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April 17, 2015
By Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
April 16, 2015
A letter from Samar Badawi to her imprisoned husband, the Saudi Arabian human rights lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair. Samar is also the sister of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi.
April 16, 2015
This weekend, Bahrain will host the Formula One Grand Prix. But behind the shiny fast cars and super-sized champagne bottles lies a government that is willing to stop at nothing to punish those who dare to speak out about the tragic human rights situation in the country.
Here are five facts you should know about the Gulf Kingdom ahead of one of the most glamourous events in the sporting calendar.
Posted in Bahrain
April 16, 2015
By Kristin Hulaas Sunde, London 2 April 2015

1. More than a million of us stood up to #FreeRaif
April 15, 2015
By Craig Benjamin and Jackie Hansen
Last month, federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt disclosed previously unreleased RCMP statistics about the numbers of murders committed by Indigenous men. The Minister appears to believe that these figures support the federal government’s current approach to the issue, including the ongoing refusal to hold a public inquiry or initiate a comprehensive, coordinated national action plan.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
April 14, 2015
By Ensaf Haidar, via The Washington Post
On June 17, 2012, my husband, Raif Badawi, the father of my three children and my best friend, was arrested in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. For nearly three years, as he has languished in prison, my family has been trapped in a nightmare.
April 13, 2015
It’s time to “draw a line under” the debate Edward Snowden sparked with his revelations about intrusive government mass surveillance and “move on”. So the UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told a meeting of national security and intelligence professionals last month.
He was wrong. In fact, the debate is only beginning.
April 10, 2015
Today will be a nerve-wracking day for Mohamed Soltan, a 27-year-old US-Egyptian activist who has been languishing in Cairo’s notorious Tora Prison, where he has been on hunger strike for more than 14 months.
The court sentenced his father, Salah Soltan, and 13 others to death on 16 March. Their sentences may be confirmed after consultation with the Grand Mufti.
April 10, 2015
By Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research, Amnesty International
The long-awaited fifth season of Game of Thrones begins on Sunday, April 12. Broadcast in 170 countries, the show shocks viewers and generates controversy with graphic violence, especially against women.
Yet many aspects of real life around the world today are WORSE than the mythical Game of Thrones world of Westeros.
[spoiler alert: reveals plot lines up to the end of season 2]
Posted in StopTorture
April 9, 2015
To mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster in Bhopal, India, members of the Business & Human Rights Team in Toronto organized multiple ways to remind the public of the tragedy: speaking to passersby outside City Hall, gathering signatures on a petition and a banner, and holding a vigil downtown.
Here’s a brief account of the day.