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  • Return to Côte d’Ivoire | Amnesty International Canada
    paths did not cross that time In November they decided they would try to go home and headed back to their village That only lasted a few months however as their village came under attack again in February 2012 and their own compound and everything in it was looted and then destroyed by fire This time they headed to the newly established camp for displaced people just outside Duékoué The Nahibly Camp was home to around 4 500 people bigger than most villages in the area And they were there on July 20th when a mob set upon the camp killing and beating many residents and once again setting everything on fire So it was back to the village But back to the village in fear Too fearful to try to regain fields and plantations that are now occupied by others Too fearful to go much further than about 1 kilometre into the brush outside the village Forced to flee four times in about eighteen months And after recounting his family s story all he had left to ponder was when will it ever end He asked the question with a sense of resignation and exhaustion that it would never end that violence would lead to more violence and displacement would be followed by more displacement So the road ahead working with Clémentine and the countless other Ivoirians determined to bring this human rights crisis to an end is to reach a point where that resigned question of when it will ever end has an answer it will end now Key is putting an end to impunity and ensuring that the individuals who order plan or carry out terrible attacks like the one against the Nahibly Camp face justice And it cannot be one sided justice Many of the officials who may be responsible for terrible human rights violations during the years that Laurent Gbagbo was president have been arrested though serious concerns mount about the failure to ensure they face fair and prompt trials Gbagbo himself of course is facing a trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague But there has been no effort to ensure that individuals associated with the current President Alassane Ouattara are held accountable for abuses before assuming power and violations since There has been no justice for last year s Carrefour massacres no justice for this year s killings at Nahibly And at this point in time no sign of justice to come But it must come Because that is when it will end When justice begins Photo Sandals abandoned during mass exodus from the Nahibly displaced persons camp when it was attacked on July 20 2012 There have be no arrests and We just want to know is he alive or not By Alex Neve 28 September 2012 We just want to know is he alive or not Over the past few days we have heard so very many heartbreaking accounts in towns and villages in western Côte d Ivoire from women men and young people who have found themselves once again plunged into a human rights crisis Or perhaps it s better to think of it as a crisis that has not yet come to an end Most brutal was the frenzied violent attack against the Nahibly camp for displaced persons outside the town of Duékoué 500 km west of Abidjan just over two months ago on July 20th Some 4 500 people were living at Nahibly at the time all of whom have been through the bloody and deadly weeks of massive human rights violations at the time of the electoral crisis in early 2011 They had lost love ones seen them killed in front of them They had been raped and beaten They had lost everything they owned when their homes were destroyed and their fields taken over There were three Amnesty International missions to this area during the first half of 2011 and we issued numerous reports highlighting the scale and severity of the violations and abuses When I was here in June last year close to one million Ivorians most from this region were still too fearful to return to their own homes were refugees in Liberia or displaced within their own country And now in a place that was supposed to offer safety once again it is death and destruction and once again we have heard stories of people watching as family members and friends were stuck down in front of them by a machete or bullet We have heard stories of chaos fear and desperate efforts to reach safety as homes and belongings were set on fire The violations did not end with the horrendous attack As people streamed out of the camp running for safety many young men were forced to the side They were loaded into army trucks and taken away and it has been very difficult to get a clear idea of how many men were taken and what has happened to them since We have received numerous reports that many different groups were involved in the abuses including the Dozos and armed elements of the local population Many questions also arise about the role of the military We interviewed a couple in their sixties who have been unable to get any news about their 28 year old son They were at Nahibly on July 20th along with their son s two young daughters and other members of their family In the chaos they ran and like everyone they became separated As she made it through the front entrance of the camp the mother saw her son being forced into one of the trucks She screamed after him but the truck drove away She ran after the truck and followed it to a military post She tried to get someone there to talk to her to answer questions and tell her about her son but she was chased away and two months later the authorities still refuse to give her or

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/research/human-rights-missions/mission-to-c%C3%B4te-d%E2%80%99ivoire-2012 (2016-02-13)
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  • “Thank you all for what you did for me,” Naser al Raas tells Amnesty members | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Thank you all for what you did for me Naser al Raas tells Amnesty members June 08 2012 On May 3 Naser al Raas dropped by Amnesty International s office in Ottawa to meet with Amnesty members volunteers and staff and thank them for their support Naser is the young Canadian who was detained in Bahrain in March 2011 during a visit to family members Over the following year he spent two periods in jail was tortured and was sentenced in October 2011 to five years in prison for participating in peaceful protests Amnesty members stood alongside him throughout his ordeal Thank you all for what you did for me Naser told Amnesty members I didn t know you in person but I knew you were fighting my case You gave me your time and effort I wasn t afraid

