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  • USA: End detentions at Guantánamo Bay | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us USA End detentions at Guantánamo Bay OVER 100 DETAINEES HAVE BEEN ON HUNGER STRIKE TO PROTEST MORE THAN A DECADE OF INDEFINITE DETENTION I don t want these individuals to die Guantánamo is not necessary to keep America safe It is contrary to who we are and it needs to stop President Obama April 30 2013 On January 11 2002 in the aftermath of the 9 11 attacks the first detainees were transferred to the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay Cuba Since then the detention facility there has made the world s news headlines for the shocking human rights concerns associated with it including arbitrary detention secret detention torture and other ill treatment renditions and unfair trials Over a decade later more than 150 detainees remain at Guantánamo Bay The majority are in indefinite detention without charge or trial Those who have been charged face unfair trial by military commission and some can face the death penalty if convicted The government claims that even those found not guilty can be returned to indefinite detention Over the years detainees have engaged in repeated hunger strikes to protest the conditions in Guantánamo Bay Despite repeated promises by US president Obama

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/usa-end-detentions-at-guant%C3%A1namo-bay (2016-02-13)
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  • Omar Khadr: the case is not closed | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us Omar Khadr the case is not closed Tuesday December 18 2012 00 00 Omar Khadr left as a child in a photo provided by his family And right in custody in Guantanamo Bay in 2009 Omar Khadr was transferred to Canada on September 29 but the campaign for justice continues On September 29 2012 Omar Khadr was finally transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Canada after ten long years Captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15 in July 2002 he never should have been on a battlefield in the first place As the Canadian government stated at the time It is an unfortunate reality that juveniles are too often the victims in military actions and that many groups and countries actively recruit and use them in armed conflicts and in terrorist activities But instead of demobilization rehabilitation and reintegration Omar Khadr and other children sent to Guantanamo faced torture and ill treatment unlawful detention and the hopelessness of indefinite legal limbo Accused of throwing a grenade that ended the life of a US Special Forces soldier Omar Khadr s trial by military commission ended in a plea agreement in October 2010 He was sentenced to eight more years in detention the first of which was to be served in US custody before he would be eligible for transfer to Canada Diplomatic notes exchanged between the US and Canada at the time of the plea agreement stated that the Government of Canada is inclined to favourably consider Mr Khadr s application to be transferred to Canada to serve the remainder of

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/omar-khadr-the-case-is-not-closed (2016-02-13)
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  • China: Demand a fair trial for Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil | Amnesty International Canada
    human rights activist In the 1990s he suffered persecution and detention in China for his work advocating for the religious and political rights of the Uighur people He left China and eventually made his way to Turkey where he was recognized as a refugee by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR Mr Celil was resettled to Canada in 2001 and became a Canadian citizen in November 2005 In March 2006 while he was visiting his wife s parents in Uzbekistan Mr Celil was arrested at the request of Chinese police He was extradited to China to face trial and held in secrecy without access to a lawyer his family or Canadian officials He was subjected to threats that he would be disappeared or buried alive unless he signed a confession China refused to recognize Mr Celil s status as a Canadian citizen and Canadian officials were not allowed to attend his trial Mr Celil was sentenced to life imprisonment in China after an unfair trial where he remains despite the attempts at intervention by the Canadian government Take Action Sign an on line petition and learn more about Huseyin and his family in Canada Order postcards contact members amnesty ca to order Distribute and sign petitions download Write a polite letter to the Chinese authorities Ask that they Guarantee that Huseyin Celil will not be mistreated or tortured Ask that he receives adequate exercise food and prompt medical attention for any health problems he may have Grant Mr Celil visits from his family in China as often as they want and full access to Canadian consular officials as is his right as a Canadian citizen Give Mr Celil a full and fair retrial including allowing him to speak on his own behalf and with his own lawyer in attendance In the absence of a retrial release him immediately and unconditionally Address Your Messages to Premier of the People s Republic of China Li Keqiang Guojia Zongli The State Council General Office 2 Fuyoujie Xichengqu Beijingshi 100017 People s Republic of China Fax 011 86 10 6596 1109 c o Ministry of Foreign Affairs Salutation Your Excellency With Copies To Director of Department of Justice Abuliz Hosshur Tingzhang Xinjian Weiwuer Zizhiqu Sifating 27 Renminlu Wulumuqisi 830002 Xinjiang Weiweur Zizhiqu People s Republic of China Fax 86 991 2311590 Salutation Dear Director His Excellency Zhaohui Luo Ambassador for the People s Republic of China 515 St Patrick Street Ottawa Ontario K1N 5H3 Fax 613 789 1911 Email chinaemb ca mfa gov cn You may also write Prime Minister Stephen Harper Ask that Canada do all it can to persuade the Chinese government to address Mr Celil s case Thank the government for repeatedly raising this case with the Chinese authorities and ask that they redouble their efforts Prime Minister Stephen Harper House of Commons Parliament Hill Ottawa Ontario K1A 0A2 More Background The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region XUAR represents almost 17 of the territory of the Republic

