Our work in Canada would not be possible without work undertaken at the international level. Amnesty Canada supports many international projects in addition to the work undertaken in Canada. Below you will find descriptions of the projects being funded in whole, or in part, by donations made to Amnesty Canada in 2016.
Burundi is currently facing its most serious crisis since the end of the civil war in 2005. The ability of civil society to monitor, document and report on serious human rights violations inside the country has been decimated with many journalists in exile or in hiding.
The project aims to secure emblematic investigations and/or prosecutions of multinational companies for corporate crimes, and to increase the willingness of investigators and prosecutors to pursue corporate crimes by companies operating in multiple jurisdictions.
We will work to build a strong solidarity movement and action network across the content to hold governments in the region to account. Amnesty will be able to reinforce the work of national human rights organizations, since we are less vulnerable to threats and de-legitimization by government.
We are currently in the midst of an unprecedented refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) crisis. The number of people forced to flee their homes across the world has reached nearly 60 million for the first time since the Second World War with 4.8 million refugees just from the Syrian conflict alone.
Given that Amnesty International has carried out extensive research and campaigning on the issue of statelessness in the Dominican Republic, this project aims at complementing that work with information on expulsions of Dominicans of Haitian descent.
The focus of this project will be on resettlement and humanitarian aid to refugees, including a focus on particularly vulnerable groups which include: children, those with serious health problems and Palestinian refugees from Syria. This project will also take into consideration the complex refugee situation in MENA.
Disappearances and torture are generalized in Mexico, yet there is no clear consistent data on the scale of the problem. The Mexican government acknowledges more than 27,000 missing people, without specifying potential cases of enforced disappearances.
A lack of accountability for past human rights abuses have fuelled the conflict in South Sudan, compounded by issues such as the proliferation of arms in the country, negative ethnicity and marginalization.