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    July 18, 2017

    Police have detained two leaders of Amnesty International within the space of a month. These arrests are just the latest in an escalating human rights crisis.Thousands, including political activists, lawyers, journalists and others critical of government policy in Turkey are facing criminal prosecutions on trumped up terrorism charges. Take action now! 

    February 22, 2017

    There are always countless opportunities to get involved with Amnesty International. The Seasonal Activism Guide is your resource for the latest campaigns and actions. 

    Learn about upcomng events and new actions you can take to get involved. 

    July 21, 2017

    On August 4th 2014, the tailings dam burst at Imperial Metals' Mount Polley Mine in central British Columbia, releasing a catastrophic 26 billion litres of mine waste into Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, and Quesnel Lake - headwaters and spawning grounds of the Fraser River watershed.

    As of July 1st 2017, no charges or fines have been issued, despite most of the waste still lying at the bottom of fish-bearing lakes. The Mount Polley Mine has returned to full-scale operations and is now permanently discharging more wastewater into Quesnel Lake, and relying on the lake to dilute the waste in order to meet BC water quality limits. 

    Mount Polley Mine pollution is a major concern for several reasons:

    May 09, 2017

    Human rights defenders are people who stand up for justice and equality in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. But they are under attack. 

    May 09, 2017

    Summers are for public engagement! Get our top tips for making your summer table a success. 

    May 09, 2017

    Four of the 35 children currently detained in the United States at the Berks County Residential Centre have been detained for over 500 days.  

    May 09, 2017

    The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted 10 years ago on September 13, 2007. 

    May 09, 2017

    Take part in Pride activities this summer to show your support for LGBTI rights in Canada and around the world. 

    April 13, 2017

    Government officials have told us that they plan to create an ombudsperson for the extractive sector - yet they have not announced it officially and it was not in the federal budget. We need to hold them to their word! Join Amnesty International and the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability for a Month of Action for Mining Justice in May - and get started today! Let's create a groundswell of support that decision-makers won't be able to ignore. 

    March 20, 2017

    On World Water Day, we launched a solidarity action for water defenders under dangerous attack in Central America. Take action to support them. 

    February 22, 2017

    Refugee rights are under attack around the world. While Canada is a leader in protecting the rights of refugees, we cannot take our support for refugees for granted. Racist, xenophobic, and Islamaphobic messages and actions surround us daily. A simple of gesture of support to make refugees know that they are welcome is vital in keeping Canada safe for refugees, now and in the future. 

    February 22, 2017

    Women who stand up and defend human rights are targeted by the authorities in some countries because their advocacy isn't considered acceptable behaviour for women. Some women human rights defenders are targeted because of their multiple and intersecting identities as women living in poverty, women of colour, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender women. 

    January 24, 2017

    Amnesty International is pressing the Canadian government to take decisive action on human rights at home and on the world stage during 2017. The call comes as we release our annual Human Rights Agenda for Canada, pressing the federal government to build on progress seen in 2016 while addressing ongoing serious human rights shortcomings.

    February 24, 2017

    In May 2016, Amnesty International was in the House of Commons when a government bill protecting the rights of transgender individuals in Canada was tabled in Parliament. The bill was broadly supported and quickly moved to the Senate. And there it has stayed. Some Senators oppose the protection of transgender people in Canadian human rights law and could stall the passage of Bill C-16 on gender identity and expression into law. Senators are being flooded with messaging opposing the protection of transgender people in Canadian human rights law.

    Your urgent action is needed to let Senators know that transgender rights are human rights, and that the health, safety, and wellebing of transgender individuals in Canada is linked to the passage of Bill C-16 on gender identity into law.

    February 24, 2017

    Popular companies such as Nestle, Colgate, and Kellog`s are selling food and cosmetics containing palm oil tainted by schocking human rights abuses. These companies reassure their consumers that their products use `sustainable palm oil`- but Amnesty`s research reveals that palm oil is anything but. There is nothing sustainable about palm oil that is produced using child labour and forced labour!