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  • Hungary: Deplorable images in asylum-seekers reception centre | Amnesty International 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 Media Awards Multimedia Hungary Deplorable images in asylum seekers reception centre News updates September 11 2015 The shocking images of scores of refugees and asylum seekers being thrown food by Hungarian police at a registration centre in Roszke underscores the deplorable conditions facing those being held by the Hungarian authorities said Amnesty International today The organization is calling for human rights monitors to be granted immediate access to all centres and facilities housing refugees asylum seekers and migrants who have recently arrived in Hungary The image of refugees and asylum seekers clamouring for food as the police throw parcels of food is truly

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-updates/hungary-deplorable-images-in-asylum-seekers-reception-centre (2016-02-13)
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  • New Commission proposals still far from solving refugee crisis | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia New Commission proposals still far from solving refugee crisis News updates September 09 2015 Brussels New proposals announced today by the European Commission to address the global refugee crisis will make steps towards protecting refugees but will not solve it in the long nor short term said Amnesty International Responding to the announcement Acting Director for Amnesty International s European Institutions Office Iverna McGowan said While the proposals published by the Commission today will help to address the refugee crisis they certainly will not solve it neither in the short term nor the long term EU member

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-updates/new-commission-proposals-still-far-from-solving-refugee-crisis (2016-02-13)
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  • Europe: Drastic change in response needed to tackle refugee crisis | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Europe Drastic change in response needed to tackle refugee crisis News releases September 08 2015 Released 00 01 GMT 9 September 2015 European leaders response to the burgeoning refugee crisis has been incoherent and lacking in leadership ambition and compassion said Amnesty International as it launched its Agenda for Europe just prior to the European Commission announcing new proposals today to address the crisis A Union of Protection Amnesty International s Agenda for Refugee Protection in Europe sets out the urgently needed changes in Europe s approach to the escalating refugee crisis ahead of an emergency Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Monday The level of suffering facing refugees fleeing violence and human rights violations has reached a level unseen in Europe since the Second World War said John Dalhuisen Amnesty International s Director for Europe and Central Asia The response to the refugee crisis in Europe has been piecemeal and incoherent at a time when the need for clear sighted leadership and radical reform of Europe s collapsing asylum system has never been greater Amnesty International is calling for a European wide strategic approach to ensure an increase in safe and legal routes for refugees fleeing persecution and conflict There is an urgent need for adequate and humane reception conditions when they arrive and streamlined asylum procedures with states fairly sharing the responsibility for receiving refugees Almost 2 800 people have lost their lives so far this year trying to reach safety in Europe It has taken shocking images of these incidents to stir some European leaders from complacency with some now making U turns and increasing offers of resettlement places The desperate scenes in Hungary and Greece have shown that refugees and asylum seekers hardships are far from over even when they reach the European Union Amnesty International staff recently witnessed appalling reception conditions and a group of thugs physically attack refugees and activists supporting them on the Greek Island of Kos Amnesty International researchers also reported from Hungary where they met people who had been detained with no food and water and others who were forced to sleep in the open air Amnesty International s Agenda for Refugee Protection in

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/europe-drastic-change-in-response-needed-to-tackle-refugee-crisis (2016-02-13)
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  • Refugees face chaos and harsh conditions at Serbia-Hungary border | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Media Awards Multimedia Refugees face chaos and harsh conditions at Serbia Hungary border Media advisories September 06 2015 Hungary should urgently provide refugees and migrants crossing the border from Serbia more humane reception conditions transport and clarity about where they are being sent Amnesty International said With more people bound to arrive the situation could escalate further While Europe rejoiced in happy images from Austria and Germany yesterday refugees crossing into Hungary right now see a very different picture riot police and a cold hard ground to sleep on said Amnesty International researcher Barbora Cernusakova While Europe has failed abysmally to respond Hungary has a duty to ensure decent conditions for people who

