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    September 28, 2016

    In response to the news that the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who is critically ill, has been upheld on appeal, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, said:

    “This verdict is yet another cruel and devastating blow to human rights in Iran, which demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for justice. Narges Mohammadi is a prominent advocate of human rights and a prisoner of conscience. She should be lauded for her courage not locked in a prison cell for 16 years.

    “By insisting that this harsh and appalling sentence is imposed for her peaceful human rights work, the authorities have laid bare their intent to silence human rights defenders at all costs.

    September 13, 2016

    The abject failure of a United Nations summit to tackle the deepening global refugee crisis is a missed opportunity that will affect millions of the world’s most vulnerable people unless leaders find alternative solutions to help them reach safety, Amnesty International said ahead of two high-profile refugee summits next week.

    UN member states are set to adopt an ineffective refugee deal on 19 September. On 20 September, US President Barack Obama will appeal to leaders to make specific commitments that will help end the suffering of refugees across the world – a call that has so far been wilfully ignored.

    “Faced with the worst refugee crisis in 70 years, world leaders have shown a shocking disregard for the human rights of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict or persecution,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

    “We already know the UN summit is doomed to abject failure, while the Obama summit looks unlikely to pick up the pieces.”

    We share our world, and we share responsibility for making it the kind of place in which we want to live. This includes responsibility for protecting each other’s human rights and freedom.  

    Right now, record numbers of people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes. But instead of protecting refugees; out of fear and prejudice, many of the wealthiest nations are slamming their doors shut and leaving a handful of countries to cope alone. Effective protection for refugees requires international cooperation.

    Each country must take responsibility to uphold international obligations and provide asylum and protection to refugees. At an individual level the solution to the global refugee crisis starts with each and every one of us making one simple, personal commitment to help – simply by saying: “I welcome refugees”.

    Come by the Amnesty table and show your support!

     

     

    Canada has been viewed as a global leader with respect to refugee protection.  It has signed the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees other human rights instruments which protect refugees.  Canada was the first country to set out guidelines for considering the refugee claims of women, and has taken an active role globally in the resettlement of refugees through both government and private sponsorship programs.  In recent years however, Canada like many other countries, is creating more barriers for people seeking safety and security.

    Amnesty International is concerned that the debate around asylum seekers and refugees in Canada is being framed by myths and misconceptions. Government ministers frequently refer to asylum seekers and refugees as ‘bogus’ and attempt to shape public attitudes with language which suggests refugees are criminals or otherwise “breaking the rules.”

    US President Donald Trump has issued another Executive Order that still bans people from six Muslim majority countries from travelling to the US, and reinstates the suspension of the USA’s refugee resettlement program. This new Executive Order is the same hate and fear as his first executive order with new packaging. 

    Join us for a short solidarity action and photo on March 16th – the day the new order takes effect – to send the message that we won’t stand for these divisive and discriminatory actions by President Trump. 

    Meeting point: Stairs at York and Sussex. 

    Please email amorgan-welden@amnesty.ca with any questions or accessibility concerns. 

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