles v Minister of Citizenship and Immigration In a 5 2 split decision the Court found that if someone committed a serious crime in the past he or she is forever barred from seeking refugee protection regardless of such factors as having served a full sentence the lengthy passage of time or complete rehabilitation Amnesty International represented by Power Law LLP had intervened in the case in March 2014 The case was about who should be excluded from the Refugee Convention for having committed a serious non political crime prior to arriving in Canada The Convention s exclusion provisions as they are known are valid and important components of the international system of refugee protection Nevertheless given their extremely serious consequences an absolute bar from the Convention s protections and potential deportation to face persecution in another country these provisions need to be interpreted restrictively as the Supreme Court of Canada has indeed affirmed in previous cases such as Pushpanathan v Minister of Citizenship and Immigration 1998 and Ezokola v Minister of Citizenship and

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/public-statements/amnesty-international-disappointed-in-supreme-court-of-canadas-refugee-ruling (2016-02-13)
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  • Canada: Respond To Syrian Refugees | Amnesty International Canada
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/lead-in-your-community/canada-respond-syrian-refugees (2016-02-13)
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  • Mexico becoming a ‘no-go zone’ for migrants as gruesome massacre remains unresolved five years on | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Mexico becoming a no go zone for migrants as gruesome massacre remains unresolved five years on News releases August 21 2015 The disgraceful lack of effective investigations into the mass killings of 72 migrants in Mexico five years ago is giving a green light to criminal groups who terrorize and murder people crossing the country to seek safety and a better life said Amnesty International On 22 August 2010 the corpses of 58 men and 14 women from Central and South America were found piled up inside a ranch in San Fernando Tamaulipas near Mexico s border with Texas Since then authorities have made a number of arrests but have failed to publish any information as to whether anyone has been sentenced Those responsible are believed to be members of criminal gangs many of them suspected to be working in collusion with local security agencies The mass killings in San Fernando paint a gruesome picture of the state of human rights in Mexico where being a migrant seems to be reason enough for criminals to harass torture and murder you said Carolina Jiménez Americas Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International Amid Mexico s brutal war on drugs many routes for migrants to reach the USA have become no go zones The endless list of human rights violations and abuses against people on the move in recent years show the urgent need for a region wide plan to protect those making one of the world s most dangerous journeys in search for a better life free from poverty and violence Not much is known about the final hours of the 72 people who were killed in cold blood in San Fernando The only details come from the sole survivor of the massacre who said he has been receiving death threats Eva Nohemi Hernández Murillo a25 year old woman from Honduras was one of those killed in San

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/mexico-becoming-a-%E2%80%98no-go-zone%E2%80%99-for-migrants-as-gruesome-massacre-remains (2016-02-13)
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  • Refugees Powerpoint Syria 2016 | Amnesty International Canada
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/lead-in-your-community/refugees-powerpoint-syria-2016 (2016-02-13)
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  • How you can support refugees | Amnesty International Canada
    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 How you can support refugees Tuesday December 15 2015 08 58 Opening our arms to refugees By Alex Neve Secretary General Amnesty International Canada My heart burst when I saw the picture of the drowned body of 3 year old Alan Kurdi in his red shirt and blue pants face downward in the sand on a Turkish beach I won t be able to forget that picture ever Today I m filled with a different kind of emotion It s joy renewed hope and a sense of pride as I watch Canadians open their arms to welcome refugees from Syria Thank you You played a part in turning human tragedy to joy Since the start of the brutal civil war in Syria Amnesty International has been sounding the alarm bell about the rapidly mounting Syrian refugee crisis and the need for Canada to respond With your help Amnesty International sent researchers into the heart of the trouble spots in Syria to document the gravity of the crisis to call on neighbouring countries to protect fleeing refugees and to move the world to bring resources attention and understanding to help ease the frightening vulnerability of refugees And in recent weeks there has been such important progress in Canada We have as a nation and as individuals generously and spontaneously opened our arms in a warm and heartfelt welcome We have enthusiastically shared our time money commitment and even our homes We have shown that we are open to being changed and enriched by those who join our communities This is work that needs our attention Amnesty International needs to the support of human rights supporters to urge governments to respond and uphold laws that help prevent the next crisis I don t know the name of the child sleeping in his mother s arms in this picture It s a photo of refugees from last week s Amnesty news release about the 12 000 refugees who are stranded in no man s land on the border of Jordan and Syria unable to turn back but unable to move forward But I want this boy and his family to be safe I stood in refugee camps in South Sudan earlier this year and witnessed firsthand the desperate protection needs of refugees I could feel how painful it is for a parent not to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/how-you-can-support-refugees (2016-02-13)
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