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  • The Maternal Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights Toolkit | Amnesty International Canada
    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 The Maternal Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights Toolkit The Maternal Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights Toolkit for Activists can assist you and your community to better understand your rights and take action to claim your rights Included in the Tookit are Fact sheets to help you learn more about the issue and the human rights at stake Country case studies that give examples of how communities are struggling to claim their rights Postcards and ideas for activism Workshop guides and exercises so that you can spread the word and take action in your community Amnesty International activists have marched together

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/lead-in-your-community/the-maternal-health-and-sexual-and-reproductive-rights-toolkit (2016-02-13)
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  • Torture Survivors | Amnesty International Canada
    that her father strongly believed that education was the way out of poverty If people are educated they can t be exploited We are trying to make sure our Latino youth get a chance Photo by Eugen Florin Zamfirescu HAMID GHASSEMI SHALL Hamid s nightmare began in May 2008 when he left his home in Toronto and flew to Iran to visit his elderly sick mother Soon after arriving he and his older brother were arrested on charges related to espionage and cooperating with a banned opposition group Hamid was held in solitary confinement in Tehran s notorious Evin prison for 18 months He was sentenced to death following an unfair trial in December 2008 During his time in prison his wife in Canada Antonella Mega campaigned relentlessly on his behalf Amnesty International campaigned alongside Antonella Hamid was released from prison in September 2013 and allowed to return to his home in Canada Since his release from prison Hamid has provided testimony regarding his experience to the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran He has become a vocal supporter of the need to promote human rights in Iran and advocates for the release of prisoners who are wrongfully detained in Iranian prisons Hamid knows the importance of standing with those who remain behind bars When he heard that Antonella and Amnesty International were fighting for his freedom it gave him the energy to fight back He knows that speaking out for others can make the difference between life and death He has called on Canada to sign the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture He knows that torture occurs behind closed doors when no one is watching Photo by Eugen Florin Zamfirescu MARINA NEMAT On January 15 1982 at age 16 Marina Nemat was arrested and spent more than two years in Evin prison in Iran where she was tortured and came very close to execution Her crime was complaining that math and history lessons in her school had been replaced by Koran instruction and political propaganda She was released from prison in 1984 and returned home to her family She never spoke about her two years in prison She married had a child and in 1990 left Iran with her husband and child and moved to Canada After arriving in Canada Marina was pre occupied with the life of a new immigrant another child was born and she and her husband were busy establishing their home and careers in a new country After 20 years when nightmares and flashbacks continued to haunt her and interrupt her sleep she began to look to her past and write about it Her writing began as a therapeutic diary and became a mission to tell the story of Iran s past in the hopes of helping its future Marina was not prepared to pretend that her two years of abuse in Evin prison never happened She knew that she had to find a way to talk about what happened to her Her memoir Prisoner of Tehran was published in 2007 Marina Nemat has been a vocal advocate of human rights She has received multiple awards for her work in support of human rights and speaks regularly at high schools universities and conferences around the world She speaks passionately about human rights and calls on Canada to do everything possible to put an end to torture Photo by Eugen Florin Zamfirescu NASER AL RAAS Naser al Raas was seized by policeman as he was returning to Kuwait from Bahrain in 2011 A visit to his family and fiancée in Bahrain resulted in his arrest and a month of torture for allegedly taking part in pro democracy protests Naser was placed in solitary confinement where he endured a continuous horror dream of electric shocks and beatings He was denied the medicine he needed to treat a serious heart condition His detention drew international attention His supporters including Amnesty International used social media and online campaigns to call for his release Naser was released then re arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for participating in peaceful protests He was finally released in February 2012 and shortly after married his fiancée Zainab Ahmed Naser returned to Canada yearning for justice and with a desire to hold to account those who had abused his human rights and the rights of countless others in Bahrain He has become an outspoken anti torture activist who never hesitates to tell his story and talk about how important it is for all Canadians including Canadian authorities to speak out and take action to Stop Torture around the world Thank you all for what you did for me I wasn t afraid because I knew you were fighting for me looking after me all the way from Canada Even when I was sleeping I felt safe Photo by Eugen Florin Zamfirescu MARTHA KUWEE KUMSA Martha Kuwee Kumsa and her three young children arrived in Canada in 1991 as refugees She had spent 10 years in an Ethiopian prison because of her work as a journalist and her support for the rights of the Oromo people Martha knows what it means to be broken in body and spirit She was brutally tortured Many of her fellow prisoners were killed before her eyes or vanished without a trace or explanation While imprisoned Martha received letters which encouraged her to hope against despair She taught herself French and then taught it as well as biology geography and math to prisoners and to the sons and daughters of prison administrators The resilience and energy which allowed Martha to survive in prison allowed her to survive in Canada Today she is a published writer and poet who speaks around the world on the topic of human rights and freedom of expression She has received multiple awards for her work and is an active member of human rights organisations including PEN Canada and Amnesty International After arriving in Canada she returned to school and finished a PhD

