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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» 


Saudi women activists go on trial in Riyadh criminal court

Saudi Arabia has upped the ante in their confrontation with Western countries over the fate of 10 women activists arrested last year. Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a statement signed by three dozen countries, including Canada,» 

International, Society

Saudi Arabia appears set to ramp up pressure on jailed women dissidents

Amnesty International says it’s time for Ottawa to release the mute button on criticism of Saudi Arabia’s treatment of jailed women dissidents, at least two of whom have close ties to Canada. One of those women, Loujain al-Hathloul, is scheduled» 


Family frantic over arrest of Canadian engineer in Cairo

The family of a Canadian detained last week in Egypt as he was about to board a flight home is asking Ottawa to get more involved in finding out what is going on. Yasser Ahmed Albaz was taken into custody» 

International, Society

Women’s fight for human rights highlighted in 2018

Amnesty International warns that this year “tough guy” leaders who push misogynistic, xenophobic and homophobic policies are jeopardizing freedoms and rights that were won long ago. On this the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty International» 

International, Society

Death penalty is ‘inadmissible,’ says Pope Francis

Pope Francis has changed Roman Catholic Church policy on the death penalty to say it is always inadmissible because it attacks the inherent dignity of all humans. The human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International is praising the pope for his» 

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Myanmar military must be prosecuted for atrocities: Amnesty International

‘A highly orchestrated, systematic attack’ A comprehensive report by Amnesty International details crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya population, and says top military brass must face justice. The crimes include murder, rape, torture, burning and forced» 

International, Society

Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo to be memorialized in Toronto

A bronze statue of an empty chair will be erected in Canada’s biggest city to commemorate writer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. China refused to allow the writer to travel to Norway to collect his» 

International, Society

Disappeared in Mexico: Canadians support affected families

Canadians have written messages of concern and support on paper butterflies delivered by Amnesty International Canada to Mexicans who have lost friends or family members. More than 35,000 people in Mexico have disappeared. Monarch butterflies make a yearly migration between» 

Immigration & Refugees, International

Canada urged to suspend refugee agreement with U.S.

Refugee and human rights advocates are renewing calls for Canada to suspend an agreement it has with the United States governing the treatment of refugee claimants. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement between the two countries refugee claimants must see»