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MEDIA ADVISORY: Amnesty International calls for action on human rights ahead of North American Leaders’ Summit

    June 24, 2016

    ---Media Advisory---

    June 24, 2016 - Ahead of the North American Leaders’ Summit, Amnesty International has called for the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico to adopt a robust human rights agenda in an Open Letter outlining continental human rights recommendations.  At a press conference on June 27th, the heads of Amnesty International Canada, Mexico and United States will call for action on the concerns outlined in the Open Letter, including:

    1. Migrant and refugee rights, particularly the practice in all three countries of holding migrant and refugee children in detention facilities; and
    2. Violence and discrimination against Women and Girls, particularly Indigenous women and girls.  

    Other recommendations deal with the Inter-American human rights system, Trade and Investment, Indigenous peoples, national and public security, climate change and human rights defenders.

    Event:                   Press conference

    Speakers:            Margaret Huang, Interim Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

    Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada

    Perseo Quiroz, Executive Director, Amnesty International Mexico

    Date:                     Monday, June 27, 2016

    Time:                    10:30 a.m. ET

    Location:             Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

    ***IMPORTANT NOTE: For media who are not members of the Canadian Press Gallery, please contact Marc Fortier, Canadian Press Gallery, in advance to request accreditation to attend the press conference:


    Jacob Kuehn

    Media officer, Amnesty International Canada (English)

    Office:    +1 613 744 7667, ext. 236


    Anne Sainte-Marie

    Responsable des communications, Amnistie Internationale Canada (francophone)

    Bureau: +1.514.766.9766 # 230