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November 26, 2014
When we meet Shahzadi Bi in September, she is busy chaining herself to a fence. It’s not just any fence, but the one that surrounds the Chief Minister’s residence in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, where Bhopal is the capital. She is among a group of protesters demanding that the minister keep his promise of providing each survivor of the 1984 gas leak – the more than 570,000 who were exposed – 500,000 Indian rupees (US$8,170) as compensation.
November 26, 2014

Rampyari Bai is one of Bhopal’s most persistent survivors.
Now aged 90, she began her struggle in the wake of the disaster. In 1984 she was living with her son and his wife in a shanty near the factory. Her daughter-in-law died during the gas leak.
November 26, 2014
By Atila Roque, Executive Director of Amnesty International Brazil
Posted in Brazil
November 26, 2014
“I’ve been working for the drug cartels and helped place a car bomb that killed two police officers,” said Rogelio Amaya, looking straight at the camera lens. He appeared shaken, his body bruised.
Within hours, a version of the video featuring Rogelio and four of his friends confessing to the crime plastered the TV screens of Ciudad Juárez, in northern Mexico along the border with the USA.
The town is one of the most violent in the country, infamous for brutal clashes among competing drug cartels and law-enforcement officers.
November 25, 2014
Widespread student protests against the repressive practices of the current government have rocked Egypt since the academic year began on October 11th. The subsequent crackdown by the authorites has been marked by arbitrary and excessive use of force resulting in hundreds of arrests and injuries.
Amnesty International Canada and the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy have co-authored the following statement of solidarity:
Posted in Egypt, Egypt
November 22, 2014
By Craig Benjamin, Campaigner for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
I'm honoured to have contributed a chapter to a new book examining crucial issues for the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights is edited by Joyce Green and published by Fernwood Books.
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 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.