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  • #StopTorture in Mexico: Charges against police officers are one more step towards justice | Amnesty International Canada
    With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home StopTorture in Mexico Charges against police officers are one more step towards justice Friday April 17 2015 14 32 By Alex Neve Secretary General Amnesty International Canada The tremendous news that three Mexican police officers have been criminally charged with torturing Adrián Vázquez in Tijuana in 2012 is a historic breakthrough and a great day for justice It is obviously very welcome news for Adrián himself and it can and must spur greater efforts across Mexico to ensure that those who have been responsible for the staggering crisis of torture the country has faced over the past decade are held accountable The charges are truly groundbreaking the first Amnesty International is aware of in the state of Baja California where torture is widespread and longstanding They follow 2 ½ years of concerted advocacy by his courageous and outspoken wife Judith Luna and his unrelenting and tenacious lawyer Sandra Esquer supported by Amnesty International Upon hearing the news Sandra expressed just how crucial Amnesty s campaigning has been Along with Judith Sandra and other Amnesty colleagues from our Mexican section and our international office I spent time visiting with Adrián Vázquez in El Hongo Prison outside Tecate very close to Mexico s border with the United States in September 2014 By then Adrián had been in custody for nearly two years He had been through brutal torture that had very nearly killed him We did not know what to expect as we waited for Adrián to be brought in to our meeting room a broken man a determined man an angry man a sullen man a man in pain We saw a man who was First and foremost very much in love and whose face lit up when he saw that Judith was visiting Quietly awestruck that a group of people from several different countries had shown up to see him behind bars Still quick to laugh joining in various jokes and light hearted comments Bolstered to hear that his case featured prominently in Amnesty International s new report on torture in Mexico Out of Control and quick to flip to the pages of the report with his photo and case details Further uplifted to hear that Judith would be joining us for a press conference in Tijuana the following morning for the report s local launch an opportunity to highlight his case Yearning for justice and freedom holding on to hope that his torturers would face consequences and that he would be released Adrián had been accused of possessing illegal firearms and drug trafficking when he was arrested on September 26 2012 He was threatened badly beaten and nearly asphyxiated during twelve hours of torture at the hands of local state police Neighbours saw him being beaten while police took him back to his house to carry out a search The police then presented him to the media with drugs and weapons When they later turned him over to prosecutors the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/stoptorture-in-mexico-charges-against-police-officers-are-one-more-step-towards-justice (2016-02-13)
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  • Whistleblower Chelsea Manning thanks Amnesty activists for their support | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Whistleblower Chelsea Manning thanks Amnesty activists for their support Wednesday April 8 2015 11 45 Photo Credit Amnesty USA Write for Rights event 1 December 2014 William Butkus by Kristin Hulaas Sunde editor of Wire magazine for AmnestyOnline Amnesty activists took action for Chelsea Manning an incredible 241 289 times including by sending her over 17 000 letters and cards during our global Write for Rights campaign last December In return the former army intelligence analyst sent us this message of thanks from her prison cell in Kansas USA where she is serving a 35 year sentence for leaking classified US government documents to the website WikiLeaks Chelsea s letter to Amnesty s activists worldwide I wanted to thank all of you so very much for your actions of support and solidarity I understand that over 200 000 actions were taken that s absolutely incredible I am also so grateful for all the heartfelt support from the tens of thousands of people out there who took the time to write to me and the President Barack Obama asking him to pardon and release her These cards and letters literally flooded the mail room and my cell during my birthday the holidays and Amnesty s Write for Rights campaign in December I read each one And I greatly appreciated all of your strong words of support and your warm words of comfort I wish I had the time and ability to thank each one of you for giving me a little bit of joy with each letter and card

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/whistleblower-chelsea-manning-thanks-amnesty-activists-for-their-support (2016-02-13)
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  • Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are true inspirations for standing up for children's rights | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are true inspirations for standing up for children s rights Malala received an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience award in 2013 and met U2 Amnesty International News releases October 10 2014 Following the announcement that Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Indian children s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Salil Shetty Secretary General of Amnesty International said The work of Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai represents the struggle of millions of children around the world This is an award for human rights defenders who are willing to dedicate themselves entirely to promoting education and the rights of the world s most vulnerable children The Nobel Prize Committee has recognized the fundamental importance of child rights for the future of our world The choice of winners shows that this is an issue that matters to us all no matter what our age gender country or religion Malala sets a powerful example that has inspired people all over the world and which

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/malala-yousafzai-and-kailash-satyarthi-are-true-inspirations-for-standing-up-for- (2016-02-13)
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  • Pakistan: Malala arrests must lead to better protection for human rights defenders | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Pakistan Malala arrests must lead to better protection for human rights defenders Malala Yousafzai opens the new Library of Birmingham at Centenary Square on September 3 2013 in Birmingham England Christoph News updates September 12 2014 Today s arrest of the suspects in the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai offers an important opportunity for the authorities to address their poor record in protecting human rights defenders in Pakistan Amnesty International said By her words and deeds the brave education rights activist Malala Yousafzai proved that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword said Mustafa Qadri Amnesty International s Pakistan Researcher But human rights defenders promoting the rights of women and girls in her native Swat and across Pakistan remain especially at risk

