Amnesty International Canada
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Canada: Sign the global treaty to end torture
30 YEARS AGO the world agreed to ban the use of torture, but it still thrives in more than 100 countries, behind closed doors and in hidden corners of prisons and detention centres where no one is watching. A new global treaty will open those doors and shine light into those corners, finally ensuring we wipe out torture everywhere and forever – but Canada has not yet added its signature. Canada can be part of the solution by signing the global treaty to end torture. The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OP CAT) will open prisons and detention centres to regular national and international inspections to ensure there are no conditions that allow torture and ill-treatment to take place. OP CAT will prevent torture from happening – but only if enough countries sign on. Canada banned torture and ill-treatment in law years ago, but still has not signed on to the OP CAT treaty. Why the delay? The studies have been done. The oversight bodies are in place. All that is needed is the political will and leadership to finish the process. It's time for Canada to be a strong international voice for torture prevention. How can Canada push other governments to stop torture if we have not made the full commitment ourselves? Call on Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion and Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale to ensure Canada fully commits to ending the use of torture around the world.
Help reunite families divided by prison walls
A year ago, Phyoe Phyoe Aung was jailed for organizing a peaceful student protest in Myanmar. Her husband, James, was detained soon after. Stand up for their freedom. By joining Amnesty International, you will continue our work of reuniting thousands of families torn apart by injustice. Join us!
Tell Myanmar's Government to free peaceful activist Phyoe Phyoe Aung
Phyoe Phyoe Aung is a young activist in Myanmar who is in prison with 50 other students for organizing peaceful protests. She faces a possible 13 year sentence. Urge the President to stop this attack on freedom of expression and immediately release Phyoe Phyoe Aung and all prisoners of conscience.
Release torture survivor Yecenia Armenta
Yecenia Armenta Graciano has spent the last three years in a Mexican prison, charged solely on her so-called "confession" obtained through torture. Mexican authorities must release Yecenia and bring her torturers to justice. Yecenia's nightmare began in July 2012, when she was blindfolded and taken by plain clothed police in Culiacán, Mexico. She was detained and tortured. Her captors hung her upside down, asphyxiated and brutally raped her. After 15 hours of torture, her captors threatened to bring in her children to rape and kill them. At this point, still blindfolded, Yecenia agreed to sign a “confession” to involvement in the murder of her husband, and was charged on the basis of it. The prosecution has failed to present any evidence of the crime she has been accused of. Yecenia deserves to be free and to see her torturers brought to justice, as do so many other torture victims in Mexico. On December 10, International Human Rights Day, as part of a global Write for Rights letter-writing marathon, Amnesty International supporters from around the world will send messages to the Mexican government demanding justice for Yecenia. You can do that right now. Call on the Mexican authorities to drop the charges against Yecenia, release her immediately and bring her torturers to justice.