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  • UN investigation brings new hope for justice in Sri Lanka | Amnesty International Canada
    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 UN investigation brings new hope for justice in Sri Lanka News releases March 27 2014 The Sri Lankan government must end a nationwide crackdown on dissent and cooperate with UN investigators Amnesty International said today after the UN Human Rights Council established an inquiry into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country The UN inquiry brings new hope for the thousands of victims of abuses in Sri Lanka said David Griffiths Asia Pacific Deputy Director at Amnesty International The Sri Lankan government has twice ignored calls by the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations during the country s horrific civil conflict Now they have a fresh opportunity to restore some international credibility by cooperating with the investigation On Thursday morning the UN Human Rights Council voted to task the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR to investigate allegations of abuses and crimes committed by all sides of the brutal conflict that saw tens of thousands killed and wounded The resolution and the investigation are important steps towards breaking the cycle of impunity that fuels ongoing and serious human rights violations in Sri Lanka today It is important that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is provided with the necessary material and political support to make its investigation as robust and far reaching as possible with the aim of ensuring that the truth is finally established so that impunity is tackled said David Griffiths This is the third resolution by the UN Human Rights Council aimed at ensuring accountability for violations committed by both sides during Sri Lanka s conflict Despite two prior resolutions by the Council in 2012 and 2013 Sri Lanka has failed to take effective steps to deliver justice for the victims of its civil war which

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  • Another important victory for the people of Grassy Narrows | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Another important victory for the people of Grassy Narrows Monday April 7 2014 12 41 Ontario Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti has announced that for at least one year the province will not license new logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario The Minister s statement follows the latest announcement by a major company that it wants nothing to do with wood logged without the consent of the people of Grassy Narrows EACOM which owns sawmills throughout the region announced in March that it would not process wood from Grassy Narrows The people of Grassy Narrows have long called for a moratorium on industrial development on their territory to protect the land for traditional uses and to allow the community the opportunity to make its own decisions about how the land should be used There has been no clear cut logging at Grassy Narrows since 2008 as the result of previous decisions by major corporations not to log or handle wood from Grassy Narrows Facing a community led anti logging blockade and other public pressure the province entered into high level talks with the First Nation over the future of forest Despite this the province has

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  • Turkey: Closing border crossings with Syria will put lives in jeopardy | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Turkey Closing border crossings with Syria will put lives in jeopardy News updates September 22 2014 The Turkish authorities must ensure that the country s borders are kept open to those fleeing conflict and human rights abuses in Syria and Iraq said Amnesty International Turkey began to close some of its border crossings with Syria after 130 000 Kurdish refugees poured into the country in recent days fleeing the advance of the armed group that calls itself the Islamic State IS The latest influx of refugees has undoubtedly placed even further strain on Turkey s already stretched resources but this cannot be used as an excuse for denying safe sanctuary to anyone who is fleeing the horrors of war said Sherif Elsayed Ali Head of Refugee and Migrants Rights at Amnesty International With more and more desperate refugees arriving at the border in search of safety it is crucial that the international community acts now to strengthen its support to Turkey and other countries neighbouring Syria to avert further suffering Turkey which before this weekend was already hosting more than

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-updates/turkey-closing-border-crossings-with-syria-will-put-lives-in-jeopardy (2016-02-13)
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  • Syrian refugees in Lebanon desperate for health care amid international apathy | Amnesty International Canada
    Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Syrian refugees in Lebanon desperate for health care amid international apathy In some cases Syrian refugees in Lebanon have been turned away from hospitals Amnesty International News releases May 20 2014 Posted at 0001hrs BST 21 May 2014 A severe shortfall in international support has left many Syrian refugees in Lebanon unable to access crucial medical care according to a new report by Amnesty International The situation is so desperate that in some cases refugees have resorted to returning to Syria to receive the treatment they need The report Agonizing Choices Syrian refugees in need of health care in Lebanon identifies some serious gaps in the level of medical services available to refugees In some cases Syrian refugees including those requiring emergency treatment have been turned away from hospitals Hospital treatment and more specialized care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon is woefully insufficient with the situation exacerbated by a massive shortage of international funding Syrian refugees in Lebanon are suffering as a direct result of the international community s shameful failure to fully fund the UN relief programme in Lebanon said Audrey Gaughran Director of Global Thematic Issues at Amnesty International The UN has appealed for US 1 7 billion for Lebanon in 2014 as part of a US 4 2 billion UN appeal for Syrian refugees yet only a pitiful 17 per cent of the funds have so far been secured The health system in Lebanon is highly privatized and expensive leaving many refugees reliant on care subsidized by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR However due to a shortage of funds it has been forced to introduce a restrictive set of eligibility criteria for people in need of hospital treatment Even when refugees meet the tight criteria most must pay 25 per cent of the costs themselves Syrian refugees suffering from serious health conditions requiring hospital care or more complicated treatments often go untreated Arif a 12 year old boy who had suffered severe burns on his legs is among those who were denied hospital treatment causing his condition to deteriorate His burns turned septic and his legs swelled and became infected Under UNHCR s current guidelines he does not qualify for subsidized care so the agency was only able to cover the cost of his treatment for five days Arif s story is a heart breaking example of the impact that restrictions on provision of medical care can have on the lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon said Audrey Gaughran Eventually a local charitable network found a volunteer doctor to operate on Arif but he still reportedly requires 13 more operations which cannot be carried out in Lebanon due to the lack of more specialized equipment Both the UN and refugees are facing agonizing choices said Audrey Gaughran UNHCR and its partners are prioritizing primary health care and treatment for life threatening emergencies Such prioritization is vital but humanitarian health professionals on the ground speaking to Amnesty International were clear that the

