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This post is from the year-end letter Alex Neve, Secretary-General of AI Canada.

"Don’t worry about me. You are the ones who have such important work to do. You have to be sure to tell everyone about what is happening here."

Amnesty International Canada: Tell Everyone: A year end message from Alex Neve

"Much of this decade has been dominated by the repercussions and aftermath of the terrible terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11th, 2001. Not only were the attacks themselves a frightening assault on human rights, the response unleashed by that deadly violence provoked significant setbacks to human rights protection.  Torture, arbitrary arrest, indefinite imprisonment, unfair trials, discrimination – all in the name of security."

"We spoke out around the world.  And our voice, joining many others nationwide, was certainly strong here in Canada as well."

  • We renewed our call for a national action plan on violence and discrimination faced by Indigenous women and girls across the country. 
  • We pressed the case for a solid human rights impact assessment before Canada goes further with plans for a free trade deal with Colombia. 
  • We highlighted concerns about human rights violations associated with the overseas operations of various Canadian companies. 
  • We continued to call for justice and accountability for Canadians detained and tortured in foreign countries.
  • We insisted that there be a public inquiry into the Afghan prisoner transfer fiasco.
  • We intervened successfully on behalf of numerous individuals seeking refuge and safety in Canada.
  • We are heartened to see steps finally being taken to scale back and limit the use of Tasers by law enforcement agencies across the country.

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