The Equity Committee participates in Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network to combat injustice and inequity around the world and advance our vision of a world when everyone is treated fairly regardless of who you are, what you look like, or what you believe. 

Who is Amnesty International?

Amnesty International is a non-partisan human rights organization that conducts research and generates action to prevent and end human rights abuses, and demands justice for those who’s rights have been violated around the world. 

What is the Urgent Action Network?

The Urgent Action Network is a group of 165,000+ volunteers in 55 countries who expose and pressure human rights violators to change their illegal and unethical behaviours including torture, extrajudicial executions, genocide, depriving equity groups of food/water/other necessities, etc. After Amnesty verifies that these types of illegal activity are happening, they distribute an Urgent Action notice to the network and ask folks to send letters, faxes, emails, and other messages to the government or organization committing these crimes to inform them that the world is watching and pressure them to stop their illegal activity immediately. 

Check out this video to see how an urgent action process works!

How does the Equity Committee participate?

The Committee reviews each urgent action notice from Amnesty, discusses the alleged rights violation, and decides if they want to participate or not. After approving participation, Committee members meet to draft a letter fulfilling the requirements of the request, have the letter signed by the Union’s President and Vice President Equity, and email, fax, or mail the letter off to the intended recipients as soon as possible. 

How can I get involved in the Urgent Action Network?

Visit Amnesty International Canada’s Urgent Action Network webpage for more information and how to join.

Urgent Actions Participated In:

Click on any of the titles below to see a copy of the letter sent by the Students’ Union