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  • Nigeria: Stop Torture in detention centre | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Stop Torture in detention centre Wednesday September 17 2014 17 39 Stop torture in this Nigerian detention facility I was given a thorough beating They took me to a place they called theatre They tied my hands behind my back and tied me with a rope while I was left hanging on a rod They were pulling the ropes from both sides Statement made by a former detainee in SARS Awkuzu We know where torture is happening in Nigeria and with your help we are going to try to stop it Torture is common and routine in Nigeria Suspects in military and police custody across the country are subjected to torture as punishment or to extract confessions as a shortcut to solve cases The reliance on confessions together with rampant incommunicado detention and a system riddled with corruption provides the ideal setting for torture and other ill treatment A wide range of torture methods are used including beatings shootings nail and teeth extractions and rape and other sexual violence Many detention facilities have torture chambers Officials are able to torture and get away with it because most complaints about torture don t lead to an investigation and rarely to prosecution The Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS Headquarters in Awkuzu Anambra State has a torture chamber And it is used all too frequently TAKE ACTION

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/nigeria-stop-torture-in-detention-centre (2016-02-13)
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  • Philippines: Justice for torture survivor Dave Enriquez | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Philippines Justice for torture survivor Dave Enriquez Thursday June 18 2015 12 27 Dave Enriquez arrested and tortured in the Philippines In 2012 Dave Enriquez a young bakery worker in the Philippines was arrested and accused of stealing two roosters In the police station Dave who suffers from intellectual disabilities wasn t allowed to contact his lawyer or family Instead four policemen beat Dave with a wooden paddle pounded his fingers with a stapler and banged his head against the metal gate of his cell Dave has been since been released however a complaint filed against the police with support from the Philippine Commission on Human Rights was dismissed by the prosecutor s office No one has been held responsible In recent years reports of torture have risen dramatically in the Philippines but to date not one torture survivor has obtained justice The few victims who do manage to initiate proceedings against their torturers find themselves confronted with a dauntingly complex criminal and administrative complaints system In December 2014 following the launch of an Amnesty International report on the police use of torture the Philippines Senate opened an official inquiry to address the allegations raised in Amnesty s report The Senate inquiry provides an opportunity to streamline the complex administrative accountability mechanisms currently in place Please send a letter email or Tweet calling on Senator Poe Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order to guarantee that no one in the Philippines is above the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/philippines-justice-for-torture-survivor-dave-enriquez (2016-02-13)
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  • United Arab Emirates: End use of music to torture prisoners | Amnesty International Canada
    11 November by blaring music on the speakers in Abu Dhabi s al Razeen Prison He rang the emergency bells in his locked cell but no one responded and he passed out Security guards checking the monitoring cameras fitted in the cells came when they saw him on the floor As he was unconscious they took him to the prison clinic in a wheelchair Dr Mohammed al Roken was found to have high blood pressure He was later returned to his cell in which he is locked from 10pm to 5am In the morning the prison authorities started to play loud music again Dr Mohammed al Roken felt pain in his ear and was transferred back to the prison clinic where he was diagnosed with an ear infection The extremely loud music had exacerbated it Dr Mohammed al Roken is serving a 10 year sentence for attempting to overthrow the government handed down on 2 July 2013 in the grossly unfair and politically motivated UAE 94 trial Several of those tried alongside him alleged and presented evidence of torture and other ill treatment but none has been independently investigated The authorities have not responded to a request by the UN Special Rapporteur on torture to visit the country Please send a fax email tweet or letter to the Vice President who is also the Prime Minister Begin with Your Highness Write something about yourself in your first sentence to make your message unique Ask him to make sure that prisoners at al Razeen Prison are protected from torture and other ill treatment including very loud noise Call on them to release Mohammed al Roken and all other prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally as they are held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association If you wish you could add a request that he accept a visit to the UAE from the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez The Rapporteur wishes to investigate accusations of torture practiced by the State Security Address your message to HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum Prime Minister s Office PO Box 212000 Dubai United Arab Emirates Postage 2 50 Fax 011 971 4 330 4044 Email info primeminister ae Twitter HHShkMohd Please send a copy to His Excellency Mohammed Saif Helal M Al Shehhi Ambassador for the United Arab Emirates 125 Boteler Street Ottawa Ontario K1N 0A4 Postage 85 Fax 613 565 8007 E mail reception uae embassy com Additional information Dr Mohammad al Roken is a prominent human rights lawyer from the emirate of Dubai and former president of the UAE s Jurists Association He was arrested in the early hours of 17 July 2012 by State Security officers as he was driving to a Dubai police station to inquire about his son Rashid Mohammed al Roken and his son in law Abdulla al Hajri who had been arrested hours earlier The next day 17 security officers took him to his house which they searched and confiscated

