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    May 21, 2017
    Dawn Michael and Johann Cooper get set to welcome guests for AmnesTEA

    Dawn Michael and Johann Cooper get set to welcome guests for AmnesTEA


    Group 63 members decided to try an AmnesTEA on the Victoria Day weekend. Johann booked the gym at Trinity St Paul’s church in Toronto and made sure the congregation were invited to drop by after the church service.

    Johann, Dawn and Marilyn baked treats, put the coffee and kettle on, and laid out petitions, postcards and baskets for donations. Success! About 63 people signed a postcard demanding a fair trial for Huseyin Celil - a Canadian detained in China. The group also added their names to another action urging Canada to abolish the Designated Country of Origin list to allow refugee claimants a hearing based on their unique circumstance. We left with about $63 in donations and an invitation to make this a more regular event!

    May 09, 2017

    The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted 10 years ago on September 13, 2007. 

    May 09, 2017

    Human rights defenders are people who stand up for justice and equality in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. But they are under attack. 

    May 09, 2017

    Summers are for public engagement! Get our top tips for making your summer table a success. 

    February 08, 2017

    Amnesty International Canada will hold its 2017 Human Rights College (HRC) for Youth from May 30th to June 4th, in Calgary, AB.

    The HRC is a three day youth leadership training that takes place just prior to, and is connected with, our AGM. The HRC aims to empower and support young activists within Amnesty to facilitate their active leadership role within Amnesty International's youth program. The HRC will be a mix of skills and learning workshops, along with an opportunity for all participants to have a hands-on experience of testing out their new skills.

    The college directly precedes Amnesty Canada’s Annual General Meeting which all members of the HRC then go on to take part in.

    Applications for the Human Rights College are now being accepted and are due on March 27th.

    If you have any questions regarding the Human Rights College or would like an application, please contact

    We look forward to seeing you in Calgary!

    November 19, 2015

    Contributions from AI Toronto Film Team members: Kathryn Birkett, Sareema Husein, Nazila Mofrad, Cindy Ou, Violet Rusu

    What does the current state of free expression and human rights look like through the lens of a Canadian journalist, a film maker and an actress and Indigenous activist? Three industry professionals weighed in on the discussion at Toronto’s Paintbox Bistro on Thursday November 12th, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Amnesty International’s Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival.


    November 06, 2015


    By Stephanie Tran – Youth Intern, Amnesty International


    Over 30 000. That’s the number of cards of solidarity written for Raif Badawi with urgent calls for his freedom. Written by supporters from around the world, sentiments of solidarity came from around 20 countries altogether. Along with Ensaf Haidar, Raif Badawi’s wife, we brought 17 boxes filled with these cards to the Saudi Arabian Embassy. They refused to accept any of them.

    “What does the Saudi Embassy fear by refusing them?,” asked Director General of Amnesty Canada’s Francophone Branch, Beatrice Vaugrante. “It is disappointing but it will in no way lessen our determination to campaign for Raif.”

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