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Amnesty International and the Tamil community in Canada – amnesty.ca

[Press Release, Saturday, 18 February 2012 11:20 No Comment]
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There have been a number of recent media articles in Sri Lanka recently suggesting that Amnesty International’s impartiality had been compromised because the Canadian Tamil Congress chose to make Amnesty International Canada a beneficiary of funds raised at their third annual Walk-a-Thon held in Toronto in September 2011. The Walk-a-thon is an annual event which offers individuals an opportunity to support organizations in Canada involved in social, health and justice causes and to make a contribution to Canada’s social fabric. Previous recipients in 2009 and 2010 were the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. These donations in no way impair the independence of Amnesty International – which is nonpartisan and works on human rights issues around the globe. The contributions were offered with no conditions or qualifications. The funds raised from the 2011 Walk-a-thon amount to less than ½ of 1% of the funds raised by Amnesty International Canada’s English Branch in 2011.

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There have been a number of recent media articles in Sri Lanka recently suggesting that Amnesty International’s impartiality had been compromised because the Canadian Tamil Congress chose to make Amnesty International Canada a beneficiary of funds raised at their third annual Walk-a-Thon held in Toronto in September 2011.

The Walk-a-thon is an annual event which offers individuals an opportunity to support organizations in Canada involved in social, health and justice causes and to make a contribution to Canada’s social fabric. Previous recipients in 2009 and 2010 were the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. Funds raised come from hundreds of individuals taking part in the event and from numerous sponsors, including small businesses within the Tamil Canadian community. The funds raised from the 2011 Walk-a-thon totaled approximately CDN$50,000.

These donations in no way impair the independence of Amnesty International – which is nonpartisan and works on human rights issues around the globe. We receive financial support from a broad range of individuals committed to the protection and promotion of human rights.

These hundreds of contributions were offered with no conditions or qualifications. They were not earmarked to support our programming on Sri Lanka and will in fact be used to support a variety of ongoing global initiatives, including our work to end violence and discrimination against Indigenous women in Canada; campaigning with respect to serious human rights violations in Colombia; research and advocacy efforts in response to the protests, transition and deepening crackdown in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa; responding to crises in such African countries as Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Somalia; and much more.

In 2011, Amnesty International Canada’s English Branch raised approximately CDN$11.2 million. These contributions amount to less than ½ of 1% of those revenues; that percentage is far less when looking at the total global contributions we receive from our millions of members worldwide. Amnesty International Canada appreciates having been chosen to be a recipient in 2011. We are impressed at the hard work and generosity of the hundreds of individuals who contributed.

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