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Troubling attacks on Parliament leave us saddened and shaken

    October 22, 2014

    The attacks near and in Parliament today have shaken all of us, in Ottawa and across Canada. 

    There is deep sadness at the news that a soldier standing guard at Canada’s War Memorial has been shot and later died from his resulting injuries.  Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends and with any individuals who have been injured in today’s shootings. 

    The news that a gunman, who has been shot and killed, mounted an attack inside Parliament has left all Canadians troubled and unsettled.  The possibility that one or more other suspects may remain at large is of course deeply worrying.

    Amnesty International will watch closely as more detailed information about today’s tragic events emerges.  We continue to be supportive of security and law enforcement measures that respond to violence and threats of this nature in keeping with human rights safeguards that are at the very heart of justice and security.