John Humphrey Freedom Award laureate to visit five Canadian cities

News release Godeliève Mukasarasi : A devoted source of hope and justice for survivors of the 1994 Genocide   MONTREAL, OCT. 26, 2004  – Rwanda ‘s Godeliève Mukasarasi, winner of Rights & Democracy’s 2004 John Humphrey Freedom Award, arrives in Canada Nov. 27 for two weeks of engagements with Canadians in five cities. Ms Mukasarasi […]

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Togo Military Flouts National Constitution

MONTREAL – FEB. 8, 2005 – Rights & Democracy strongly condemns the military coup d’état in Togo last Saturday and the ex post facto constitutional changes by Togo’s National Assembly the following day that allowed Faure Gnassing to succeed his father, Gnassing Eyadema, as President of Togo. Gnassing Eyadema died of a heart attack Feb. […]

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Canadian Coalition Demands Demilitarization of Tsunami Aid in Aceh

News Release MONTREAL – Jan. 6, 2005 – An ad hoc coalition of major Canadian civil society and aid organizations is demanding that the Indonesian government immediately cease all non-aid related military operations in Aceh in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster. The organizations condemn the Indonesian military’s failure to adhere to a ceasefire in […]

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Tenth session of the United Nations Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (1)

The International Community must consider Indigenous peoples’ rights a central human rights concern and work toward the timely adoption of the UN Declaration News release GENEVA – Dec. 8, 2004 – Amnesty International, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers), the International Federation for Human Rights and Rights and Democracy, welcome the constructive dialogue among the representatives […]

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Canada must address lack of legitimate authority in Haiti

News Release Montreal – September 28, 2004 ? Canada must play its part in the establishment of legitimate authority in Haiti, where emergency relief in the wake of Hurricane Jeanne has once again laid bare the almost total lack of governance, says Rights & Democracy. In Gonaives, distribution of aid in the city is in […]

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Declaration on the Special Summit of the Americas by the International Coalition of Organizations for Human Rights in the Americas

Spanish Version Full respect for Inter-American Human Rights System essential to OAS: Declaration MEXICO CITY – January 12, 2004– Human rights are a pivotal issue and a basic condition for equitable economic growth, social development, and democratic governance – the key themes of the Special Summit of the Americas. Full respect for human rights, their […]

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