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Violence Against Indigenous Women & Girls in Canada in Amnesty International Report 2014/15

    February 25, 2015

    Today, Amnesty International has published its global level Annual Report, providing an overview of the state of human rights in the world.  As has been the case for the past ten years, the report includes an entry highlighting a range of human rights concerns in Canada which draws attention to the alarmingly high levels of violence and discrimination against Indigenous women and girls in the country, and the failure of the federal government to launch comprehensive and effective action to address this crisis.  A copy of the entry on Canada is attached.

    This year’s report notes that:

    In May, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported that at least 1,017 Indigenous women and girls were murdered between 1980 and 2012, four and a half times the homicide rate for all other women. Despite mounting demands, including by provincial and territorial governments, the federal government refused to initiate a national action plan or public inquiry.

    Ten years ago Amnesty International’s Annual Report noted the following:

    Indigenous women and girls, who have long been socially and economically marginalized in Canada, continued to suffer a disproportionately high incidence of violence.  The authorities failed to reduce the marginalization of these women and ensure that police understand and are accountable to Indigenous peoples.  AI urged the authorities to institute comprehensive plans of action to ensure that Indigenous women and girls receive the protection needed.

    In advance of the National Roundtable on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls to be held on February 27, 2015, Amnesty International is pressing again for a public inquiry and comprehensive national action play to address the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

    “Today the global Amnesty International movement has again drawn attention to the shocking levels of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and the urgent need for a public inquiry and national action plan to address the crisis,” said Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. “Our worldwide Annual Report has raised this concern for ten years.  We hope that Canadians will use the occasion of this week's National Roundtable on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls to demand urgent and meaningful action from all politicians and all levels of government."

     

    For further information, please contact Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Relations 416-363-9933 ext 332 bberton-hunter@amnesty.ca

     

    Amnesty International 2015 Annual Report Canada Entry