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June 30, 2015

Happy Canada Day! We mark today by celebrating amazing Canadians, from coast to coast, who are incredible human rights activists.

Canadians across Canada organize events from flash mobs to book clubs, educate their communities on human rights issues, send solidarity to victims of human rights violations, and tirelessly take action to protect human rights across the world! Thank you!
Posted in Canada
June 30, 2015
By Kathy Price, Mexico Campaigner with Amnesty International Canada
I’m betting that no one who met Garifuna defender and former prisoner of conscience Angel Amílcar Colón Quevedo during his recent visit to Canada will forget his incredible smile or his inspiring words. I certainly won’t!
June 26, 2015
By George Harvey, Amnesty International Canada, LGBTI Coordinator
A landmark ruling from the Supreme Court in the United States calling for marriage equality in all 50 states! A successful referendum on marriage equality in Ireland! Discriminatory laws challenged and repealed in a number of countries, and peaceful Pride marches in cities where they've been met with violence and counter marches in the past. We have much to celebrate during Pride this summer.
Posted in LGBTI Rights, Canada
June 24, 2015
By Netsanet Belay, Africa Director, Research and Advocacy at Amnesty International. Follow Netsanet on Twitter @NetsanetDBelay
As the International Criminal Court (ICC) opens its Assembly of States Parties – the periodic gathering of all the countries who have ratified the Court’s statute – in The Hague today, it does so with a bloody nose.
The Court was yet again met with contempt this month by South Africa’s failure to cooperate with its arrest warrants for one of its longest running fugitives, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.
June 23, 2015

One year ago, Amnesty International launched a global campaign to Stop Torture. And it’s working.
We have shone a light on torture taking place in Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Uzbekistan. In each of these countries we have campaigned alongside families of torture survivors and NGO partners, and we have seen results.
Posted in StopTorture, Torture
June 22, 2015
By Louisa Anderson and Justine Ijeomah
Posted in Torture, Nigeria
June 19, 2015
With the release of a new report today, the RCMP confirmed that it is no longer attempting to track murders of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women across all jurisdictions in Canada.
June 18, 2015
Kassidy Goyette, Tanis Moreland and Gail Klinck with Hilda Legideño Vargas
By Kassidy Goyette, a student at Massey Vanier High School in Cowansville, Quebec.
I would have never imagined that the petition created by our “small but mighty” Social Action Committee from Massey-Vanier High School would have such impact. It was amazing to have the opportunity to actually hand it over to Mexico’s Ambassador in Ottawa, see his reaction, and hear him say that he would ensure it reached the office of President Peña Nieto in Mexico.
June 17, 2015
We Have No Rights
For a good part of the past year I received almost weekly phone calls from Abdi.   He told me he was stateless and had spent most of his childhood in a refugee camp.  He and his family arrived in Canada with as Convention Refugees.  Twenty two years later he found himself in a maximum-security Provincial jail on an immigration hold, while the Canadian government tried to find a way to remove him to his country of birth. His birth however had never been registered, and his birth country did not recognize him as a citizen.
  
June 17, 2015

By Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, 17 June 2015
By now, millions of people around the world have come to know my husband Raif Badawi’s name. All of this attention is encouraging, but the reasons why have shocked me to my core.