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    May 16, 2019

    Aasia Bibi, who experienced discrimination in Pakistan, has relocated to Canada. Merzoug Touati from Algeria is free! Members of the Urgent Action Network in Toronto participated in an action for World Press Freedom Day, and more...

    May 08, 2019

    “I want to thank everyone who helped us in prison, and everyone around the world who called for our release. I can’t wait to get back to the news room now.”

    Those are the words of Wa Lone as he left prison on May 7, 2019. He and his colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, both Reuters journalists, received a presidential pardon after serving over 500 days of a seven-year prison term.

    March 08, 2019

    The final numbers are in...

    If you participated in Write for Rights 2018 in December, your messages are among 54,928 from Canada that fed into an international total of 5,796,150.

    February 05, 2019

    In the space of two hours last November, Amnesty acquired the passionate support of eight youths. It was through their Human Rights class at Centennial College in Scarborough last November that the students participated in Write for Rights 2018. “They ignored my suggestion of writing just three sentences to describe who they are, what their concern is, and what action they request,” noted Marilyn McKim. “They wrote long, engaged and personal letters to the authorities.” Read about their experience as described by student Loni Welch.

    January 15, 2019

    Philosophy student, chess player and Mexican human rights defender Enrique Guerrero spent the last five years in jail, without trial, facing the possibility of 45 more years behind bars. Today, he is FREE! You can read the chilling account of the nightmare he lived through knowing that he is starting the new year in the arms of his family.

    January 15, 2019

    On December 17, 121 of the United Nations’ 193 member states supported a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. Amnesty International’s lead expert, Chiara Sangiorgio, said “A death penalty-free world is closer than ever. This vote sends yet another important signal that more and more countries are willing to take steps to end this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment once and for all.”

    January 15, 2019

    Canadian Huseyin Celil is about to turn 50 in a Chinese prison. His “crime” was being a human rights activist, peacefully supporting the religious and political rights of the Uighur people who are a minority group. 

    Amnesty supporters in Belleville, Yellowknife, Toronto, Burlington, Hamilton, Vancouver, Oakville and Niagara-on-the-Lake are sending cards to greet him on March 1. Huseyin is far from his family in Burlington and has many more years to serve, so the birthday is not likely to be joyous and the challenge is how to avoid using “Happy Birthday!”

    “We do hope that the cards will help to brighten Huseyin's day a little,” said Marianne Chapelle, a member of the Belleville/Quinte group. The groups also hope that the extra attention on his special day will move the authorities to finally release Huseyin so he can return to his wife and four sons. For more on Huseyin, visit


    January 14, 2019

    A Vietnamese blogger was going to be featured in our Write for Rights cases in 2018. Instead, she was released in October and is now living safely in the USA. Authorities arrested Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh (also known by her blogging pseudonym, Mẹ Nấm, which translates as Mother Mushroom) on October 10, 2016 for speaking her mind online.

    She was cut off from the outside world until June 20, 2017. Nine days later, she was handed a 10-year prison sentence, having been convicted of “conducting propaganda against the state” under Article 88 of the Penal Code. Mother Mushroom co-founded the independent Vietnamese Bloggers Network in December 2013. She advocated for human rights and justice for more than 10 years before her arrest, enduring harassment and interrogation for her peaceful activities.

    We wish her well as she establishes a new life in exile but one in which she is free to speak her mind.

    August 20, 2018

    Responding to the news that human rights defender Tep Vanny has been released from prison following a royal pardon after more than 700 days in detention, Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations, said:

    “After more than two years of being unjustly detained for her peaceful activism, the news that Tep Vanny is once again reunited with her family is a cause for great celebration.

    “However, her release is long overdue. Tep Vanny has endured a catalogue of injustice - from baseless, politically-motivated charges to unfair trials – and should never have been imprisoned in the first place.

    “As well as allowing Tep Vanny to resume her activism without fear of further reprisals, Cambodia’s authorities must quash all convictions against her and halt any investigations into any other pending charges. Additionally, the many other human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience still languishing behind bars in the country must also be immediately and unconditionally released.”


    August 15, 2018

    We are thrilled to announce that our colleague, Taner Kılıç, Honorary Chair of Amnesty Turkey, has been released from jail today after over 432 days in prison.

    “We are overjoyed at this news. It has taken us more than a year of campaigning and struggle to get here, but it appears that Taner will finally be freed." Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s new Secretary General.

    Millions of people worldwide have taken action on this case, which has no doubt pressured the authorities, helping to secure Taner’s release.

    Thank you to all of those who sent messages of solidarity for Taner as part of Write for Rights 2017!

    In Canada and thanks to the support of people like you, we have spoken up for Taner:

    February 2018. Solidarity action after Taner’s release and re-arrest.

    August 01, 2018

    We are thrilled to share this good news with all our supporters! The Malaysian authorities have acquitted and dropped all sedition charges against political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar "Zunar" Ulhaque and others. Zunar was facing prosecution for his peaceful political activities.

    Zunar was charged with nine sedition charges on 3 April 2015 for allegedly insulting the judiciary in tweets relating to then opposition leader and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, Anwar Ibrahim, after he was jailed on sodomy charges

    Thank you to all of those who sent messages of solidarity for Zunar as part of Write for Rights 2015.

    May 28, 2018

    On May 26, 2018, the people of Ireland sent a powerful message to women and girls that their human rights and reproductive health matter in a historic referendum, with 66.4%  votoing YES to ending the almost total constitutional ban on abortion.

    Amnesty International advocated for a human rights compliant abortion law in Ireland since 2014 as part of the My Body, My Rights global campaign. The campaign was directed at ending the control and criminalization of sexuality and reproduction around the world.

    May 16, 2018

    The release of long-time Malaysian opposition leader and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Anwar Ibrahim is a landmark moment for human rights in the country, the organization said today. 

    Anwar, who has twice been imprisoned on politically motivated “sodomy” and corruption charges, received a royal pardon following last week’s election win for the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad. Amnesty International has campaigned on Anwar’s case for 20 years. 

    “Anwar should never have been jailed in the first place, and his long overdue release is an important step towards the restoration of justice and human rights in Malaysia after so many years of political persecution by previous governments,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. 

    May 16, 2018

    Finally! After 20 years of imprisonment Amnesty International’s prisoner of conscience and Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been released. Anwar received a royal pardon following last week’s election win for the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad.

    Anwar’s freedom marks a victory for humanity in Malaysia. “This day should go down as a landmark moment for human rights in the country, but the new government must not stop here. Rather, this should be the first of many more positive changes,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

    May 02, 2018

    Arrested. Beaten. Tortured. Moved from prison to prison. Separated from his wife and seven children. All for criticizing his government on the Internet.

    Tadjadine Mahamat Babouri - known as Mahadine - is a human rights defender who bravely revealed government corruption. He has paid a steep price. But now he is finally free!

    After more than a year and a half behind bars, a court in N’Djamena, Chad ordered Mahadine’s release. He has finally been reunited with his family.

    Mahadine’s sudden release shows how the passion and persistence of Amnesty International supporters can help in the struggle for human rights in Chad.

    He was wrongly imprisoned in September 2016, facing a life sentence after simply having posted videos on Facebook criticizing the government’s management of public funds.


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