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/good-news/%E2%80%9Cthank-you-all-for-what-you-did-for-me%E2%80%9D-naser-al-raas-tells-amnesty-members (2016-02-13)
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  • Pipelines and Indigenous land rights: An urgent matter of Canada’s national interest | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Pipelines and Indigenous land rights An urgent matter of Canada s national interest Friday November 30 2012 11 06 Thousands of Canadians have asked for the opportunity to express their views to a public review of the proposed Enbridge oil sands pipeline across central British Columbia to the Pacific Coast This extraordinary display of public interest has caught the attention of the federal government In an open letter posted to his department s website just as the public hearings were about to begin the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver defined the export of oil sands crude to new markets in Asia as an urgent matter of Canada s national interest and complained that opponents are stacking public hearings to ensure that delays kill good projects While the Minister is careful to state that the regulatory system must be fair independent and consider different viewpoints including those of Aboriginal communities the clear implications of his letter are a that the government had already made up its mind to support the proposed pipeline and b that the government believes that hearing from everyone who has concerns about the pipeline will simply delay a project that would otherwise get under way much sooner In a joint response from the BC First Nations Summit the BC Union of Indian Chiefs and the BC Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Ed John states Federal politicians advocating for and promoting the proposed Enbridge project before the environmental review commences puts the entire review process in jeopardy We question how the three National Energy Board panelists who were appointed by the federal government can fairly review this proposal when the Prime Minister and Minister of Environment openly promote what they perceive as the necessary outcome The Natural Resources Minister has been saying for some time that his government wants to streamline the review process to get these projects approved This quotation is from a Globe and Mail article from November What about projects that should never be approved In every instance the government has a clear obligation to ensure that fundamental human rights are protected before any project is approved A thorough public review process is meant to provide credible public assurance that projects will only proceed if the potential social and environmental harms have been appropriately weighed and addressed But the government s obligations don t end there In any project with the potential for serious impacts on the rights of Indigenous peoples the free prior and informed consent of those peoples is an essential indispensable prerequisite

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/pipelines-and-indigenous-land-rights-an-urgent-matter-of-canada%E2%80%99s-national-interest-0 (2016-02-13)
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  • China: Torture and forced confessions rampant amid systematic trampling of lawyers’ rights | Amnesty International Canada
    scourge of torture and ill treatment in China If the government is serious about improving human rights it must start holding law enforcement agencies to account when they commit abuses Lawyers from across China told Amnesty International of the retribution they faced when they challenged law enforcement authorities Lawyers pointed to fundamental flaws in the justice system that allow police officers prosecutors and other officials to circumvent new safeguards designed to prevent forced confessions leading to wrongful convictions Chinese legal experts estimate that less than 20 of all criminal defendants have legal representation The government seems more concerned about the potential embarrassment wrongful convictions can cause than about curbing torture in detention said Patrick Poon For the police obtaining a confession is still the easiest way to secure a conviction Until lawyers are allowed to do their jobs without fear of reprisals torture will remain rampant in China The report documents torture and ill treatment in pre trial detention including beatings by police or by other detainees with the officers knowledge or upon their orders Tools of torture described include iron restraint chairs tiger benches in which individuals legs are tightly bound to a bench with bricks gradually added under the victim s feet forcing the legs backwards as well as long periods of sleep deprivation and the denial of sufficient food and water With China s record on torture set to be scrutinized by the United Nations expert anti torture committee in Geneva next week the government has claimed the authorities have always encouraged and supported lawyers in performing their duties and denied any retaliation Tang Jitian a former prosecutor and lawyer in Beijing told Amnesty International he was tortured by local security officials in March 2014 when he and three other lawyers investigated alleged torture at a secret detention facility known as a black jail in Jiansanjiang north eastern China I was strapped to an iron chair slapped in the face kicked on my legs and hit so hard over the head with a plastic bottle filled with water that I passed out he said Tang Jitian was later hooded his arms handcuffed behind his back and suspended off the ground by his wrists as police beat him Yu Wensheng a lawyer from Beijing was arrested on 13 October 2014 and detained for 99 days by police He told Amnesty International he was questioned approximately 200 times with 10 public security officials assigned to interrogate him in three shifts every day His wrists were shackled behind his back with the handcuffs deliberately set far too tight My hands were swollen and I felt so much pain that I didn t want to live The police officers repeatedly yanked the handcuffs and I would scream he said Secret detention and torture Legal experts told Amnesty International that the extraction of confessions through torture remains entrenched in pre trial detention in particular in political cases such as those involving dissidents ethnic minorities or those involved in religious activities The report

