Amnesty International Canada

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Started 3 petitions

Petitioning Stéphane Dion

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.

Amnesty International Canada
15,266 supporters
Petitioning TBD

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!

Amnesty International Canada
602 supporters
Petitioning Phone

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.

Amnesty International Canada
2 supporters