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    October 28, 2016

    This September, Apple launched its latest gadget, the iPhone 7. Thousands of people scrambled to buy it as soon as it was released. Others will wait until the winter holiday shopping season to purchase it for loved ones. But beyond its new features, how many consumers think about the working conditions of those who mined the minerals that go into their new phones, along with our tablets and laptops?

    Child miners work long hours in hazardous conditions in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The cobalt is used to make batteries for electronics devices.

    Amnesty International is urging Apple to investigate its supply chain to ensure that it does not use child labour.  

    WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

    GATHER SIGNATURES on our petition to Apple. 

    GATHER SIGNATURES on our petition to Samsung. 

    ON SOCIAL MEDIA use the hashtag #notinmyphone and tweet @Apple. 

    October 28, 2016

    We share our world, and we share responsibility for making it the kind of place we want to live in. 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, many countries are slamming their doors shut. 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”.

    This September Amnesty launched “I Welcome”, a two year refugee campaign which demands that States strengthen their commitment to protect refugees. This includes that countries cooperate with one another and commit to resettle more refugees; asylum systems be strengthened in key countries; refugees and migrants are protected as they move between countries; and that we always communicate that refugees are welcome.

    October 28, 2016

    Everyday across the globe, men, women and youth speak out in defence of the land and environment. They defend our planet and thanks to their work, we have clean air to breathe and water to drink.
    But in countries such as Guatemala and Honduras, territory, land and environmental rights defenders (TLERDs) are killed and imprisoned because their activism challenges the politicians and companies that want to control the use of their lands and resources.

    This September, Amnesty launched “We defend the land with our blood; Territory, Land and Environmental Rights Defenders Under Attack in Honduras and Guatemala”. This report is in advance of a new global campaign on Human Rights Defenders launching in March 2017. The report calls on the governments of Guatemala and Honduras to provide protection for defenders so they can carry out their important work, investigate crimes against them and prosecute those responsible, and publicly state their support for the work of TLERDs.

    November 12, 2015

    By Catherine Brunelle, Write for Rights Support Team

    Have you ever wanted to make a difference, but then felt totally overwhelmed by that massive idea? We all have the potential to impact our world for good, often by simply supporting a cause already in motion. 

    Amnesty International is inviting you to help change lives on December 10, International Human Rights Day, with the world's biggest grassroots event for human rights: Write for Rights! Last year we sent 3.2 million letters and messages for human rights from 143 countries. Here's a list of 10 ways you can get involved:

     

    1. Start with the simple stuff

    October 29, 2015

    Combine a 3° temperature, a dose of sun, a course at Lake Ontario’s shoreline and 26,000 runners. There you have it: the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Scattered among them on October 18 were 12 individuals running for rights. Together, we had contacted many friends and relatives to sponsor our efforts. They contributed close to $7,000 for Amnesty’s work!


     

     

     

    “I had never run more than 10 km, but I decided to tackle the marathon as a personal goal,” said Johann Cooper. “Before I knew it, I was on the Amnesty team, wearing I'm running to support Amnesty International on my back.”

     

     

     

    October 06, 2015

    By HyunGu Kang, Amnesty International Canada Youth Leader

    On a sunny Sunday in late September, Amnesty Toronto’s Youth Leadership Council hosted our first public event in Toronto’s popular Kensington Market.

    On the one hand, we were terrified. This was the first time we’d be representing Amnesty to non-members, and we were eager to do a good job. On the other, we were resolved.

    It was one year since 43 students “disappeared” after being taken away by police in Mexico – one year in which authorities did far too little to find the missing students and seemed intent, instead, on a shameful cover-up. We knew this was unacceptable, and we wanted the public to know it, too.

    This fall, Amnesty International is holding a series of roundtables for activists in communities across the country. 

    If you can't join us for a roundtable in your community, please join us for our digital activism roundtable. 

    From 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST, activists across the country will join together to discuss upcoming Amnesty campaigns and their ideas for activism and organizing. 

    Register now via the link below - we want to hear from you! 

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

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