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/syrian-refugees-in-lebanon-desperate-for-health-care-amid-international-apathy (2016-02-13)
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  • China’s booming torture trade revealed | Amnesty International Canada
    electric shock stun batons metal spiked batons and weighted leg cuffs are intrinsically cruel and inhumane and therefore should immediately be banned Other equipment that can have legitimate use in policing such as tear gas and plastic projectiles or riot control vehicles is being exported from China even when there is a substantial risk of serious human rights violations by the receiving law enforcement agencies Increasing numbers of Chinese companies are profiting from the trade in tools of torture and repression fuelling human rights abuses across the world said Patrick Wilcken security trade and human rights researcher at Amnesty International This trade which causes immense suffering is flourishing because the Chinese authorities have done nothing to stop companies supplying these sickening devices for export or to prevent policing equipment falling into the hands of known human rights abusers Chinese companies most of which are state owned have an increasingly strong presence in the global market for law enforcement equipment China is the only country known to manufacture spiked batons which have metal spikes along the entire length of the baton or are plastic batons with a spiked metal head These are specifically designed as implements of torture and can cause significant pain and suffering Seven Chinese companies openly advertise these inhumane sticks for export Chinese manufactured spiked batons have reportedly been used by police in Cambodia and exported to security forces in Nepal and Thailand The research found 29 Chinese companies involved in the export trade were advertising inherently cruel electric stun batons These devices make it easy for security officials to apply extremely painful multiple shocks by hand to sensitive areas of the body including the genitals throat groin or ears without long lasting physical traces Scores of Chinese companies manufacture and trade abusive restraint devices including heavy weighted leg cuffs and rigid restraint chairs one company manufactures neck combination cuffs These neck devices can endanger an individual s life by restricting breathing blood circulation and nerve communication between the body and the brain A review of several of the companies marketing materials reveals this equipment is being sold to various law enforcement agencies across the world including agencies that persistently abuse human rights There is no excuse whatsoever for allowing the manufacture and trade in equipment for which the primary purpose is to torture or inflict cruel inhuman or degrading treatment on people These heinous acts are totally banned under international law and Chinese authorities should immediately place a ban on the production and trade in such cruel and inhumane devices said Patrick Wilcken One company China Xinxing Import Export Corporation which has advertised equipment including thumb cuffs restraint chairs electric shock stun guns and batons stated in 2012 that it has links with more than 40 African countries and its trade with Africa was worth more than US 100 million Amnesty International and Omega found evidence of what appear to be Chinese manufactured electric shock batons being carried by police in Ghana Senegal Egypt and Madagascar Chinese

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/china%E2%80%99s-booming-torture-trade-revealed (2016-02-13)
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  • Arms Trade Treaty marks historic breakthrough for human rights after two-decade campaign | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Arms Trade Treaty marks historic breakthrough for human rights after two decade campaign The global Arms Trade Treaty enters into force this week marking a breakthrough for human rights TBWA Paris News releases December 21 2014 Posted at 0001hrs GMT 22 December 2014 The global Arms Trade Treaty ATT enters into force on 24 December marking a breakthrough for human rights after more than two decades of campaigning by Amnesty International and its NGO partners around the world At a glance The ATT opened for signature and ratification on 3 June 2013 130 states have signed and 60 of those have ratified Of the top 10 arms exporters five have ratified while two more have signed North Korea Iran and Syria were the only three states to vote against the treaty This achievement is a truly historic breakthrough It shows what is possible when human rights campaigners dig in for the long haul and work relentlessly to turn a good idea into a lifesaving reality around the world Salil Shetty Amnesty International s Secretary General Mon 22 12 2014 Q As about the historic Arms Trade Treaty For the first time there is a treaty that explicitly embeds the human rights implications of each arms sale into every transaction Amnesty International and its supporters have lobbied and campaigned relentlessly for an ATT since the mid 1990s As the first ever legally binding treaty of its kind it will block the flow of arms to governments that would use them to commit atrocities This achievement is a truly historic breakthrough It shows what is possible when human rights campaigners dig in for the long haul and work relentlessly to turn a good idea into a lifesaving reality around the world said Salil Shetty Amnesty International s Secretary General When Amnesty International activists were among a small group of people who first proposed regulating the irresponsible international arms trade in the early 1990s some even mocked the idea Two decades on the treaty now becomes a legally binding reality a testament to their hard work creativity and sheer determination At least half a million people die every year on average and millions more are injured raped and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the poorly regulated global trade in weapons and munitions The arms trade is shrouded in secrecy but the recorded value of international transfers is approaching USD 100 billion annually The ATT includes a number of robust rules to stop the flow of arms to countries when it is known they would be used for genocide crimes against humanity war crimes or serious violations of human rights law Governments that are part of the ATT will now have to carry out objective assessments to avoid

