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    HUMAN RIGHTS AT HOME

    Amnesty International believes that human rights leadership starts at home. Consistent, principled action to better protect human rights in Canada will show other countries that Canada is ready and willing to lead on the world stage. Amnesty International believes that human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. Amnesty International members work to ensure that Canada upholds rights guaranteed in national and in international laws and that it takes action to protect the human rights of all Canadians.

    Canada: Keep your promise to Indigenous peoples

    Urge the government of Canada to keep its promise to fully uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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    But there are a number of longstanding human rights issues and new concerns that require leadership and action by the Canadian government. There are continuing systematic violations of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  There are persistent failures to provide adequate assistance to women and girls living in poverty in Canada and to address violence against aboriginal women. Canada has also introduced legislation that include lengthy mandatory detention and other measures that violate international norms. Canada has consistently avoided accountability for the practice of transferring battlefield detainees when there are serious risks of torture. It also failed to defend the rights of many citizens detained abroad, such as Omar Khadr, in the context of the “war on terror”.

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    CANADA'S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

    Read Amnesty's "Report Card' for 2016: A Human Rights Assessment of Year One of the Trudeau Government 

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    INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

    Over centuries, Indigenous peoples have been denied their basic human rights in Canada and around the world. 

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    Canada: Indigenous rights harmed by Mount Polley disaster

    Call on Canada to ensure the rights of Indigenous peoples are respected in the context of resource development.
     
     

    Canada: Protect Indigenous girls and women

    Intensive resource development projects put the lives of indigenous women and girls at risk. Tell Canada to put the rights of Indigenous women and girls first when approving resource development projects.
     
     

    Canada: Don’t Gamble with Inuit Lives

    Tell the federal and provincial governments to make good on their promises to protect Inuit health and culture before the Muskrat Falls Dam is completed.
     
     
     

    Pledge to Stand with Indigenous Women and Families to End Violence

    Take the pledge to stand with indigenous women and families to end the violence
     
     

    REFUGEE RIGHTS

    Advocate for the rights of refugees in Canada and globally, in order to ensure that governments live up to their human rights obligations to protect refugees.

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    Canada: Support South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

    Aid is desperately needed to support over 1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

     

     

    Canada: Rescind Safe Third Country Agreement with USA

    Refugees claimants from the USA should able to turn to Canada.

     

     

    Canada: Be a Leader for Refugees

    The government’s success in resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees in early 2016 is to be commended. Now we need resources and a long-term plan for Canada to welcome all refugees.

    CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY

    Human rights abuses at Canadian-owned mining and oil and gas sites around the world are widespread and well documented.  

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    Call on Canada to Stop Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia

    Canadian made light armoured vehicles sold to Saudi Arabia are at risk of being used against civilians.

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    Canada: End Gender-Based Violence

    1 in 3 women and gender diverse people in Canada will experience violence in their lifetime. Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to enact a national action plan on gender-based violence.

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    NEWS AND UPDATES

    AUGUST 07, 2018: Canadian Civil Society Organizations Welcome New Commitment from Government of Canada to Support LGBTI Rights Globally following the Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference in Vancouver

    AUGUST 02, 2018: Civil Society calls on Government of Canada for Greater Action on LGBTI Rights Globally

    JULY 27, 2018: BC actions in Site C injunction case a blatant betrayal of its promise to uphold Indigenous rights

    JULY 24, 2018: Ontario Superior Court Ruling Recognizes the Fundamental Right of Charities to Advocate for Change

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