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International, Society

Despite  ‘unspeakable tragedies,’ human rights defender draws hope

Alex Neve has seen first-hand the effects of mass atrocities in Darfur, South Sudan and the Rohingya crisis, but he has also seen incredible courage and persistence of people who have stood against injustice. Neve just retired as secretary general »

Politics, Society

Sex workers go to court in a challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws

An alliance of 25 sex worker rights groups has gone to court to challenge Canada’s prostitution laws. The Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform filed suit Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, saying the laws–as they stand »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

RCMP chief says there’s more to be done for people facing threats from abroad

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the federal police force should–and will–do more to help people in Canada who face threats, intimidation and coercion by foreign governments, including China’s. “If people are getting intimidated, as soon as they’re brought to our »

International

Determined Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul is finally released from prison

Loujain al-Hathloul, whose fight for human rights–especially women’s rights–touched hearts around the world, appears to have emerged triumphant–for now– from a Saudi prison after a long battle with authorities who kept her behind bars but never managed to break her »

Politics, Society

Canada calls sentence of Saudi activist Lojain al-Hathloul ‘deeply troubling’

Global Affairs Canada is calling a sentence delivered to human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul by a court in Saudi Arabia on Monday “deeply troubling.” Al-Hathloul, a 31-year-old graduate of the University of British Columbia, was sentenced to nearly six years in »

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 »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Amnesty International calls on Canada to open border to refugees from the U.S.

As countries around the world close their borders to contain the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International is calling on the federal government to set an example of humane treatment of refugees and open Canada’s borders to asylum seekers from the »

International

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

Death of Uighur writer sparks call for Canada to act

A Canadian family has recently learned of the death of their relative, writer Nurmehemmet Tohti after his release from an internment camp in China. A grandson living in Calgary told the Globe and Mail newspaper that being in custody was »

International, Society

Release of Myanmar journalists lauded by UN, human rights groups

After more than 500 days behind bars, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were pardoned and released from prison in Myanmar on May 7, 2010. The UN human rights office praised the release but said a “very dire »