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Canada must put increased pressure on Syria on human rights

    May 20, 2011

    Action must be taken by Canada to pressure Syria to respect human rights. Amnesty International Canada and Canadian citizens who have been victims of human rights violations in Syria will outline a series of proposals for  the Canadian government at a press conference.

     Amnesty International has repeatedly urged the Syrian government to rein in its security forces, cease unlawful killings and other excessive force, and for independent investigations and accountability - with those responsible for human rights violations being brought to justice. The Syrian authorities have failed to take these steps. Canada must join the international community in adopting  measures to increase pressure on the Syrian government to do so. Petitions calling for an end for killings, respect for the right of peaceful protest, and to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be presented to Syrian officials around the world, including to the Syrian Embassy in Ottawa following the press conference. 
     
    Speakers will highlight actions that should be taken by the Canadian government to put further pressure on Syria to ensure the protection of human rights.

    Speakers:     Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada (English branch)
                            Maher Arar, Imprisoned in Syria 2002-2003
                            Abdullah Almalki, Imprisoned in Syria 2002-2004 
      
    Time:            11:00 a.m.  Wednesday 25 May

    Location:     The Charles Lynch Theatre
                        130 S Centre Block, House of Commons
                        Ottawa

    John Tackaberry,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    613-744-7667, ext 236

    Beth Berton-Hunter,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    416-363-9933, ext. 332