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/stoptorture/torture-survivors (2016-02-13)
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  • Yecenia’s letter speaks straight from the heart and reaches out through prison bars to all who believe in the power of speaking up for human rights | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Yecenia s letter speaks straight from the heart and reaches out through prison bars to all who believe in the power of speaking up for human rights Thursday July 9 2015 15 04 Photo Credit Amnesty International By Kathy Price Amnesty Canada s Mexico campaigner The long sun filled days of July are a time of joyful freedom for many of us in Canada as we take a break from work or school to enjoy hanging out with friends and family Not so for a young mother in Mexico called Yecenia Armenta This July marks three years since Yecenia was picked up and tortured by Mexican security forces tortured so cruelly that she did as she was ordered and signed a confession that was used to imprison her Three long years behind bars far from her children three years of nightmare treatment suffering and injustice Amnesty International recently visited Yecenia in jail Our researchers told her about Amnesty supporters in Canada and around the world who are winning successes in our campaign to stop torture Other survivors of torture in Mexico like Angel Colón are now free while others like Claudia Medina have seen the authorities agree to drop the unjust fabricated charges against them Our efforts really can make a difference no matter how impossible it often seems That s why Yecenia Armenta wrote the following letter to all of us Please read her moving words then click on the link to take action Thank you for using your freedom this summer to appeal for Yecenia s Dear friends I m writing to you from a prison cell in northern Mexico The heat is intense in these summer months it gets to 40 degrees and rising and inside these cells we are all sweating Three years I ve seen summers come and fade people arrive at and then leave this place and all the time my children are growing up outside these walls Three years of change and movement but still I remain here At times I must admit I ve felt very tired and defeated Before all this happened I used to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/yecenia%E2%80%99s-letter-speaks-straight-from-the-heart-and-reaches-out-through-prison-bars-to-all-who?utm_source=Amnesty%20International%20Canada%20-%20amnestycanada&utm_medium=FBPAGE&utm_campaign=Torture (2016-02-13)
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  • “My freedom is your victory!” | Amnesty International Canada
    Us Home My freedom is your victory Tuesday June 30 2015 10 00 AI Canada s Secretary General Alex Neve congratulates former prisoner of conscience and torture survivor Angel Amílcar Colón Quevedo after his inspiring speech at Amnesty s AGM Photo Credit Paul Thompson AI Canada By Kathy Price Mexico Campaigner with Amnesty International Canada I m betting that no one who met Garifuna defender and former prisoner of conscience Angel Amílcar Colón Quevedo during his recent visit to Canada will forget his incredible smile or his inspiring words I certainly won t At meetings in Toronto Ottawa and Halifax Angel couldn t have been clearer about the impact of advocacy work by Amnesty supporters If Amnesty International had not made visible in Canada and around the world the torture and imprisonment I suffered for crimes I did not commit I would never have escaped from that nightmare I would have been sentenced to more than 70 years in jail based solely on a confession I signed after being tortured and threatened with more torture The fact that I am free and here before you today is proof that the efforts of Amnesty supporters produce positive results Angel was accompanied by Luis Tapia Olivares below right a lawyer from the Centro Prodh human rights centre in Mexico City who worked tirelessly amidst a system dominated by corruption and impunity in order to defend Angel against fabricated charges of drug trafficking and organized crime Securing the release of Angel would have been extremely difficult likely impossible without the support of Amnesty International said Luis By declaring Angel a prisoner of conscience and mobilizing activists around the world to call for his release Amnesty put Angel out in front of the eyes of the world International pressure is vital since Mexican authorities care very much about Mexico s international image Angel and Luis came to Canada to take part in Amnesty s biannual national gathering and speak at a human rights conference that attracted a large attentive audience at the spectacular new Halifax Public Library Angel unmasked shocking realities in Mexico by courageously revisiting his traumatic personal experiences first retelling his feelings when he saw blood covered floors and heard terrifying screams at the military base to which he was brought He then recounted how soldiers pinned him down and put a plastic bag over his head while others jumped on his stomach making him feel that my soul was leaving my body Amongst other horrors soldiers poured water over a cloth placed over his mouth so he choked with every breath Nobody was left in any doubt that Amnesty s campaign to Stop Torture in Mexico remains an urgent priority I m one of the lucky ones said Angel But there are so many other people suffering torture as security forces seek confessions to show their efforts to rein in drug cartels are being successful That s why you must not stop what you are doing because there are so many

