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Salil Shetty is a renowned expert on poverty and human rights

© Amnesty International

1 July 2010

Salil Shetty, the new Secretary General of Amnesty International, on Thursday began his first full day in office by pledging to do all that he can to ensure governments respect the rights of the world’s most impoverished and vulnerable groups.

“I am deeply privileged to have this opportunity to lead the movement in its fight to end repression and injustice,” Salil Shetty said. “With traditional human rights challenges persisting and several new challenges confronting the world, the need for Amnesty International as a leading voice against human rights violations is greater than ever before.”

A renowned expert on poverty and human rights, Salil Shetty stressed the urgency of ensuring governments place human rights at the centre of efforts to eradicate poverty. World leaders are due to meet at the United Nations in New York this September to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals, the UN’s major global initiative to address poverty.

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Released by Amnesty International Canada on 27 June 2010

As the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International Canada (English branch) concluded today in Toronto, Amnesty International members from across the country expressed their very deep concern that important rights associated with peaceful protest have suffered considerably in the city over the weekend.
In connection with the G20 leaders summit, the heavy police and security presence that has permeated the city for several days, as well as acts of vandalism and other violence by numbers of individuals, have contributed to an atmosphere of apprehension and fearfulness that has led many individuals to refrain from or limit their involvement in peaceful demonstrations and other activities.

At a time when the public should be encouraged to actively engage in debate and discussion about pressing global issues, the security measures that were put in place in Toronto in the lead up to the G20 Summit held in the city instead narrowed the space for civic expression and cast a chill over citizen participation in public discourse. Many thousands of individuals did take part in public events such as the “People First” demonstration during the afternoon of June 26, but felt apprehensive while doing so. Many others did not take part out of a sense of unease and fearfulness.

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Troy Davis has spent nearly 19 years on death row and faced execution three times, for a murder he maintains he did not commit.

On Wednesday 23 June, Troy finally got the chance to present evidence that may prove his innocence to a Federal Court in Savannah.

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Posted: June 24, 2010 in Updates

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