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  • Tiananmen’s legacy 26 years on, turning back the clock | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Tiananmen s legacy 26 years on turning back the clock Thursday June 4 2015 10 27 Gao Yu journalist and prisoner of conscience Photo Credit China Rights Forum By William Nee China Researcher at Amnesty International On twitter williamnee 26 years have passed since the tragic days in 1989 when thousands of peaceful pro democracy protesters were brutally repressed in and around Beijing s Tiananmen Square But even though the tanks have long left the city s infamous square President Xi Jinping appears as determined to quash anyone perceived as challenging the Communist Party s hegemony When President Xi took office in late 2012 he declared power would be put in a cage but it is the independently minded academics journalists lawyers and rights activists that have been thrown in jail We are witnessing one of the darkest periods for freedom of expression in China since the bloodshed of 1989 Gao Yu a veteran Chinese journalist currently languishing in a Beijing jail is one of the many dissenting voices who has suffered the arbitrary power of the Chinese state for decades In April after an unfair trial she was sentenced to seven years in prison on the spurious charge of disclosing state secrets She was first declared a public enemy by Communist Party officials in the late 1980s when she was deputy editor in chief of pro reform newspaper Economics Weekly In the spring of 1989 when hundreds of thousands of students and workers took to the streets in Beijing and across China in one of the largest pro democracy movements in history Economics Weekly ran a series of articles urging the government to heed the protesters calls for reform The powers that be did not take kindly to such stories and swiftly shut the paper down Gao Yu was detained by police on 3 June 1989 Later that evening the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square Hundreds perhaps thousands of people were killed or injured as the army brutally quashed the pro democracy protests Today China s leaders persist with playing politics with the past attempting to whitewash the truth of the 4 June 1989 bloodshed The authorities still prevent the relatives of those killed during the Tiananmen crackdown from grieving publicly Parents calls for truth compensation and accountability fall on deaf ears Gao Yu spent 15 months in prison following the Tiananmen crackdown In the 1990s she spent a further six years in jail again after being convicted of disclosing state

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/tiananmen%E2%80%99s-legacy-26-years-on-turning-back-the-clock (2016-02-13)
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  • Colombia: Peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Colombia Peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to present her review of Colombia to the UN Human Rights Council LUIS ROBAYO AFP Getty News releases March 25 2014 Colombia s government is failing to address the country s critical human rights situation said Amnesty International today ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights annual review of the country Despite on going peace talks in Havana between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC the country s largest guerrilla group human rights violations and abuses continue unabated Tomorrow High Commissioner Navi Pillay will present her annual review of the situation in Colombia to the UN Human Rights Council The peace talks represent the best opportunity in over a decade to put an end to the 50 year old armed conflict However the warring parties continue to be responsible for appalling serious human rights violations and abuses These include forced displacement extrajudicial killings kidnappings abductions and enforced disappearances said Marcelo Pollack Amnesty International s researcher on Colombia The current situation is untenable As Navi Pillay delivers the findings of her review there must be a firm commitment from the government and the others involved in the conflict to end the pervading culture of violence and impunity The overall figures of human rights violations and abuses are terrible Some 70 human rights defenders were killed in 2013 including Indigenous and Afro descendant leaders as were at least 27 members of trade unions More than five million people have fled their homes during the course of the conflict Amnesty International is also calling on the government to uphold the role that the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has played in the country and extend its integral mandate for at least a further three years instead of for only one as they did last July As the human rights consequences of any peace deal clearly remain uncertain the continued monitoring role played by the office will be more critical than ever said Marcelo Pollack Amnesty International will deliver a statement to the Human Rights Council in the discussion of the High Commissioner s review The main areas of concern are Failing to disband paramilitary groups Most paramilitary groups have not been effectively disbanded despite their supposed demobilization in a government sponsored process that

