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  • USA: Stop arms transfers to Israel amid growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza | Amnesty International Canada
    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 USA Stop arms transfers to Israel amid growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza News releases July 31 2014 The US government must immediately end its ongoing deliveries of large quantities of arms to Israel which are providing the tools to commit further serious violations of international law in Gaza said Amnesty International as it called for a total arms embargo on all parties to the conflict The call comes amid reports that the Pentagon has approved the immediate transfer of grenades and mortar rounds to the Israeli armed forces from a US arms stockpile pre positioned in Israel and follows a shipment of 4 3 tons of US manufactured rocket motors which arrived in the Israeli port of Haifa on 15 July These deliveries add to more than US 62 million worth of munitions including guided missile parts and rocket launchers artillery parts and small arms already exported from the USA to Israel between January and May this year The US government is adding fuel to the fire by continuing its supply of the type of arms being used by Israel s armed forces to violate human rights The US government must accept that by repeatedly shipping and paying for such arms on this scale they are exacerbating and further enabling grave abuses to be committed against civilians during the conflict in Gaza said Brian Wood Head of Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International Palestinian armed groups have continued to fire rockets indiscriminately into Israel endangering civilians in flagrant violation of international law Amnesty International has repeatedly called for an immediate end to such attacks which amount to war crimes Last week the speaker of the Iranian parliament said Iran had provided arms manufacturing know how to Hamas in Gaza In November 2012 he said Iran had given both financial and military support to Hamas and the Commander of Iran s Revolutionary Guards said missile technology has been supplied Hamas fighters have admitted to firing Iranian type Fajr 5 missiles towards Tel Aviv but mostly fire shorter range M25 or Qassam rockets and GRAD rockets The USA is by far the largest exporter of military equipment to Israel

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/usa-stop-arms-transfers-to-israel-amid-growing-evidence-of-war-crimes-in-gaza (2016-02-13)
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  • Stop US shipment of fuel to Israel's armed forces as evidence of Gaza war crimes mounts | Amnesty International Canada
    comprehensive arms embargo on all parties to the conflict amidst mounting evidence that war crimes are being committed by both sides in the past four weeks in Gaza The US government has continued to supply hundreds of thousands of tons of fuel including fuel for fighter jets and military vehicles to Israel s armed forces despite a soaring civilian death toll from aerial and other military attacks The last US jet fuel delivery arrived in Israel on 14 July a week after the conflict began Nine previous shipments were made from the US to Israel during 2013 and 2014 A fuel tanker with the latest US fuel shipment is now sailing past the Azores and is due to arrive in Israel on 12 August By continuing to supply fuel for military vehicles and fighter jets being used in attacks resulting in mounting civilian deaths and horrific injuries the US government will have more blood on its hands said Brian Wood Head of Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International Instead of continuing to send shipments of fuel and arms to the Israeli military the USA must immediately suspend all such transfers and back an international investigation into the atrocities being carried out by both sides According to documents provided to Amnesty International by TransArms in Chicago and the International Peace Information Service in Antwerp on 23 July 2014 the US flagged oil tanker the Overseas Mykonos left the port of Corpus Christi Texas after departing from Houston for its declared destination of Ashkelon where there is a major oil terminal just north of the Gaza Strip The Israel Defence Forces relentless air and land assault has caused overwhelming destruction since the offensive began on 8 July Thousands of homes have been destroyed and civilian buildings have been damaged including medical facilities and vital infrastructure So far more than 1 800 Palestinians have died the vast majority of them civilians including more than 440 children At least 64 Israeli soldiers two Israeli civilians and one Thai national have also been killed as Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups continue to fire indiscriminate rockets into Israel With no permanent end to the hostilities in sight Amnesty International is calling on all other states to immediately impose a comprehensive arms embargo on all the parties to the conflict in Gaza The USA and Iran are both guilty of enabling violations of international law by providing military support to the conflicting parties Without the supply of military technologies neither side in the Gaza conflict could have repeatedly violated international law with impunity on such a scale Until violators on both sides are held accountable no shipments of military supplies that can be used for serious violations should be permitted said Brian Wood Amnesty International is calling for the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to be referred to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court US fuel shipments to Israel Transport documents provided to Amnesty International show that the Overseas Santorini

