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    February 10, 2011

    Fair-trade roses will be delivered to the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe on Thursday, February 10th at 2pm, in advance of Valentine’s Day, to call for the protection of women’s human rights defenders in Zimbabwe.

    Every Valentine’s Day, members of the organization Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) march in the streets of Bulawayo and Harare to call for peace and justice.  Formed in 2003, WOZA has over 35,000 members in Zimbabwe. They engage in peaceful protest to demand access to education, food, and health care, and an end to oppression.  They hand out paper roses, calling on the government for change.  And every year in response to their peaceful protest, WOZA members are beaten, harassed, detained and tortured.

    Amnesty International members across Canada will take action to support WOZA on Valentine’s Day.  In Ottawa, Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada, along with representatives of Oxfam Canada, will attempt to deliver fair-trade roses, donated by Canadians, to the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe, to call for peace, justice and the protection of women’s human rights defenders.

    February 09, 2011

    Rallies are being held across at least 30 cities in 12 countries.


    On Saturday 12 February Amnesty International will be part of a rally being held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa between 1- 3 p.m supporting peaceful protestors in Egypt and in the wider region. Alex Neve, the Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada will speak at the event.

     They will be joining thousands of Amnesty International supporters, Egyptian activists, trade unionists, students and others on 12 February at rallies in at least 30 cities across the world to mark a “Global Day of Action” in solidarity with protestors in Egypt and the wider Middle East and North Africa region who are demanding greater human rights.

    Protests will be held in cities across Australia, Benin, Canada, Germany, France, Mali, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, the USA and others. Demonstrators have been asked to wear red, black or white (the colours of the Egyptian flag) clothing and face paint.

    February 02, 2011

    "Security, Peace and Order"?: Violations in the wake of elections in Belarus highlights violations of the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression; ill-treatment and disproportionate use of force, arbitrary detention, fair trial concerns and medical care for the detained.

    The document presents the case of opposition presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau and his wife who were severely beaten and injured by riot police and unlawfully arrested. His sister Irina Bogdanova told Amnesty International:  “Most of the information we are getting from the news. In what conditions they are held there we don’t know, how badly my brother is beaten up we don't know, whether they are getting any medical care or not, we don't know.”

    In its latest briefing, Amnesty International is reiterating its call to the Belarusian authorities to release all prisoners of conscience who are detained solely for the peaceful expression of their political views.

    January 20, 2011

    On Friday 21 January, at a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Amnesty International’s expert on Haiti, Gerardo Ducos, will provide an update on the organization’s engagement with the Haitian authorities regarding the legal case against former president Jean Claude Duvalier. Amnesty International has documented hundreds of human rights abuses committed during Duvalier’s rule (1971-1986), including detention without trial, systematic torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions.

    Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti on 16 January after nearly 25 years in exile in France. He was briefly arrested on 18 January and is currently facing corruption-related charges.

    When: Friday 21 January, 9.30am Local Time (14:30Hs GMT).

    Where: Hotel Le Plaza, Salle Therese 2, 10 Rue Capois, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    Who: Gerardo Ducos, Researcher on Haiti at Amnesty International.

    For more information, please contact:
    In Port-au-Prince: Carolina Roman, +509 3784 4619.
    In London: Josefina Salomon, +44 7778 472 116, jsalomon@amnesty.org

    January 07, 2011

    An Amnesty International delegation has recently returned from Juba in southern Sudan.

    While in Juba, the three-delegate team met with government officials, diplomatic missions, civil society and United Nations representatives in order to make an assessment of the human rights situation ahead of the forthcoming referendum on southern independence.

    Now back in London, the team is available to talk about their findings in English, French and Arabic. Specifically:

    January 07, 2011

    Amnesty International’s expert on Haiti, Gerardo Ducos, will be in Haiti between 8 and 22 January 2011. As part of the visit, Ducos will launch the report Aftershocks: Women speak out against sexual violence in Haiti’s camps at a press conference on Tuesday 11 January in Port-au-Prince. The report, which features the stories of over 50 survivors of sexual abuse, looks at the continuing failure to protect girls and women living in makeshift camps from the risk of rape and sexual assault.

    Survivors of sexual violence, who are already struggling to overcome the trauma suffered after losing their loved ones, their homes and livelihoods after the earthquake, have no access to medical care and have little hope to see their attackers brought to a court.

    When:

    Tuesday 11 January, 10am local time.

    Where:

    GARR offices (Groupe d'Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés) 69, Christ Roi, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    Who:

    December 22, 2010

    As the UN Human Rights Council (the Council) prepares to hold a Special Session on the situation of human rights in Côte d'Ivoire on 23 December in Geneva, Amnesty International is calling on the Council’s members to end the ongoing human rights violations.

    Amnesty International calls on the Council to:

    December 07, 2010

    On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Chinese prisoner of conscience and co-author of CHARTER ‘08 Liu Xiaobo will be awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Despite this tremendous international honour, he remains imprisoned in China for his peaceful advocacy for human rights and democracy. Chinese authorities have refused to release him and have also refused to allow his wife to travel to Norway to accept the award on his behalf. On December 10th, a delegation of leading human rights advocates will seek to deliver to the Chinese Embassy petitions signed by thousands of Canadians from across the country urging the Chinese government to release Liu Xiaobo immediately. The advocates have written to the Ambassador, seeking a meeting. It is not yet clear whether Embassy officials will meet with the delegation or agree to receive the peitions.

    The human rights advocates will make comments to the press at the time of the petition delivery.

    Place: Embassy of the People's Republic of China
    515 St. Patrick Street, Otttawa

    Date: Friday, December 10, 2010

    Time: Between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m.

    December 07, 2010

    Following a meeting with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity, leaders of Colombia’s National Indigenous Organization (ONIC) will publicly call for Canadian action to confront an emergency situation for Indigenous Peoples in Colombia.

    Last month, the ONIC testified at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that at least 64 of Colombia’s 102 Indigenous Peoples are at risk of physical or cultural extinction. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples describes the situation as “grave, critical and profoundly worrying” and has called for a visit to Colombia of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Colombia’s own Constitutional Court has ordered the Colombian government to put into place protection plans for 34 Indigenous Peoples determined to be at risk of extinction.

    The ONIC visit to Canada comes less than six months after Canada entered into a free trade agreement with Colombia, the impact of which could exacerbate this human rights crisis.

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