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July 17, 2014
Adam Jurgens grew up in a home where a passion for human rights thrived. His mother had supported Amnesty International ever since he could remember, and he soon adopted the same passion. So when they both embarked on an adventure to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in June, he took on the challenge of raising money for a cause they both cherished.
July 14, 2014

By Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
So many moments stay with me. During the course of this recent mission in South Sudan people recounted unimaginable suffering and acute fear; they showed tremendous strength and unflagging resilience; and they shared both deep despair and determined hope.
Many of the moments were unexpected.
Posted in Sudan
July 11, 2014

By Milena Buyum, Amnesty’s Turkey Campaigner
On 2 June last year, Özge Ünlütezcan, a 24-year-old drama student, grabbed her phone to send out a series of tweets. Shortly after, she was stunned to be called into a police station where she was questioned and detained for 18 hours. She says when I call her that she was simply using her right to pass on information about the protests that had begun in Gezi Park some days earlier, and which were rapidly sweeping the country.
July 11, 2014
Today’s Supreme Court ruling on logging at Grassy Narrows reaffirms important limitations on the power of governments in Canada to make decisions that could undermine the ability of Indigenous peoples to live off the land.
The court case was initiated by Grassy Narrows trappers whose traplines were threatened by clearcut logging licensed by the Ontario government.
July 10, 2014
The skin across Sasha’s forehead and around his eyes is slightly yellow and there is a recent scab on his temple. He is healing well.
Ten days before our meeting, the 19-year-old was barely recognizable: the skin on his face stretched tight, swollen and bruised. Abducted and tortured, Sasha believes he is lucky to be alive.
July 10, 2014
On the morning of 27 May, Hanna, was sitting in her flat in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, when there was a knock on the door. As her boyfriend Feodor lifted the latch, seven armed men wearing balaclavas and camouflaged fatigues barged through. They said they were from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), the pro-Russian separatist group which had recently seized power in the city.
July 10, 2014

By Craig Benjamin, Campaigner for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
This week, I had the honour of spending a deeply moving, and incredibly inspiring day with people of the Shoal Lake #40 First Nation on the Manitoba - Ontario border.
July 9, 2014

On the third anniversary of South Sudanese independence, the country is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. Will Canada step up and help?

By Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. Originally published in the Toronto Star.
Posted in Sudan
July 8, 2014
There are currently more than a million internally displaced people in S Sudan

Questions & Answers on the Conflict in South Sudan, 3 years after its independence
-by Elizabeth Ashamu Deng, Amnesty International

On 9 July, South Sudan will mark three years as an independent state. But the growing pains of the world’s newest country are evident as millions are trapped in a vicious cycle of violence. Amnesty International’s Elizabeth Ashamu Deng looks at some of the problems facing South Sudan today.
Posted in South Sudan
July 7, 2014
Protest against 'honor' killings in Lahore.
By Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International’s Pakistan Researcher
For anyone following the news from Pakistan, the past few weeks have made for grim reading when it comes to violence against women.
Recently, a 21-year old woman in Punjab was found raped and strangled to death by the man she had trusted to save her from an “honor” killing by her family.