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/stop-us-shipment-of-fuel-to-israels-armed-forces-as-evidence-of-gaza-war-crimes (2016-02-13)
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  • USA must not ‘open the floodgates’ of weapons to Iraq and Syria | Amnesty International Canada
    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 USA must not open the floodgates of weapons to Iraq and Syria Iraqi forces Kurdish fighters and others are fighting to regain ground from the ISIS AZHAR SHALLAL AFP Getty Images News releases December 08 2014 The US Congress risks supplying fresh weapons to forces and armed groups with terrible human rights records in Iraq and Syria if it approves Obama administration proposals to waive human rights screening requirements on military aid Amnesty International said ahead of a Senate vote on key military legislation on Tuesday In its rush to degrade and destroy the Islamic State armed group the Obama administration must not trample its international human rights obligations said Sunjeev Bery Advocacy Director Middle East North Africa at Amnesty International USA If approved these new legislative proposals could simply open the floodgates putting more weapons into the hands of armed groups alleged to have committed serious human rights abuses in both Iraq and Syria The National Defense Authorization Act NDAA legislation currently before the US Congress would give the administration the ability to waive important human rights screening requirements for recipients of US arms and military training in Iraq and Syria This includes Iraqi military and security forces Kurdish and tribal security forces and other local security forces Already passed by the House of Representatives on 4 December the bill now faces a looming vote in the Senate Amnesty International is urging Congress to reject such legislative language and closely monitor other legislation proposed by the White House in the months ahead The Leahy Law prohibits the supply of most types of US military aid and training to foreign security military and police units credibly alleged to have committed gross human rights violations The Arms Trade Treaty which the USA has signed but not yet ratified obliges all governments to assess the risk of transferring arms ammunition or components to another country and to prohibit the transfer where there is an overriding risk that they could be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law Members of Congress should vote against such proposals in the NDAA and other legislation In whatever form such legislation passes Congress must closely monitor how the administration provides military aid Congress must

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/usa-must-not-%E2%80%98open-the-floodgates%E2%80%99-of-weapons-to-iraq-and-syria (2016-02-13)
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  • UN: ‘Virtual stampede’ of states rush to join Arms Trade Treaty | Amnesty International Canada
    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 UN Virtual stampede of states rush to join Arms Trade Treaty News updates December 19 2014 A flurry of activity by UN member states to sign and ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty ATT before it enters into force next week is another clear sign of the overwhelming support for this historic move to rein in the irresponsible international arms trade Amnesty International said Yesterday alone Andorra Israel and Zimbabwe signed the ATT while Lithuania and the Netherlands ratified These five states join several others which signed and ratified the treaty earlier this month bringing the total number of signatures to 128 of which 60 have ratified South Africa is also expected to ratify the treaty at the UN imminently States that have ratified will now become states parties to the treaty World leaders are sending an unequivocal message This virtual stampede of new states rushing to join the Arms Trade Treaty is another clear vote of confidence for this ground breaking measure that will protect human rights and save countless lives said Marek Marczynski Head of Military Security and Police at Amnesty International That the likes of Israel a major arms exporter and importer and South Africa the African continent s largest arms trader are

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-updates/un-%E2%80%98virtual-stampede%E2%80%99-of-states-rush-to-join-arms-trade-treaty (2016-02-13)
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  • UAE: Canadian Salim Alaradi faces unfair trial | Amnesty International Canada
    Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us UAE Canadian Salim Alaradi faces unfair trial Sunday February 7 2016 13 02 After over a year of detention without charge Canadian Libyan Salim Alaradi and three other men face an unfair trial on terrorism related charges There are serious concerns they were tortured Salim Alaradi and his brother Mohamed Alaradi were among a group of 10 men all with either Libyan or dual nationality arrested in the United Arab Emirates UAE between August and September 2014 No explanation was given for the arrests Mohamed Alaradi and three others were released on December 27 2014 and deported to Turkey All four reported torture and other ill treatment while in secret detention On January 18 2016 Salim Alaradi Issa al Manna US Libyan Kamal Eldarat and his son Mohammed Eldarat were brought before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court for the start of their trial They were finally told they had been charged under the UAE s 2014 Anti Terrorism law with providing financial and material support to two armed groups in Libya All four deny the charges The Canadian ambassador to the UAE and two US diplomats attended the trial session but Salim al Aradi s nephew and a Canadian lawyer retained by his family were not allowed in court The trial was set to resume in February Salim Alaradi was born in Libya in 1968 and later immigrated to Canada to pursue university studies in business administration and raise his family Eventually his expanding businesses took him back to the region where he set up operations in the UAE Some 40 000 Canadians currently live and work in the UAE TAKE ACTION

