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    December 06, 2012

     On the National Day of Remembrance and Action, a coalition of  women’s groups, shelters and labour organizations is urging the federal government to take concerted action to end violence against women in Canada. Reminding the government that its 2011 Throne Speech promised to address violence against women and girls, the December 6 Coalition called for a comprehensive National Action Plan to end violence against women in Canada and a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Internationally, Canada should commit to playing a lead role at the 2013 UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) and work for an agreement that builds upon and strengthens existing rights for women, and holds governments accountable for their progress toward eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls. Last year’s sitting of the UNCSW failed to reach an agreement.

    November 30, 2012

    A draft constitution approved by Egypt’s Constituent Assembly falls well short of protecting human rights and, in particular, ignores the rights of women, restricts freedom of expression in the name of protecting religion, and allows for the military trial of civilians, Amnesty International said.

    “This document, and the manner in which it has been adopted, will come as an enormous disappointment to many of the Egyptians who took to the streets to oust Hosni Mubarak and demand their rights,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

    Freedom of religion is limited to Islam, Christianity and Judaism, potentially excluding the right to worship to other religious minorities such as Baha’is and Shi’a Muslims.

    The constitution fails to provide for the supremacy of international law over national law, raising concerns about Egypt’s commitment to human rights treaties to which it is a state party.

    In the submission prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Iran in October-November 2014, Amnesty International noted the following concerns:
     

    Executions, including of juvenile offenders, carried out in violation of international standards for fair trial. Torture and other ill-treatment in detention centres continue to be committed with impunity, Violence against women and girls, Discrimination on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, ethnic identity or religious belief. Religious and ethnic minorities. Criminalization of Adult same-sex sexual conduct. Undue restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, affecting in particular human rights defenders, trade unionists, women’s rights activists, journalists and student activists, Control of universities, including by limiting academic freedoms.

    Read the full report here

    South Sudanese Women Speak Peace: Presentations, MP Panel and Discussion

    Featuring women peacebuilders Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng and MP Panel with Hélène Laverdière, MP, and others TBC

    Moderated by Jennifer Henry, KAIROS Executive Director

    Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Desmarais Building, Room 1160, 55 Laurier, University of Ottawa

    Our special guests will highlight the critical role of grassroots organizations like the South Sudan Council of Churches in responding to violence against women in war-torn South Sudan and in building peace at the community and national level. MPs from each political party have been invited to respond in the context of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

    The investigation into the gunning down of three Kurdish women activists in Paris must be prompt and thorough, Amnesty International said.

    Sakine Cansýz, a founder of the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez were found shot dead at the “Kurdistan Information Office” on the evening of 9 January.

    “There must be justice for these apparently political killings – no stone must be left unturned in the investigation by the French authorities,” said John Dalhuisen,Europe and Central Asia Programme Director.

    “The Turkish authorities must cooperate fully in the investigation to bring those responsible to justice.”

    The killings come at time when the Government of Turkey and the PKK have begun peace negotiations.

    “Both sides must ensure that the killings do not derail negotiations aimed at ending the decades long conflict and ongoing human rights abuses,” said Dalhuisen.

    UBC alumnus Loujain al-Hathloul has been unjustly detained in Saudi Arabia for her courageous and peaceful women's rights work. Vancouver friends of Loujain are organizing an emergency rally. 

    "One of the most powerful and urgent pieces of human rights theatre ever made"
    The Herald

    On December 16, 2012, a young woman boarded a bus in Delhi heading for home. What followed changed countless lives forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yael Farber (Mies Julie) has created a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by violence. The draw: Rave reviews and dozens of awards including the coveted Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. For ages 16+. Contains adult themes and mature content. York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

    Nirbhaya: Performances November 3 to 14 Special Amnesty International evening November 4: ticket package $40 includes performance, post-show Q&A, and one drink – use "discount coupon" code Amnesty40.

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