AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CANADA
E M E R G E N C Y A C T I O N A P P E A L:
International human rights monitors needed to
protect lives in Israel and the Occupied Territories
Since late September, renewed violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories, including areas under
the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, has led to widespread human rights violations.
* More than 280 people have been killed, many of whom were children.
* The majority of the deaths have
been Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces. Amnesty
International has expressed concern that many of these deaths have occurred because security
forces have resorted to lethal force in circumstances in which lives were not in imminent danger.
* Amnesty has also spoken out and
condemned the killings of a number of Jews in bombing attacks
on civilian targets, such as a school bus and a market in Jerusalem.
* There are numerous reports of beatings and ill-treatment by Israeli police.
* Amnesty has called for investigations
into all allegations of human rights abuse and has
highlighted the importance of ensuring that those responsible be brought to justice.
Increasingly Amnesty International is convinced that there is an important
international role to be
played in protecting human rights in the area. We have strongly endorsed the recommendation made
by Mary Robinson, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, for international human
rights monitors in the region.
In an open letter to the UN Security Council on November 24, Amnesty
International urged the
creation of "an international human rights monitoring presence to provide accurate, unbiased reporting
by impartial witnesses on the observance of human rights and humanitarian law by all sides."
An effective and independent international human rights presence in
Israel and the Occupied Territories,
including areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority will help to bring the violence committed
by both sides to the current conflict to an end, avoid new provocative actions and promote the
prospects for peace.
Canada is coming to the end of a two year term as member of the Security
Council. Until December
31, 2000 Canada can play an important role in encouraging the Security Council to establish an
international human rights monitoring presence.
Send a message to the Prime Minister of Canada. Tell him that as he
begins his third term of government you want Canada to take a strong stand
for human rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories, including the
areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Urge him to take
advantage of Canada's final month on the Security Council. Tell him that
Canada to support the creation of an international human rights monitoring presence in the region.
The Right Honourable Jean Chretien
House of Commons
FAX: (613) 941-6900
Please note that faxes and letters sent by express mail may have a greater
impact than emails alone. If you send an email message, please try to send
a copy of your message by fax or express mail as well. And in your email
message, please be sure to fill out the subject line with a concise statement
"I support international monitors in Israel and the Occupied Territories."
If you have any questions concerning this action, please contact:
Marilyn McKim and Patricia Diaz
Amnesty International Canada Urgent Action Coordinators
613.744.7667 Amnesty International
email@example.com 56 Temperance Street, 8th floor
Toronto ON M5H 3V5
Phone: (416) 363-9933 ext 25
Fax: (416) 363-3103
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