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-updates/pakistan-malala-arrests-must-lead-to-better-protection-for-human-rights-defenders (2016-02-13)
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  • Philippines: Arrest of General must break down wall of impunity for torture | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Philippines Arrest of General must break down wall of impunity for torture Fugitive Filipino military general Jovito Palparan C is escorted following his arrest in Manila Philippines 12 August 2014 News releases August 12 2014 This morning s arrest of a General accused of abductions and torture in the Philippines is an encouraging sign that the authorities are finally tackling a culture of impunity for serious human rights violations by the security forces Amnesty International said Retired Major General Jovito Palparan 63 was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation and members of the armed forces at around 3am in the Santa Mesa area of the Philippines capital Manila Often referred to as Berdugo the executioner or the butcher by human rights activists he faces charges of kidnapping and illegal detention of university students in 2006 Today s arrest of one of the Philippines most wanted alleged human rights violators must embolden the authorities to step up their efforts to bring to justice military and law enforcement officials who have reportedly abused their power through involvement in torture enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions said Rupert Abbott Deputy Asia Pacific Director at Amnesty International It is appalling that so many officials allegedly involved in human rights violations remain at large General Palparan s arrest brings hope that this is changing He and others who are suspected of having committed human rights violations must be brought to justice in fair trials the time has come to break down the wall of impunity brick by brick During his military career General Palparan led a unit in the Central Luzon region which was notorious for alleged human rights violations Under his command many activists and suspected supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/philippines-arrest-of-general-must-break-down-wall-of-impunity-for-torture (2016-02-13)
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  • Sudan: Woman condemned to death released after international pressure | 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 Media Awards Multimedia Sudan Woman condemned to death released after international pressure News releases June 23 2014 Meriam Ibrahim was released from Omdurman Woman s Prison today after an appeal court found her not guilty of the charges of apostasy and adultery AFP Getty Images Today s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy and to flogging for adultery is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her said Amnesty International today UPDATE June 28 Meriam was re detained with a new charge See action for latest updates Meriam was released from Omdurman Woman s Prison today after an appeal court found her not guilty of both charges She is now with her husband and her two children Today s ruling is a small step to redressing the injustice done to Meriam

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/sudan-woman-condemned-to-death-released-after-international-pressure (2016-02-13)
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  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Viet Nam Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week Private News releases April 14 2014 The early release in Viet Nam of several prisoners of conscience is welcome but serves to highlight the situation of at least 70 others who remain jailed for peacefully expressing their opinions Amnesty International said today Nguyen Tien Trung Vi Duc Hoi and Cu Huy Ha Vu have all been released over the past week We are delighted that these men are out of prison but they should never have been locked up in the first place said Rupert Abbott Amnesty International s Deputy Asia Pacific Director The releases are a step in the right direction for freedom of expression and we hope that they reflect a shift in Viet Nam s commitment to respecting human rights Amnesty International has documented the cases of 75 individuals who have been imprisoned after being tried and convicted for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and raised some of these cases in a recent visit to Viet Nam The cases including the three men released were included in the report Silenced Voices Prisoners of Conscience in Viet Nam The document charts the harsh conditions faced by prisoners of conscience many of whom suffer unfair trials degrading treatment and ill treatment in detention Nguyen Tien Trung The most recent release came over the weekend when Nguyen Tien Trung aged 30 was freed after more than four years in prison The IT engineer blogger and pro democracy activist had been found guilty in 2010 of attempting to overthrow the people s administration The charges were brought after Nguyen Tien Trung and some friends set up an activist group while studying abroad in France The group called The Assembly of Vietnamese Youth for Democracy was founded to encourage young Vietnamese people in the country and abroad to call for

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/viet-nam-prisoners-of-conscience-released-but-dozens-remain-jailed (2016-02-13)
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  • North Korea: UN vote a positive step to end crimes against humanity | Amnesty International Canada
    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 North Korea UN vote a positive step to end crimes against humanity News releases March 28 2014 A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice said Amnesty International The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution on Friday condemning North Korea for systemic widespread and gross human rights violations including crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in the country This is a strong resolution and the message sent to the North Korean authorities could not be clearer Crimes against humanity will not be tolerated and those responsible must face justice said Roseann Rife East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International The international community must build on this momentum and increase pressure on North Korea to end its incomprehensible crimes Human rights must take centre stage at the UN Security Council when it considers peace and security in the Korean Peninsula The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority China and five other countries voted against it and there were 11 abstentions Sadly some states still appear willing to turn a

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/north-korea-un-vote-a-positive-step-to-end-crimes-against-humanity (2016-02-13)
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