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  • UN: South Sudan arms embargo crucial after massive Chinese weapons transfer | Amnesty International Canada
    2014 The United Nations Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan Amnesty International urged after receiving reports of Chinese small arms and ammunition proliferation amongst both sides in the conflict The organization also has confirmed that China supplied a further 1 000 tons of small arms and light weapons worth US 38 million to the country just over two weeks ago China is playing a dangerous diplomatic game with the lives of millions of people in South Sudan It has pledged to provide peacekeeping troops to protect civilians and at the same time has sent over 1 000 ton of arms said Elizabeth Ashamu Deng South Sudan Researcher at Amnesty International Such arms are likely to fall into the hands of both parties to the conflict and be used to fuel the atrocities threatening civilian lives The Security Council of which China is a permanent member has already condemned violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan including extrajudicial executions and ethnically targeted violence In May the Security Council amended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan UNMISS to focus on protection of civilians supporting the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement investigating human rights abuses and violations and creating conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance China has pledged a full battalion of some 850 troops to join this peacekeeping operation A UN arms embargo designed to help stop gross violations of human rights and war crimes would require every state to take all necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply sale or transfer of arms to South Sudan Pending such an embargo states should immediately suspend international arms transfers to South Sudan The Chinese shipment Chinese state owned defence manufacturer NORINCO sent more than 1 000 tons of weapons and munitions worth millions of dollars to the South Sudanese government armed forces in a shipment that arrived last month It included rocket systems thousands of automatic rifles and grenade launchers 20 000 grenades hundreds of pistols and machine guns and several million rounds of ammunition According to the shipping documents and related information the massive arms shipment was loaded onto the Hong Kong based vessel Feng Huang Song in two batches before leaving the Chinese ports of Dalian on 8 May and Zhanjiang on 15 May 2014 It reached Mombasa Kenya on 7 June and the cargo was unloaded three days later destined for the South Sudanese government in Juba in fulfilment of a contract signed on 3 April 2013 Amnesty International is aware of reliable reports that Chinese ammunition manufactured in 2013 for Chinese made CQ assault rifles has recently been used by armed opposition fighters as well as government aligned armed groups CQ 5 56x45 assault rifles were first observed in South Sudan in 2013 with South Sudanese rebel groups some of whom stated they had been armed by Sudan In addition Chinese heavy machine gun ammunition manufactured in 2013 has been found in the hands of

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/un-south-sudan-arms-embargo-crucial-after-massive-chinese-weapons-transfer (2016-02-13)
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  • UN: Landmark Arms Trade Treaty to become reality with 50th ratification | Amnesty International Canada
    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 UN Landmark Arms Trade Treaty to become reality with 50th ratification News releases September 24 2014 Posted at 0001 GMT 25 September 2014 Protection for the millions of people whose lives are devastated by the poorly regulated global arms trade is set to take a giant leap forward on Thursday Amnesty International said with the historic Arms Trade Treaty expected to surpass the 50 ratifications needed to trigger a 90 day countdown to entry into force Argentina the Bahamas Czech Republic Portugal Saint Lucia Senegal and Uruguay are expected to be the latest states to confirm ratification of the treaty at a ceremony at the UN in New York The ATT now looks set to become international law on 25 December 2014 binding all the countries that have ratified it by then This is a milestone in the fight to end the human suffering caused by the irresponsible flow of arms By the end of this year there will be robust global rules to stop arms going to human rights abusers said Salil Shetty Secretary General of Amnesty International This remarkable progress would not have been possible without the support of more than a million people who helped keep up the pressure on governments and said enough is enough the supply of arms for atrocities and abuses must stop But the campaign does not stop here all states need to urgently bite the bullet and commit to the Arms Trade Treaty Amnesty International has lobbied and campaigned relentlessly since the mid 1990s for an Arms Trade Treaty At least half a million people die every year on average and millions more are injured raped and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the poorly regulated global trade in weapons The ATT includes a number of rules to stop the flow of weapons to countries when it is known they would be

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