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/china-demand-a-fair-trial-for-canadian-citizen-huseyin-celil (2016-02-13)
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  • USA: Apologize to torture survivor Maher Arar | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us USA Apologize to torture survivor Maher Arar Thursday November 8 2012 00 00 Maher Arar a Canadian citizen and father of two was travelling home to Canada from visiting his wife s family in Tunisia in 2002 While changing planes at New York City s JFK airport he was detained and held for 12 days by US authorities He was then transferred secretly via Jordan to Syria where he was held for a year and tortured It was so painful Maher Arar said of the beatings he endured that I forgot every enjoyable moment in my life Released without charge and allowed to return home to Canada in 2003 Maher Arar received an apology and compensation from the Canadian government for its role in his treatment But the U S government has failed to apologize or offer Maher Arar any form of remedy despite its obligation to do so under the UN Convention Against Torture and other human rights treaties In fact the Department of Justice successfully fought Maher Arar s attempts to pursue redress in court based not on the merits of his claim but supposed significant national security concerns Torture is immoral illegal and a crime It s time for the US to take responsibility for its actions Take Action Please write letters to President Obama urging the US government to publically apologize to Maher Arar and help end torture forever At the very least an apology should include acknowledgement of the facts about the human rights violations to which he was subjected acceptance of responsibility formal recognition of the USA s obligations to restore his dignity reputation and rights and acceding to the Canadian government s request that his name be removed

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/usa-apologize-to-torture-survivor-maher-arar (2016-02-13)
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  • Land is our identity: Indigenous peoples at risk in Bangladesh | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us Land is our identity Indigenous peoples at risk in Bangladesh Thursday November 8 2012 00 00 The army told me the settlers were going to come here and take my land They re going to live here they said You won t be able to live here anymore The army and the settlers won t let us live in peace Laxmi Rani Chakma belongs to the Pahari Indigenous people who have lived for generations in the hilly and lush Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeastern Bangladesh The Pahari s distinct culture language and way of life are intimately connected to their land After Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 there was a decades long armed conflict as Pahari fought for autonomy and land rights Many Pahari were killed or displaced and their land occupied by Bengali settlers A 1997 Peace Accord ended the conflict and established a Land Commission to resolve the many outstanding land disputes The Pahari were promised strong representation in local government and that temporary army camps in the region would be disbanded Fifteen years later tens of thousands of Pahari people are still landless still waiting for the Commission to deal with their claims The Bangladeshi army still has camps scattered all across the region The army is building new roads that encourage more settlers to come to the area Sexual violence against Pahari women has been used as a tool to make people feel so unsafe that they will abandon their land Take Action Please write to a Prime Minister of Bangladesh Write in the your own words using the following sample letter as a model Dear Prime Minister Fourteen years ago your government signed a Peace Accord promising to return traditional lands to the Pahari Indigenous Peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/land-is-our-identity-indigenous-peoples-at-risk-in-bangladesh (2016-02-13)
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  • Sierra Leone: Free Health Care Policy at a crossroads | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us Sierra Leone Free Health Care Policy at a crossroads Thursday November 8 2012 00 00 Despite several years of peace in Sierra Leone since the end of its brutal civil war women have continued to suffer Available health services for pregnant women are difficult to access expensive and not trusted by expectant mothers Corruption a lack of resources and the fact that women are not going to the hospital have resulted in Sierra Leone being ranked number one in the world for maternal mortality rates Thousands of women die every year from pregnancy related complications Amnesty International campaigned for and welcomed the launch of the Free Health Care Initiative by the government of Sierra Leone in April 2010 The Initiative represents important progress in lowering financial barriers to health care services for pregnant women However despite this step there have been major implementation problems and many women are still without free health care because of mismanagement corruption and a lack of public education As the President of Sierra Leone highlighted there is a need to identify the weaknesses of the programme so that collective measures can be taken to address gaps that have lead to leakages Without clear action to address the lack of facilities non availability of drugs systemic bad practices corruption and other challenges the women of Sierra Leone will continue to suffer Women