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/china-torture-and-forced-confessions-rampant-amid-systematic-trampling-lawyers%E2%80%99-rights (2016-02-13)
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  • Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from the Canadian Coalition for Human Rights in China | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau from the Canadian Coalition for Human Rights in China Coalition letters November 13 2015 Canadian Coalition on Human RIghts in China c o Amnesty International 312 Laurier Avenue East Ottawa Ontario K1N 1H9 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa Ontario K1A 0A2 November 13 2015 Dear Prime Minister We write this Open Letter to you as members of the Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China 1 a coalition of 15 Canadian organizations dedicated to ensuring there is strong attention to human rights in Canada s relationship with China We are writing in advance of your upcoming trips to the G20 Summit in Turkey and the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in the Philippines Those meetings offer you your first opportunity for engagement as Prime Minister with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials We understand you may have your first such opportunity to meet with President Xi Jinping in Turkey over the weekend Our Coalition urges you to use this occasion to signal a clear intention to put human rights at the center of Canada s relationship with China Canada s relationship with China is certainly one of the most crucial foreign policy priorities you will face as Prime Minister That relationship is a very important one for many reasons including economic security and geopolitical considerations So too the many challenges and concerns about China s human rights record require very serious and deliberate attention It is our hope therefore that a comprehensive strategy will be developed to ensure that advancing stronger human rights protection will be central to that relationship and will extend across the entire range of dealings between Canada and China We believe that this is a critical time for a renewed approach to human rights in the Canada China relationship Our organizations have documented increased human rights violations in China including a very troubling campaign of intensified repression of democracy and human rights activists in recent years The situation for Tibetans and Uighurs continues to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/open-letter-prime-minister-trudeau-canadian-coalition-human-rights-china (2016-02-13)
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  • China: Lawyers face 15 years in jail on ‘chilling’ state security charges | Amnesty International Canada
    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 China Lawyers face 15 years in jail on chilling state security charges News releases July 16 2015 The Chinese authorities have ratcheted up their crackdown against human rights lawyers and activists using draconian state security charges to detain at least three people Amnesty International said today Lawyers Xie Yang Sui Muqing and activist Gou Hongguo are being held on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power which could carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years The use of state security charges is chilling and only underlines the ferocity of the attack against rights lawyers said William Nee China Researcher at Amnesty International The scale and severity of this crackdown is unprecedented The authorities appear intent on destroying the growing network of human rights lawyers and activists and on spreading fear among those willing to stand up for human rights The move by the authorities raises fears that many of the 31 lawyers and activists still detained or missing since the crackdown began last Thursday are likely to face similar state security charges Nearly 200 individuals have been questioned or detained by police in the nationwide crackdown over the past week The whereabouts of Xie Yang Sui Muqing and Gou Hongguo remain unknown after authorities announced they had been placed under residential surveillance Under a controversial practice the police could hold the men in unknown locations for up to six months without access to their lawyers and family members All three men are at grave risk of torture and other ill treatment Sui Muqing s wife refused to follow a police demand to write a letter to her husband telling him to admit to his crimes The crackdown has been accompanied by a smear campaign in state media with lawyers and activists accused of being part of a criminal operation to undermine social stability The People s Daily the Communist Party s newspaper has claimed that in order to build a society that uses the law to resolve problems the police need to strike hard against

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/china-lawyers-face-15-years-in-jail-on-%E2%80%98chilling%E2%80%99-state-security-charges (2016-02-13)
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  • China: Drop draft law aimed at stifling NGO s- Amnesty International criticizes draft Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations Management Law in a submission to Chinese lawmakers. | Amnesty International Canada
    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 China Drop draft law aimed at stifling NGO s Amnesty International criticizes draft Foreign Non Governmental Organizations Management Law in a submission to Chinese lawmakers Media advisories June 02 2015 The Chinese authorities must drop a fundamentally flawed draft NGO law that would put a hold on civil society and have severe consequences for freedom of expression and association in the country Amnesty International said In a submission to China s National People s Congress Standing Committee s Legislative Affairs Commission Amnesty International highlights major shortcomings in the draft Foreign Non Governmental Organizations Management Law that would stifle civil society and breach China s international human rights obligations This chilling draft NGO law is a very real threat to the valuable and legitimate work of independent civil society groups The authorities would have unchecked power to target organizations restrict their activities and ultimately choke civil society said William Nee China Researcher at Amnesty International The law is the latest in a series of repressive measures by the government to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/media-advisories/china-drop-draft-law-aimed-at-stifling-ngo-s-amnesty-international-criticizes (2016-02-13)
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  • China: Draconian anti-terror law an assault on human rights | Amnesty International Canada
    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 China Draconian anti terror law an assault on human rights News releases March 03 2015 The proposed new anti terror law in China would be a targeted assault on freedom of religion and expression as well as the rights of ethnic minorities Amnesty International warned Despite recent revisions the draft law has virtually no safeguards to prevent those who peacefully practice their religion or simply criticize government policies from being persecuted on broad charges related to terrorism or extremism The National People s Congress NPC China s annual parliamentary session which starts on Thursday is expected to rubber stamp the latest draft of the law China has a duty to protect people from violent attacks but this draconian law is not the answer National security is being used as a pretext to further attack religious freedom and silence government critics said William Nee China Researcher at Amnesty International Anyone suspected of terrorist activities could also see their freedom of movement severely restricted and be subjected to so called education measures or other forms of arbitrary detention The revisions aren t enough Chinese authorities should rip up this this vaguely worded draft and start again There need to be adequate safeguards in place to balance security with individuals rights said William Nee International standards require that human rights including freedom of expression are protected in any national security legislation Freedom of expression including peaceful criticism of the government policies or the government itself should be explicitly protected in any law said William Nee Religious freedom in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Religious freedom comes under specific attack in the draft legislation Anyone who provides venues for religious worship could potentially be criminalized and branded as terrorists or extremists even if the religious practices are completely peaceful In the past year the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/china-draconian-anti-terror-law-an-assault-on-human-rights (2016-02-13)
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