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November 20, 2014
“Forced Confessions” Teaches About the Intangibility of the Soul
Screening at AI Toronto Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival, Sunday November 23rd, 3:30pm @Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto
article by Adriana Dragomir, Media Intern – AI Toronto Film Team
Posted in Canada
November 20, 2014
“No Burqas Behind Bars” –screening at AI Toronto Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival, Saturday Nov 22nd, 6pm @Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto
by Adriana Dragomir, Media Intern – AI Toronto Film Team
Extraordinary stories of courage and resilience interweave to make Nima Sarvestani’s feature-length documentary “No Burqas Behind Bars” a compelling picture of the paradoxes of control and freedom in present-day Afghanistan.
November 20, 2014
“No Burqas Behind Bars” –screening at AI Toronto Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival, Saturday Nov 22nd, 6pm @Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto
by Adriana Dragomir, Media Intern – AI Toronto Film Team
Extraordinary stories of courage and resilience interweave to make Nima Sarvestani’s feature-length documentary “No Burqas Behind Bars” a compelling picture of the paradoxes of control and freedom in present-day Afghanistan.
November 19, 2014
The event was a legal milestone that sent a chilling message to human rights violators the world over.
Eight years after being ousted from power, in October 1998, Augusto Pinochet, the ailing Chilean former leader and one of the world’s most notorious dictators, decided to travel to Europe to receive medical treatment.
Posted in StopTorture, Torture, Chile
November 19, 2014
By Kathy Price, Mexico campaigner
You may have noticed an Amnesty International campaign "Think Winter is Torture,Think Mexico" that reaches out to potential Canadian travellers to Mexico.

There's a compelling reason why Amnesty is reaching out this way and it starts with an alarming human rights situation in Mexico. What has been revealed in the last couple of months in Mexico is a horror story that is simply unacceptable. Yet it's one that has largely escaped attention in Canada and the condemnation that could help make it stop.
November 10, 2014
By Dr. Shobana Ananth, Health Network Coordinator and Jacqueline Hansen, Major Campaigns and Women’s Rights Campaigner
The Ebola epidemic is spreading rapidly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and threatens to spread further. Over 13,000 cases have been reported in eight countries this year, and almost 5,000 people have died. Current projections suggest there could be 10,000 cases—and 5,000 deaths—per week by December.
Health systems in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were already weak from years of armed conflict. They suffer from shortages in funding, staff, a lack of health care workers, and poor infrastructure. And now they are collapsing under the strain of responding to the Ebola virus. Without financial support and increased humanitarian and medical staff, the epidemic will continue to expand and many more lives will be lost.
November 10, 2014
Human rights workshops like this on hold because of Ebola crisis.
By Solomon Sogbandi, Director of Amnesty International Sierra Leone.
Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in March, life in Sierra Leone has changed beyond recognition.
So far, the World Health Organization has confirmed more than 5,200 Ebola cases in Sierra Leone alone and more than 13,700 across the world. More than 4,500 people have died of the disease – 1,500 in my home country.
Friends abroad often ask me what life is like here at the moment.
I can only describe it as horrifying.
Every morning, I wake up in my house in Freetown with the sound of the terrifying pictures and stories coming out of the TV and the radio. People are desperately trying, and in many cases failing, to get medical help that would make the difference between life and death. Doctors and nurses are at breaking point. Entire communities are quarantined, lacking access to sufficient food and water.
Posted in Sierra Leone
November 9, 2014
By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General
Nearly three months have passed since the latest conflict came to an end, but the piles of rubble and empty shells of family homes in Gaza serve as painful reminders of the death and destruction that resulted from Israel’s latest military operation there in July and August this year.
November 9, 2014
By Tanya Mazur, Director of Amnesty International Ukraine.
The fall of the Berlin Wall signalled the start of seismic changes that continue to shake Ukraine. Two years later, the Soviet Union, of which Ukraine was a part, collapsed. At the time I was 10 years old and my growing up coincided with my country’s steps towards independence and the rule of law.
Posted in Ukraine
November 9, 2014
By Noor Al-Bazzaz of Amnesty International’s Syria team
Five months to the day after being abducted and held hostage by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), a group of 25 students from Kobani were unexpectedly set free on 29 October.
Posted in StopTorture, Torture, Syria