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/uae-canadian-salim-alaradi-faces-unfair-trial (2016-02-13)
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  • Lifesaver for ages 9 and up -- DRC: Free two youth activists | Amnesty International Canada
    on Asia Pacific Human Rights Defenders in the Americas North Korea Prison Camps Pakistan Attacks on Journalists Use of Blasphemy Laws Training and Capacity Building Get Involved Take Action Now Online Actions Petition Library Urgent Action Network Latest Urgent Actions Donate Come and join us Sign Up Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us Lifesaver for ages 9 and up DRC Free two youth activists Thursday February 4 2016 18 24 Fred bottom photo and Yves pronounced eev want some changes in their government Because of their criticism the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC for short is holding them in jail Here is one issue that Fred and Yves think is a problem the president has governed for 14 years They want to make sure there is a different president governing the DRC after this year s elections Fred is 26 He is a good organizer so he got other youth involved in discussions about what change they could make in a peaceful way They called their group Filimbi That means whistle in Swahili Yves is 32 He is a graphic designer so he created Filimbi s website On March 15 last year Fred and Yves were meeting with other youth and journalists from their own country the DRC and from two other African countries Burkina Faso and Senegal In the middle of the meeting government agents stormed into the room They arrested 30 people including Fred and Yves The government released everyone except these two young men Amnesty International has investigated the activities of Fred and Yves that led to their arrests and has decided that there is no good reason for keeping them in prison Their lawyers agree saying that the two have committed no crime Fred and Yves are prisoners of conscience They are

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/lifesaver-ages-9-and-drc-free-two-youth-activists (2016-02-13)
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  • Saudi Arabia: Poet's death sentence replaced by 8 years and 800 lashes | Amnesty International Canada
    to publicly announce his repentance in official Saudi Arabian media The same court initially sentenced him to four years in prison and 800 lashes on the same charges before sentencing him to death upon the recommendation of an appeal court His lawyer has stated that he will appeal the latest sentence The 35 year old Palestinian poet and artist born and residing in Saudi Arabia was first arrested on 6 August 2013 following a complaint by a Saudi Arabian citizen alleging that the poet was promoting atheism and spreading blasphemous ideas among young people He was released the next day but rearrested on 1 January 2014 and charged with apostasy due to his supposed questioning of religion and spreading atheist thought via his poetry He was also charged with violating Article 6 of the country s Anti Cyber Crime Law by taking and storing photos of women on his phone Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced by the General Court in Abha on 30 April 2014 to four years in prison and 800 lashes for the charges relating to images of women on his phone The General Court found the poet s repentance in relation to the charge of apostasy to be satisfactory The Court of Appeal however recommended that he should nevertheless be sentenced for apostasy and sent the case back to the General Court which in turn sentenced him to death for apostasy on 17 November 2015 Ashraf Fayadh was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and first instance trial in clear violation of both international and national law Please send a fax tweet or letter to the king Start with Your Majesty and a sentence about yourself such as from where you are writing to make your message unique Ask him to release Ashraf Fayadh immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience held solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression Ashraf Fayadh s conviction and sentence must be quashed Send your message to His Majesty Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques Office of His Majesty the King Royal Court Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Postage 2 50 Fax 011 966 11 403 3125 This is via Ministry of the Interior and is hard to reach Twitter KingSalman You could also contact the Minister of Justice to make the same requests Your appeal should begin with Your Excellency His Excellency Dr Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al Samaani Ministry of Justice University Street PO Box 7775 Riyadh 11137 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Postage 2 50 Fax 011 966 11 401 1741 or 011 966 11 402 031 Please send a copy to His Excellency Naif Bandir A Alsudairy Ambassador for Saudi Arabia 201 Sussex Drive Ottawa Ontario K1N 1K6 Postage 85 Fax 613 237 0567 Email caemb mofa gov sa Via website http embassies mofa gov sa sites canada EN Ambassador Pages Contact aspx Additional information Since 2012 the Saudi Arabian authorities have been persecuting

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/saudi-arabia-poets-death-sentence-replaced-8-years-and-800-lashes (2016-02-13)
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  • Edward Snowden: a high price for whistleblowing | Amnesty International Canada
    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 Our Work Get Involved Donate About Us Edward Snowden a high price for whistleblowing Tuesday February 2 2016 15 42 Edward Snowden faces up to 30 years in prison Instead of investigating the abuses he brought to light the US government is intent on making sure the next whistleblower remains silent In June 2013 National Security Agency NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden exposed unlawful and wide sweeping surveillance programs run by the NSA and the secret Five Eyes alliance of the US UK Australia Canada and New Zealand These governments are intercepting storing and analyzing the private information of people around world on a massive scale The revelations also confirmed that human rights organizations including Amnesty International have been under surveillance placing our research and partnerships at risk My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them Edward Snowden has paid a high price for exposing these abuses He was forced to seek asylum in Russia where he has temporary residency until 2017 He remains unable to travel to countries including Venezuela Bolivia and Nicaragua which have offered him permanent asylum The US wants to extradite Edward Snowden and

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/edward-snowden-high-price-whistleblowing (2016-02-13)
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