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Politics, Society

Amnesty says Canada must do more to bring suspected war criminals to justice

Amnesty International says Canada isn’t doing enough to bring suspected war criminals to justice. In a report released today, the human-rights organization says the federal Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program–a federal law passed 20 years ago–is underfunded and »

International, Politics

Activists say Ottawa must do more to pressure China over Hong Kong rights

As Canada and China continue to spar politically–a dispute that has seen two Canadians held in detention for over 600 days and four others sentenced to death in less than two years–activists told a House of Commons committee on Tuesday »


Despite some Saudi reforms, women human rights activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul, stay jailed

Amnesty International is calling changes to Saudi Arabia’s male guardian system announced last Friday both “important” and “bittersweet.” Under the new laws, which was marked by some praise and some celebration, Saudi women will now be able to apply for »

International, Politics

Rights group welcomes Canada’s new guidelines to support human rights defenders

Human rights activists in Canada say they welcome new guidelines for Canadian diplomats working abroad aimed at enabling the work of human rights defenders around the world by ensuring their safety and security. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, announced Monday »

International, Society

Concern grows for UBC graduate currently jailed in Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International Canada is expressing concerns over the well-being of a Saudi woman with close ties to Canada. Loujain al-Hathloul, a University of British Columbia 2014 graduate, was one of ten women rights activists arrested in May in a government »

International, Society

Amnesty seeks letter writers for its yearly Write for Rights campaign

Do you care about human rights? Do you know how to write? Then Amnesty International wants to hear from you. The international human rights group is seeking thousands of people worldwide for its annual global letter-writing campaign, Write for Rights. »

International, Society

Canada revises directives on information gained by torture overseas

In a partial reversal of previous policy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has issued new directives that limit–but don’t totally forbid–Canadian security agencies from using information that was likely obtained through torture overseas. Previous directives allosed international exchanges of »

Health, International, Politics, Society

Amnesty International condemns Iran prison medical policies

As Canadian academic Homa Hoodfar languishes incommunicado in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, Amnesty International has issued a stinging rebuke to Iranian authorities over medical treatment of prisoners. Iranian women prisoners sit at their cell in Tehran’s Evin prison June 13, »