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/colombia-peace-talks-fail-to-stop-human-rights-abuses-ahead-of-un-review (2016-02-13)
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  • Canada/Colombia Free Trade Deal: Meaningless Consultation Process Sells Human Rights Short | Amnesty International Canada
    Colombia c Amnesty International News releases March 24 2014 Human rights development and labour groups have serious misgivings about the Canadian government s commitment to carry out a meaningful assessment of the human rights impact of its controversial free trade agreement with Colombia as is legally stipulated by annual reporting requirements in the agreement Concerns were heightened when it came to light that government analysis for the 2014 report due on or before May 15 would be based in part on an online consultation that lasts just six working days A call for submissions by interested parties was quietly posted on a government webpage on March 19 2014 The deadline given for submissions is six working days later on March 26 2014 Canadian organizations with a long history of involvement with Colombia had been asking government officials for months to share information about the plans for consultation including timelines deadlines and how to participate These details were not provided until after the unreasonably short consultation period had actually been launched The consultation process is so deeply flawed that a wide range of organizations and activists have agreed that they are unable to meet the impossibly short deadline and will therefore not make submissions The government says it is seeking the input of interested parties yet our member organizations who work closely with sectors of the population in Colombia who are experiencing grave human rights abuses were not advised about this extremely time limited opportunity for input ahead of time states Rachel Warden Program coordinator of KAIROS and former Co chair of the Americas Policy Group APG Furthermore there was no public announcement that the brief consultation had been launched Organizations only found out after the fact and only thanks to repeatedly questioning government officials Under these conditions it is hard to see what meaningful input the government will receive In fact it raises serious questions about the intentions of the government says Alex Neve Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada It is of great concern that the government seems uninterested in hearing from people and organizations that have firsthand information about the scope of human rights violations on the ground absolutely essential in fact central input for any reliable human rights impact assessment Time and time again the Colombian and Canadian governments have assured us that the Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement CCFTA would help improve the human rights situation Yet in 2013 there were 26 assassinations of trade union activists and leaders 4 more than in 2012 states Robyn Benson National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada PSAC We ve also witnessed greater repression and violence perpetrated against those who are viewed as obstacles to the mega development of Colombian oil mining and agriculture resources sectors that have been opened up to foreign investments through the free trade agreement Members of the APG continue to call for a credible independent human rights impact assessment of the CCFTA to be carried out at regular intervals as a mechanism

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/canadacolombia-free-trade-deal-meaningless-consultation-process-sells-human (2016-02-13)
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  • Colombian delegation makes visible a hidden crisis for Indigenous peoples | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Colombian delegation makes visible a hidden crisis for Indigenous peoples News releases February 07 2014 This week two experts on the situation of Indigenous peoples in Colombia were invited to address the Canadian All Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity The presentation by a representative of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia and a Colombian Deputy Justice was part of an ongoing campaign to focus Canadian attention on a humanitarian crisis that Colombia s highest court has described as both grave and invisible According to the findings of the Colombian Constitutional Court more than one third of Indigenous nations in Colombia are facing an imminent threat of physical or cultural destruction Caught in the cross fire of an ongoing armed conflict over their lands and resources the Indigenous peoples of Colombia have been targets of assassinations massacres and widespread forced displacement In addition to meeting with General Romeo Dallaire and others members of the Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide the delegation has been meeting with MPs government officials and important human rights organizations in Canada as well as taking part in public events in Ottawa and Toronto Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A in chut Atleo said of

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/colombian-delegation-makes-visible-a-hidden-crisis-for-indigenous-peoples (2016-02-13)
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  • Colombia: 'Peace is still far away from here' | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Colombia Peace is still far away from here News updates December 27 2013 Peace is still far away from our community says Jesús Emilio Tuberquia with his calm deep peasant farmer s voice staring intensely as he speaks Jesús Emilio is one of the leaders of San José de Apartadó Peace Community in Apartadó municipality in the northern Colombian department of Antioquia A group of over 1 500 peasants came together 17 years ago to set up this community We told the paramilitaries the guerilla and the army We don t want to take part in this We don t want to get involved with any of you We don t want either to kill or to be killed Unfortunately their demands were not heard All the parties to the Colombian conflict have been deaf to the peace community s plea Since its foundation more than 200 of the community s members have been killed or forcibly disappeared These severe human rights violations have been committed mainly by paramilitaries often operating in collusion with the security forces The community has been also targeted by the guerrilla forces and the Colombia army It is an ongoing pattern Last November a group of the Community s representatives visited Amnesty International s headquarters in London They had just suffered the forced disappearance of one of their members While in the UK s capital they learned of the possible forced disappearance of another seven people living in the area of San Jose de Apartadó Thankfully they were released a week later One of the bloodiest attacks that San José de Apartad ó Peace Community has ever suffered took place in February 2005 Eight of its members including three children were killed by paramilitaries acting in complicity with members of the security forces Days after the massacre the then Colombian President Álvaro Uribe attempted to justify it saying that some of the peace community members had links with the guerillas Uribe s statement was a blatant attempt to blame and defame the civilian victims of the armed conflict says Marcelo Pollack Amnesty International s researcher on Colombia It took eight years and a Constitutional Court ruling before the current President Manuel Santos finally stated that Uribe s words were a mistake Nobody should stigmatize those who search for peace and reject violence said Santos for San José de Apartadó s forgiveness The Colombian President framed his words in the context of the current peace process Colombia is going through I ask forgiveness with the certainty that forgiveness is a precondition for peace The apology is not the main issue The Court