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/united-arab-emirates-end-use-music-torture-prisoners (2016-02-13)
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  • Tasers authorized in Saskatchewan | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Tasers authorized in Saskatchewan Updates January 24 2013 On January 21 2013 the Saskatchewan Police Commission approved the use of Conducted Energy Weapons commonly referred to by the brand name tasers by municipal police This announcement followed an extensive multi year review inspired in part by concerns around the taser related death of Robert Dziekanski in Vancouver Airport in 2007 Any municipal police force wishing to issue tasers to its members must still have its policies approved by the Commission before the device can be deployed Up until this point only tactical units and RCMP officers in the province were authorized to use tasers International human rights standards for the use of force and firearms by law enforcement support the principle that the minimum force necessary should be used to safely resolve any situation For many years Amnesty International was concerned that stun devices which are particularly prone to misuse were introduced in advance of an adequate understanding of the technology As a result tasers ended up being used too soon and too often Further studies and recent public debate has

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/updates/tasers-authorized-in-saskatchewan (2016-02-13)
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  • Matching International Commitments with National Action | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Secondary links News Events Blog Research Store Write for Rights Matching International Commitments with National Action Families of Sisters in Spirit evening vigil Oct 2012 Reports December 19 2012 Canada has a strong record of accepting international obligations including by ratifying most of the major international human rights treaties However Canada s record is less exemplary when it comes to complying with the findings and recommendations that come out of UN reviews Canada s human rights record attracted considerable UN level attention over the course of 2012 The reviews covered a range of ongoing and very serious human rights concerns in the country Amnesty International s 2013 Human Rights Agenda for Canada is calling for concerted action to address this deepening concern Rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments apply globally and equally to all people The

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/research/reports/matching-international-commitments-with-national-action (2016-02-13)
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  • Questions and Answers: our work with Indigenous peoples | Amnesty International Canada
    to comply and implement these standards as part of the broader body of international human rights law that they have committed to uphold What is the history of Amnesty International s work as a global human rights movement in respect to the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada Amnesty International has long worked alongside Indigenous peoples organizations communities and activists in Canada to help document and expose violations of the rights of specific Indigenous individuals at the hands of police and the justice system For example we were among many social justice organizations that long pressed for a public inquiry into the Ontario Provincial Police shooting of Dudley George at Ipperwash Park in 1995 Over the last decade as part of the global evolution of Amnesty International we have come to do more and more work on deeply rooted problems of marginalization and discrimination that often fuel other human rights violations This has led to a significant body of research and campaigning on critical concerns identified by Indigenous peoples in Canada such as violence against Indigenous women and the need for effective protection of Indigenous peoples land rights The various campaigns linked from this page reflect the diversity of this work and the seriousness of these concerns Why is Amnesty International focusing attention on Canada Our attention to Indigenous rights in Canada reflects our commitment to the universality of human rights and the reality documented not only by Amnesty but by countless other human rights organizations that Canada is doing less than it can and less than it should to live up to its human rights obligations High level government inquiries federal audits international human rights bodies and Amnesty International s own research all confirm that there is a substantial and unacceptable gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous peoples in the enjoyment of basis human rights Despite living in one of the world s wealthiest countries Indigenous families and communities in Canada continue to face widespread impoverishment inadequate housing food insecurity ill health and unsafe drinking water Government services needed to improve people s lives and address the legacy of past wrongs often fall far short of what is needed Despite repeated claims about large amounts of money spent on Indigenous peoples funding for many basic services for Indigenous peoples is often significantly less than what is provided in predominantly non Indigenous communities The Canadian Constitution affirms both the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples and the Treaties that they have entered into with Canada Governments in Canada are supposed to act as guarantors of these rights Instead in positions taken during negotiations and before courts governments in Canada have consistently sought to minimize their responsibilities Processes to resolve disputes over Indigenous land rights is so adversarial prolonged and costly that the Inter Commission on Human Rights has concluded that land claims processes in Canada don t meet international standards of justice These are all significant concerns in their own right because they exemplify the discriminatory treatment experienced by Indigenous

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/lead-in-your-community/questions-and-answers-our-work-with-indigenous-peoples (2016-02-13)
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  • Canada: Follow-up Procedure to the Forty-Eighth Session of the Committee Against Torture | Amnesty International Canada
    Open for Justice Stop Torture Stop Torture Act Stop Torture Learn Stop Torture Share Stop Torture Tools 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 Canada Follow up Procedure to the Forty Eighth Session of the Committee Against Torture Media briefings May 16 2013 Amnesty International welcomed the June 2012 Concluding Observations of the Committee against Torture the Committee following its examination of Canada s sixth periodic report 1 We submit this follow up briefing to assist the Committee in identifying ongoing areas of concern related to the priorities for follow up Amnesty International is deeply concerned about Canada s lack of progress in implementing

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/media-briefings/canada-follow-up-procedure-to-the-forty-eighth-session-of-the-committee-against (2016-02-13)
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  • Mission to South Sudan 2012 | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Research Human Rights Missions Home Research Human Rights Missions Secondary links News Events Blog Research Human Rights Missions Peace Valley BC Visit Mission to South Sudan 2015 Mission to South Sudan 2014 Mission to South Sudan 2013 Mission to Chad Mission to Colombia Mission to South Sudan 2012 Return to Côte d Ivoire Mission to Mexico Store Write for Rights Mission to South Sudan 2012 Mission to South Sudan 2012 In April May 2012 Alex Neve Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada visited South Sudan as part of a mission to investigate the situation facing displaced person who have been forced from their homes by violence

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/research/human-rights-missions/mission-to-south-sudan-2012 (2016-02-13)
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