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/media-advisories/refugees-face-chaos-and-harsh-conditions-at-serbia-hungary-border-0 (2016-02-13)
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  • Greece: Refugees attacked and in ‘hellish conditions' on Kos | Amnesty International Canada
    The hellish conditions the refugees are now forced to endure and the official indifference to their plight is appalling said Kondylia Gogou Greece Researcher at Amnesty International who just returned from Kos Attacked by thugs Overnight last night Amnesty staff witnessed a group of 15 25 people brandishing bats physically attack refugees on Kos while shouting go back to your countries and other slurs They also threatened activists including an Amnesty International staff member An activist who was taking photographs had her camera removed and suffered minor injuries Police did not stop them and riot police only intervened after the physical attacks had started and used teargas to disperse the crowd Last night s violent attack once again throws into sharp relief the danger to them and activists who help them Action must be taken now at all levels to ensure they are protected said Kondylia Gogou Inhumane conditions on Kos An estimated 3 000 to 4 000 refugees were staying on the island while Amnesty International visited In the absence of any formal reception facilities most are staying in squalid conditions as they wait to be documented before continuing their onward journey to the Greek mainland and beyond The majority are believed to be from Syria Afghanistan and Iraq In all more than 31 000 refugees have arrived on Kos so far this year with a surge since June 2015 according to Greek coastguard staff Most of the refugees cannot afford accommodation and are sleeping in tents out in the open in appalling conditions or in the dilapidated Captain Elias hotel While local residents and the humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières have been providing aid municipal authorities have provided very little assistance and have even closed public toilets Police on Kos are currently using an old police station to document people before they leave the island Amnesty International researchers visited the station on 2 September and saw around 100 refugees including a one week old baby girl in her mother s arms sitting on the ground in a courtyard No water was provided to those waiting to be documented The only respite from the intense summer heat was an umbrella in the middle which provided shelter to few people Between 200 and 300 more people were waiting to go inside the police station many said they waited for days on end One man a 28 year old from Iraq said he had been waiting for a week Information on rights and the identification of vulnerable groups is not provided by the authorities but by UN Refugee Agency UNHCR staff deployed on the island The situation has often been exacerbated by the reluctance of local authorities to set up a permanent reception centre with enough capacity and the lack of a coordinated and effective response In mid August these failings came to a crunch when more than 2 000 people were locked in inhumane conditions in the local sports stadium Reports emerged of police using excessive force against refugees waiting

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/greece-refugees-attacked-and-in-%E2%80%98hellish-conditions-on-kos (2016-02-13)
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  • Chilling reminders of Syria for refugees trapped on Macedonia’s border | Amnesty International Canada
    Thank You Contact Us Home Chilling reminders of Syria for refugees trapped on Macedonia s border Monday August 31 2015 14 16 By Giorgos Kosmopoulos Director of Amnesty International Greece The view was staggering upon my arrival in the village of Idomeni near Greece s border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Up to 4 000 refugees many of them from Syria including many families with children were trapped after Macedonia s government designated the southern border just outside the town of Gevgelija a crisis area closing the border crossing and bringing in military backup The refugees were all trying to pass through Macedonia on their way to northern European countries It looked like nothing I had come across before About 1km from the border Idomeni s tiny train station was overcrowded with refugees who had already slept there for several nights Many others were also sleeping rough in the surrounding area out in the open and exposed to the heat and rain Families including children as young as a few months old were crammed into small tents dotting the landscape that was filling with mud Soaked and exhausted they wanted to know if the police would let them cross the border that day Walking along the railway line from Idomeni s train station towards Macedonia the border was unmistakable as it came into sight O n the Greek side a crowd of refugees including many children were waiting behind a line of hastily installed barbed wire On the Macedonian side groups of anti terror police stood wearing body armour and were supported by military and riot control vehicles A short distance from the barbed wire I met Zaha name changed from Damascus Syria who is around 30 years old and had fled with her four children and other relatives Zaha stared towards the border as she sat in front of a very small tent that was sinking into the mud She told me how she and her family had crossed to Greece via Turkey and were rescued by the Greek coastguard when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea Unable to cross the border to Macedonia they had already been stuck in squalor in Idomeni for four days As Zaha introduced me to her children and an elderly female relative behind her explosions sounded along the border Zaha reached out and wrapped her arms firmly around her young son This reminds me of Syria It scares the children I never expected to find that in Europe Never never she said She jumped with each new explosion stun grenades fired by the Macedonian police to push the refugees back from the border I counted more than a dozen over the course of the day She continued Before the war life in Syria was paradise If it wasn t for the war we wouldn t have had to come all the way here We were trying to get on with our lives but then both sides started taking our