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/%E2%80%9Cmy-freedom-is-your-victory%E2%80%9D (2016-02-13)
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  • We ARE Stopping Torture! | Amnesty International Canada
    Ministry of Justice and Liberties instructs prosecutors and judges to order medical examinations when faced with reports of torture and other ill treatment Amnesty International has warned that despite existing safeguards courts often fail to act when confronted with signs of torture Nigeria December 10 2014 Nigerian police publish a Human Rights Practice Manual setting out standards expected of police officers Amnesty International has campaigned since 2008 for the police to produce detailed guidelines on respecting human rights for officers June 3 2015 Nigeria s National Assembly passes a new bill criminalizing torture as called for by an Amnesty International report It is now awaiting signature by the newly elected President Buhari June 3 2015 Nigeria frees Moses Akatugba a Nigerian torture victim sentenced to death for armed robbery after stealing three mobile phones a crime he says he didn t commit based on a confession obtained under torture More than 800 000 Amnesty International supporters called on Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to commute the death sentence through letters and petitions The Governor pardoned Moses on May 28 2015 as one of his last acts before leaving office Philippines December 4 2014 A senate resolution in the Philippines calls for a senate inquiry based on Amnesty International s report on torture in the country The inquiry took place on January 14 2015 Our work is not done yet We have seen progress on individual cases and we have started working towards long term systematic change in each country but we have a long way to go On June 26 the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture we challenge you to re commit yourself to Stop Torture What can I do Follow us on Twitter AIStopTorture Sign our e action calling on Canada to prevent torture in detention centres around the world Sign our e action calling on Saudia Arabia to free Raif Badawi Write a letter to help free Adrian Vasquez in Mexico Write a letter and raise your voice for Yecenia in Mexico Write a letter and vaice your voice with Angel to help end torture in Mexico Write a letter to help free Wafae Charaf and Oussama Housne Write a letter to help Stop Torture in detention centres in Nigeria Write a letter seeking justice for Dave Enriquez in the Philippines Write a letter to help free Dilorom Abdukadirova in Uzbekistan Want to know what else you can to do help Stop Torture Look for ideas actions and inspiration on our Stop Torture webpage We can we will and we ARE stopping torture StopTorture Here s some more cool facts and figures about why we re campaigning to stop torture and the impact that Amnesty s campaigning is having worldwide While many countries made significant strides in combating torture governments around the world are still using torture to extract information force confessions silence dissent or simply as a cruel form of punishment 157 the number of countries that have ratified the United Nations Convention against

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/we-are-stopping-torture (2016-02-13)
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  • From the classroom to death row.... and now freedom | Amnesty International Canada
    how the 26 year old torture survivor reacted when he found out his life had been spared I promise to be a human rights activist to fight for others Moses Akatugba May 28 2015 These were among the first words Moses uttered when Justine called him to break the news that Emmanuel Uduaghan Governor of Nigeria s Delta State had issued him a last minute pardon on May 28 2015 Justine had spent the day anxiously monitoring the Governor s Facebook page hoping for updates That day I was so tense I knew it was the last day the Governor could pardon Moses before he left office he explains Finally the good news came I called Moses immediately and when I told him what had happened he was overwhelmed with joy he could not talk It was a long time before he could respond and then he just began to shout From schoolboy to torture survivor Aged 16 Moses was a normal schoolboy from southern Nigeria Full of hope for the future he was relieved to have finished his secondary school exams and was waiting anxiously for his results His dream was to fulfil his late father s wishes and study medicine On November 27 2005 Moses said goodbye to his family and left to visit his aunt When he didn t come home as planned his mother became worried A widow she was supporting her five children by selling food at a local market in Effurun a busy city in Delta state While his mother was looking for him Moses was being interrogated by soldiers If Moses had been allowed to call a lawyer or even just his mother it could have protected him from torture But for the first 24 hours nobody knew where he was A local street vendor eventually visited Moses mother saying she had seen a group of soldiers arrest him Moses wasn t to come home for almost ten years Unimaginable pain It would be almost eight of those years before Justine was even to find out about Moses case But as soon as he did he went to Warri prison and interviewed him My organization the Human Rights Social Development and Environmental Foundation in Nigeria documents cases of juveniles in prison with adults so when I heard about Moses case it caught my attention Justine explains There Moses told Justine that when he was first arrested soldiers had shot him in one hand beat him on the head and back and taken him to a local army barracks for interrogation They showed him a corpse and asked him to identify it When Moses said he didn t know the dead man the soldiers beat him again Justine remembers They then took him to a police station where he says the officers beat him hard with machetes and batons They tied him up and left him hanging upside down from a ceiling fan for hours They also pulled out his toe and finger nails