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-updates/colombia-peace-is-still-far-away-from-here (2016-02-13)
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  • "Making the invisible, visible." - Weaving Hope Colombian Event:Toronto | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Making the invisible visible Weaving Hope Colombian Event Toronto Wednesday February 12 2014 11 37 By Duncan Garrow Amnesty International Toronto AITO Board member member of AI Toronto Speakers Bureau member Church of the Redeemer Action Circle By any account the evening had already been a great success Upwards of 100 people braved the elements on a chilly Friday night to fill all of the available seats for Weaving Hope a night in support of Indigenous people in Colombia Many were attending their first Amnesty event and enthusiastically joined in the many creative actions Painted hand prints were made photos of solidarity were taken and petitions were signed The audience listened attentively to the poetry of Ojibway writer Art Solomon and shared in the smudging and blessing ceremony conducted by Clayton Shirt And they kept arriving in groups of two and three as Ruben Esguerra performed his unique brand of Latin American music mixed with a healthy dose of hip hop By the time Quique Escamilla performed his soulful set inspired by his home state of Chiapas Mexico extra chairs were needed to fill the nooks and crannies of the Steelworkers Union Hall Yes the music poetry and large crowd made it a thumbs up evening all around But the night wasn t over not by a long shot Maria Patricia Tobon Yagari an indigenous lawyer and Embera speaker from Colombia stood up to address the audience She spoke through an interpreter and was

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/making-the-invisible-visible-weaving-hope-colombian-eventtoronto (2016-02-13)
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  • In Colombia, two courageous defenders of women’s human rights urgently need your help | 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 In Colombia two courageous defenders of women s human rights urgently need your help Updates February 14 2013 Yolanda Becerra and Gloria Amparo Suárez are amazing women Amidst an ongoing vicious armed conflict in Colombia a dirty war that the rest of the world has largely chosen to downplay or ignore Yolanda and Gloria face fear on a daily basis yet steadfastly refuse to be paralysed by it Via an organization known as the OFP in English the Popular Women s Organization Yolanda and Gloria have provided a haven for women whose families have been devastated by attacks disappearances and killings many perpetrated by army backed paramilitaries On behalf of these women and knowing the danger of doing so Gloria and Yolanda have worked relentlessly for truth justice and reparations Gloria and Yolanda should be applauded for these efforts so urgently needed if women s human rights and the rule of law are to become more than a pipe dream in Colombia Instead they face persecution and a mother

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/updates/in-colombia-two-courageous-defenders-of-women%E2%80%99s-human-rights-urgently-need-your-help (2016-02-13)
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  • A message of thanks from Colombia | Amnesty International Canada
    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 A message of thanks from Colombia Tuesday September 29 2015 16 34 Photo Credit Flaminio Onogama with students during his 2010 visit to Canada K Price AI Canada By Kathy Price Colombia campaigner with Amnesty International Canada It was great news the kind of news that underscores how incredibly important our activism is I opened my computer to find an upbeat message from Colombian Indigenous leader Flaminio Onogama a human rights defender I had accompanied on a visit to Canada in 2010 He wrote to say hello and to share that he was back in public life continuing his work for the protection of Indigenous peoples and their human rights He also wrote to thank all the Amnesty supporters in Canada who had helped make this possible Last year Amnesty International issued an urgent action for Flaminio after he was forced to go into hiding Paramilitaries had threatened him with death They were no idle threats Two close relatives had been tortured and murdered after they warned Flaminio that gunmen were waiting for him Thousands of Amnesty supporters wrote messages of concern to the Colombian government Thousands more signed our petition to Canada s Foreign Minister asking for Canada to use its close relationship with Colombia to press for measures to

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/a-message-of-thanks-from-colombia (2016-02-13)
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