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December 17, 2014
Standing together and speaking out for human rights

Don’t Let Down Your Guard:  Standing together and speaking out for human rights
- Year end message to Amnesty International supporters from Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
There were so many reminders during 2014 of how deeply important solidarity is in our human rights work.  The solidarity Amnesty offers is made possible only through your support.  That solidarity makes a tremendous difference in defending human rights, everywhere.  It bolsters, protects and inspires.  It is the very essence of universal human rights.

It is about standing alongside individuals and communities; and doing so over the long term.  It means bearing witness when the world looks away; and joining our voices to frontline demands for justice.  Supporting women, men and young people everywhere in the struggle for human rights is at the very heart of Amnesty International. 
Around the world and here in Canada, so many times this year I saw and heard just how valuable that is.
December 18, 2014
Is a migrant the same as an immigrant? Are migrants good or bad for the economy, and can you name some famous ones? Find out today, on International Migrants Day.
December 11, 2014
On the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture, the man in charge of pushing states to stamp out the despicable practice, a torture survivor himself, looks back at his harrowing experience and the challenges facing the global fight against torture.
Posted in StopTorture
December 9, 2014

Featured last year in Write for Rights, Jabeur describes how international attention made a difference
“I have two of them now!” Jabeur Mejri is smiling and pointing at a flick book containing hundreds of photos of support taken by Amnesty International members. They were passed to Jabeur and his family while he was in prison in Tunisia over the last two years.
Posted in Write for Rights
December 8, 2014

Supporters "Dance for Rights" to raise awareness for Amnesty's global letter-writing event Write for Rights
This past Saturday on December 6th, supporters of Amnesty International took to the streets in Montreal to be a part of the largest grassroots human rights campaign in the world, Write for Rights! The new flagship event, dubbed “Dance for Rights” brought community members out to dance in solidarity with people fighting injustices all over the world, and to promote and protect human rights. With our music devices in our pockets and headphones in our ears we became a SILENT DISCO, using a flash mob style of street activism to garner attention!
Posted in Write for Rights
December 8, 2014

Barrie turns out to mark International Human Rights Day during Write for Rights!
For the very first time, the Amnesty International Flag was raised at Barrie City Hall and will continue to wave to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10th. Mayor Jeff Lehman, students from Barrie Central, Maple Grove E.S., residents of Barrie and members of our local Barrie Amnesty International Action Circle were in attendance.
December 3, 2014
Magdy el-Baghdady, a 30-year-old man from London, had a grand plan.
In early 2011 he travelled to Sudan to open a small restaurant to help support his ailing father. He knew a few well-connected people in Khartoum with whom he had gone to school in north London. It all made sense at the time.
But then, it went horribly wrong.
Two weeks after his plane landed, he was languishing in a prison cell, bearing the marks and scars of torture.
Despite his ordeal Magdy is lucky. He is now safely back in the UK, fighting a legal battle against the Sudanese state.
Posted in StopTorture, Torture, Sudan
December 2, 2014
An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, 22-year-old Liao Minyue, tells their story.

Kind hearted
My mother, Liu Ping, was just an ordinary Chinese woman with a kind heart.
November 28, 2014
Lorelei Williams is the founder of Butterflies and Spirit, a group of Indigenous women who have used dance to raise awareness of missing and murdered Women.
We interviewed Lorelei as part of a series of conversations with Indigenous women activists marking the 10th anniversary of our 2004 Stolen Sisters report.
1.      What was the idea behind Butterflies in Spirit?
November 27, 2014
By Cindy Ko and Adotei Akwei from Amnesty International USA
It is time for the Obama administration to ensure implementation of standardized sexual assault policies aimed at helping ensure that Indigenous survivors of sexual violence  can access medical treatment and support services. Indigenous women face disproportionately high levels of rape and sexual violence.