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/from-the-classroom-to-death-row-and-now-freedom (2016-02-13)
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  • Moses Pardoned! | 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 Moses Pardoned May 28 2015 Moses Akatugba who was sentenced to death by hanging for stealing mobile phones has been granted a total pardon by Emmanuel Uduaghan the Governor of Delta State UPDATE JUNE 2 2015 THE RELEASE ORDER ARRIVED AT WARRI PRISON THIS AFTERNOON AND MOSES IS NOW FREE Thank you to the thousands of you who took action for Moses and urged the Governor to show mercy The news of his release comes days after thousands of Amnesty supporters sent Facebook and Twitter messages to Governor Uduaghan asking him to make sparing Moses part of his legacy before he steps down on 29 May Tens of thousands of Amnesty supporters also signed petitions as part of Amnesty s global campaign to Stop Torture and wrote letters as part of Amnesty s global event Write for Rights Together our voices really can make a difference thank you Tortured into a confession 16 year old Moses Akatugba was awaiting the results of his secondary school exams when his life changed forever He was arrested by the Nigerian army and he says shot in the hand beaten on the head and back and then charged with stealing mobile phones He was initially held at the local army barracks where he says soldiers showed him a corpse He couldn t identify the dead man so they beat him After being transferred to Epkan police station in Delta State Moses was tortured again He said that the police beat him severely with machetes and batons tied him up and hung him for several hours in interrogation rooms and used pliers to pull out his finger and toe nails to force him to sign two confessions which formed the sole basis of his conviction 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 speaking in February 2014 Torture by police widespread in Nigeria Across the country torture is inflicted on men women and children by the authorities intended to protect them We regularly receive reports that Nigerian police routinely torture suspects to extract information and in many police stations suspects are denied access to a lawyer In

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/good-news/moses-pardoned?utm_source=Amnesty%20International%20Canada&utm_medium=FBPAGE&utm_campaign=Torture (2016-02-13)
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  • European Union companies still trading in ‘tools of torture’ | Amnesty International Canada
    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 European Union companies still trading in tools of torture News releases May 27 2015 Posted at 0001hrs BST 28 May 2015 Companies based in the European Union EU are still marketing and trading in a range of security equipment which can be used to torture and ill treat people Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation warned in a new report today Such activities continue because of loopholes in the decade old European regulation aimed at restricting the trade in these goods Grasping the nettle Ending Europe s trade in execution and torture technology details these gaps and spells out how EU institutions and member states can and must close them It is being launched as the European Parliament opens fresh debate on 28 May over proposed amendments to the EU s Torture Trade Regulation in force since 2006 Europe has come a long way towards ending the repugnant trade in some of the world s most sinister tools and technologies which can be used to torture and execute people said Marek Marczynski Head of Military Security and Police at Amnesty International But as this new report shows significant loopholes remain This means that companies can still profit from human misery despite the prohibitions and controls already in place If Europe is serious about leading the charge to eradicate torture and abolish the death penalty it must close these loopholes urgently Since 2006 the EU has had the world s only regional mechanism to prohibit or control the trade of equipment which could be used in torture or capital punishment Amnesty International and Omega have subsequently highlighted the serious limitations in the Regulation and its patchy implementation by EU states In recent years the EU has sought to address these failings including by greatly expanding the lists of goods that are either prohibited or controlled The European Commission has presented further proposals for strengthening the Regulation which are now being considered by member states and the European Parliament Amnesty International and Omega support many of these proposals and urge their adoption However the organizations new report identifies remaining gaps in these proposals which would still allow EU companies to Broker the sale and transfer of security equipment to non EU countries as long as the deals are made outside the EU and the devices don t touch European soil Openly promote previously prohibited equipment such as net beds a cage like structure built into a bed frame body worn shock devices or restraints attaching prisoners to fixed objects at EU arms fairs and exhibitions as well as on the internet Market security equipment to police such as electric shock stun guns shock batons and shock shields that is completely inappropriate for law enforcement Provide

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/european-union-companies-still-trading-in-%E2%80%98tools-of-torture%E2%80%99 (2016-02-13)
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