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/sierra-leone-free-health-care-policy-at-a-crossroads (2016-02-13)
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  • Nigeria: Child tortured and sentenced to death | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us Nigeria Child tortured and sentenced to death Thursday May 15 2014 10 57 The pain of torture is unbearable I never thought I would be alive till this day The pain I went through in the hands of the officers was unimaginable In my whole life I have never been subjected to such inhuman treatment Moses Akatugba February 2014 On November 27 2005 Moses Akatugba then only 16 years old was awaiting the results of his secondary schools exams when he was arrested by the Nigerian army and charged with stealing three cell phones and various other communication related items Moses describes being shot in the hand and soldiers beating him on the head and back during his arrest He was initially held at the army barracks where he said soldiers showed him a corpse and when he was unable to identify the dead man he was beaten After being transferred to Epkan police station in Delta State he suffered further torture and ill treatment Moses told one human rights defender that the police severely beat him with machetes and batons tied and hanged him for several hours in interrogation rooms and used pliers to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/nigeria-child-tortured-and-sentenced-to-death (2016-02-13)
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  • Death penalty 2014: Alarming rise in death sentences as governments resorted to capital punishment to combat crime and terrorism | Amnesty International Canada
    shameful that so many states around the world are essentially playing with people s lives putting people to death for terrorism or to quell internal instability on the ill conceived premise of deterrence But there was also good news to be found in 2014 fewer executions were recorded compared to the year before and several countries took positive steps towards abolition of the death penalty Top executioners China again carried out more executions than the rest of the world put together Amnesty International believes thousands are executed and sentenced to death there every year but with numbers kept a state secret the true figure is impossible to determine The other countries making up the world s top five executioners in 2014 were Iran 289 officially announced and at least 454 more that were not acknowledged by the authorities Saudi Arabia at least 90 Iraq at least 61 and the USA 35 Excluding China at least 607 executions were known to have been carried out in 2014 compared to 778 in 2013 a drop of more than 20 per cent Executions were recorded in 22 countries in 2014 the same number as the year before This is a significant decrease from 20 years ago in 1995 when Amnesty International recorded executions in 42 countries highlighting the clear global trend of states moving away from the death penalty The numbers speak for themselves the death penalty is becoming a thing of the past The few countries that still execute need to take a serious look in the mirror and ask themselves if they want to continue to violate the right to life or join the vast majority of countries that have abandoned this ultimate cruel and inhuman punishment said Salil Shetty State security The disturbing trend of states using the death penalty to combat threats against state security was visible around the world with China Pakistan Iran and Iraq all executing people accused of terrorism Pakistan resumed executions in the wake of the horrific Taliban attack on a Peshawar school Seven people were executed in December and the government has said it will put hundreds more convicted on terrorism related charges to death Executions continued at a high rate in 2015 In China authorities made use of the death penalty as a punitive tool in the Strike Hard campaign against unrest in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Authorities executed at least 21 people during the year related to separate attacks while three people were condemned to death in a mass sentencing rally conducted in a stadium in front of thousands of spectators In a year when abhorrent summary executions by armed groups were branded on the global consciousness like never before it is appalling that governments are themselves resorting to more executions in a knee jerk reaction to combat terrorism and crime said Salil Shetty In countries including North Korea Iran and Saudi Arabia governments continued to use the death penalty as a tool to suppress political dissent Other states made use

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/death-penalty-2014-alarming-rise-in-death-sentences-as-governments-resorted-to (2016-02-13)
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