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/chilling-reminders-of-syria-for-refugees-trapped-on-macedonia%E2%80%99s-border (2016-02-13)
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  • Greece: Chaos and squalid conditions face record number of refugees on Lesvos | Amnesty International Canada
    in Afghanistan Iraq and Syria 90 of those arriving in 2015 according to UNHCR The arduous odyssey faced by people fleeing conflict does not end on Greece s shores Forced to walk long distances in searing heat and stay in squalid camps or out in the open refugees and asylum seekers see little alternative but to continue their journey contributing to the disaster we ve seen on the Macedonian border in recent days said Gauri van Gulik Amnesty International s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia This is not just a Greek tragedy but a Europe wide crisis It is unfolding before the eyes of short sighted European leaders who prioritize securing borders over helping survivors of conflict The world is seeing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War What Europe s borders need is not fences but safe entry points for refugees and facilities to receive them with dignity On 24 August police on Lesvos told Amnesty International that they estimate that more than 33 000 refugees and migrants had arrived on the island since 1 August Hundreds more are arriving every day 1 450 on the night of 10 11 August alone While Kos Chios and other Greek islands in the Aegean have also received refugees and migrants crossing over via Turkey Lesvos has received the highest number more than 93 000 already in 2015 more than seven times the 12 187 arrivals in all of 2014 More than 160 000 migrants and refugees have entered Greece as a whole so far this year compared to 45 412 in all of 2014 Overcrowded squalid conditions Amnesty International observed very poor unsanitary conditions and overcrowding at the Moria immigration detention centre on Lesvos including overflown toilets lack of sheets and blankets filthy and old mattresses and broken beds Police on Lesvos said they lack the funds to improve conditions A refugee from Afghanistan told Amnesty International Words cannot describe the conditions it smells there is no soap no clothes and everything is broken There is nothing for the small children not even milk the police shout a lot Yesterday morning they cut the electricity and until lunch time we had no electricity and it was smelling a lot in our rooms so we slept outside People waiting outside the overcrowded centre for space to free up have been staying in tents underneath nets from olive groves or enduring 35 degree heat with no shelter at all Syrian refugees housed in tents in a car park Syrian refugees arriving on Lesvos are being sent to the separate Kara Tepe camp where they wait one to two days for documents that allow them to travel onwards to Athens Kara Tepe is an informal unmanaged camp set up by the local mayor on a car park Intended for 500 people it is very overcrowded with more than 1 500 people staying there at a time There are not enough tents toilets or showers Food is distributed by police and

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/greece-chaos-and-squalid-conditions-face-record-number-of-refugees-on-lesvos (2016-02-13)
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  • Coalition on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Demands Provincial Accountability for Deleted Emails regarding Highway of Tears | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Coalition on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Demands Provincial Accountability for Deleted Emails regarding Highway of Tears Joint Press Release October 27 2015 Coast Salish Territory Vancouver B C October 27 2015 A Coalition on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls is extremely upset that the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner has found that Ministry of Transportation staff willfully deleted emails related to the Highway of Tears a remote stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George where many Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or disappeared The provincial government has failed to take meaningful action to provide adequate and safe transportation along the Highway despite numerous clear recommendations to do so from agencies including the Inter American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women the Missing Women s Commission of Inquiry and the Highway of Tears Symposium BC s failure to act in response to these recommendations puts the safety of Indigenous women and girls at risk and is in neglect of its duty to take every reasonable effort to ensure the safety of all women and girls The Coalition is extremely troubled that instead of working to improve safety for Indigenous women and girls along the Highway of Tears Ministry of Transportation staff contravened their duties under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act by reading information requests narrowly and deleting emails related to the government s action on the issue in order to avoid disclosing them in response to an access to information request concerning the Ministry s meetings regarding the Highway of Tears The Coalition calls on the BC government to take immediate action to implement the recommendations for increased safety along the Highway of Tears and as recommended

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/coalition-murdered-and-missing-indigenous-women-and-girls-demands-provincial-accountability (2016-02-13)
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