Amnesty International

Amnesty Criticizes Harper For Picking Resources Over Human Rights

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Amnesty International's Canada branch has issued a wide-ranging attack on the Harper government for making economic development a higher prio...

Canada Must Do More To Help Syrians Abroad

Dana Wagner | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Despite government statements that Canada has done "more than any of our allies," our allies have introduced smart humanitarian policies that have moved far more Syrians abroad than anything Ottawa has yet introduced. Canada can look to them - Germany, Sweden, Norway, Brazil and more - for inspiration.

My Husband Has Been Illegally Detained in an Egyptian Prison For Over 500 Days

Sarah Attia | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Sarah Attia

Despite the support of many human rights organizations, Khaled's inhumane conditions remain the same. He has now suffered more than 500 days without charge or any semblance of evidence in a two by two meter, insect-infested cell. He has spent 23 hours of most of those days in solitary confinement, having no access to even the most basic of possessions.

The Dirty Secret of International Forces in Afghanistan

Corey Levine | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

While troop-contributing countries have been fed a steady diet of the excesses committed by the Taliban, many thousands of Afghan civilians have had to endure untold suffering through error, ignorance, negligence and over-reach of the international military forces sent in to create security and stability in the country.

His Holiness?!

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada Music

This could be Amnesty International's greatest hit. Or a serious miss in the organization's campaign against torture. But whether you appreciate...

Why Blasphemy Laws Are Actually Anti-Islamic

Faisal Kutty | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada
Faisal Kutty

Classical Islamic law interpretations stipulated death as a punishment when apostasy was combined with treason and rebellion against the state, not for blasphemy. This later position is more in line with the Quranic message of tolerance. The Quran further states that had God willed it He could have created all of humanity with the same beliefs.

Why We Should Judge a Country On its Attitude Towards Homosexuals

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

Are you aware that it's illegal to be homosexual in 78 countries? Israel is one of the most progressive states regarding the rights of gays and lesbians in the West. It is the only country in the area -- the Middle East and North Africa -- that treats the gay community with respect and dignity. But that's not good enough for some gay-rights activists.

Dear Amnesty International, Legal Prostitution Harms Women

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

I am writing to urge Amnesty International to reconsider its policy position, leaked to the public, which promotes the legalization of prostitution and the rights of pimps over the rights of victims of sexual exploitation. AI has built its reputation on advocating for victims around the world. Why is AI abandoning victims now? We need to recognize prostitution for what it is. It is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated. Legalization is the wrong approach.

Sarah Beamish On Why She Fights For Human Rights at Home and Abroad

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Sarah Beamish is the newest member of Amnesty International's International Board. She is the second Canadian in Amnesty's 52-year history to be on th...

Amnesty International Slams Charter

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Amnesty International is wading into the debate over Quebec's controversial charter of values, arguing that the plan would limit "fundament...

Disguised in the Name of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In the last few months the world has witnessed, once again, atrocities planned and in two cases, carried out, disguised in the name of Islam. The debate among Muslims in the West is filled with tension. And as Muslims what more must we do to stop the chaos, in addition to demanding changes in our Western countries' foreign policies?

Father Shoots Daughter Dead In Front Of Mob

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada

An Afghan woman has been shot dead by her father in front of a mob of hundreds, Amnesty International is reporting. Her crime? Dishonouring her ...

Amnesty International: Turning Our Attention Closer To Home

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

n Canada and abroad - Amnesty International has been an eloquent and powerful voice when it comes to human rights. The Secretary General of the Canadian branch of AI since 2000 -- and a recent Queens Diamond Jubilee medal recipient -- Alex Neve has been a powerful advocate for human rights for decades.

ChangeMaker: The Difference a Letter Can Make

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Don't underestimate the power of a letter, especially the power of many pens. Sandi Rae, a teacher at Mt. Slesse Middle School in Chilliwack, B.C. recently wrote an email -- that counts as a letter, right? -- telling us about her Grade 9 Leadership class and their letter-writing campaign to protest funding cuts for the Rainier Hotel in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Canada Must Respect the Right to Food

Megan Yarema | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Megan Yarema

From personal attacks to commendable recommendations -- this is the legacy of a UN final report on the right to food in Canada. Prepared Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, following his mission to Canada last May, the report illustrates that current programs and policies are not enough to fend-off food insecurity felt by millions and calls for greater federal action.

Why We Can No Longer Call Canada an Advocate for Human Rights

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

With little fanfare, Canada was scolded last month by both the United Nations and Amnesty International over its human rights record. Yes you read this correctly -- Canada. The two areas that attracted the most attention by the UN/ Amnesty International human rights experts were Canada's record when it came to refugees and internally the manner in which we continue to discriminate against our First Nations people. As Canadians we consider ourselves to be open, honest -- a welcoming society. Yet for those from afar struggling to build a new life and for our First Nations right here struggling to change their lives for the better, that openness rings very hollow.

Speak Up Canada, Or The Terrorists Win The Weapons

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Non-governmental groups keeping an eye on the global arms trade say Canada needs to speak out more forcefully to prevent weapons from ending ...

Help Free a Canadian Prisoner under Torture in Iran

Farah Mawani | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Farah Mawani

Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death on October 2010 on false confessions he gave two years ago when subjected to physical and psychological torture. The release of Sarah, Shane, and Josh from Evin prison shows that we, as a community, can put a stop to yet another indictment on human rights.

Ukraine's Braided Heroine is Being Beaten, Where's Canadian Outrage?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Today, Canadian Ukrainians should be thinking about the leader of the Orange Revolution, Yulia Tymoshenko, the braided once-prime minister of the Ukraine, who is currently on a hunger strike, and being beaten in her prison cell.

The West Must Bear Witness to Iran's Prisoners

Linda Frum | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
Linda Frum

One of the most touching pieces of testimony at the UN Watch conference was a letter smuggled out of Iran's notorious Evin Prison. I have put this letter into the record of the Senate as a show of solidarity with the author, a brave ayatollah whose only crime was to advocate for the separation of religion and government.

Inquiry Into Gaddafi's Death a Waste of Time

Paul Mott | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada
Paul Mott

For the man devoid of an ounce of compassion, an ounce of lead was a fitting end. Moammar Gaddafi, 'The Desert Lion,' is gone, dispatched by a bullet...

Call For Canada To Act After UN Paints Grim Picture Of Afghan Torture

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Amnesty International is demanding that Canada check on the welfare of the prisoners it handed over to Afghan authorities, even though the Ca...

Jason Kenney vs. Amnesty International: When the Critics Hit Home

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 10.16.2011 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Suggesting that the existence of worse offenders precludes a rights organization from questioning the actions of Canadian officials, or other 'lesser offending nations,' is tacit acknowledgement of belief that there should be a double standard in international human rights.

Amnesty Marks 50 Years of Advancing Freedom

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As near as 15 years ago, says Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, it would have been "a pie in the sky dream" for Moammar Gadhafi to be indicted by a united front of governments. It's a stark reminder for Canada to "stand on guard" and oppose crimes against humanity.