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Action Focus

Action Focus is an opportunity to become better informed on crucial Africa-related issues and to take action for human rights and justice. Although one person acting alone may not be able to do very much, hundreds of people acting together and speaking with one voice can be a formidable force for change!

Some Action Focus items target major issues involving Africa and offer alternative analyses and responses. They provide a more radical perspective than what is often found in government and mainstream media sources and they are accompanied by suggestions for action. Other Action Focus items are direct calls for immediate urgent action coming from Amnesty International or AfricaFiles' sister organizations, such as the members of KAIROS - Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives or the Africa Canada Forum. They often involve writing letters to MPs or other leaders about abuses and injustices or joining in some other kind of campaign action by sending solidarity messages to the organisers.


Current Actions


Lesotho: Twenty-three risk unfair trial and death penalty
Sponsor: Amnesty International Target: Death penalty, soldiers, court martial, solitary confinement, torture
Action Site: http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentaction Other Contact Info: UrgentAction@amnesty.ca
Amnesty International has multiple concerns about the legal and physical rights, and fate, of more than 20 imprisoned soldiers. They could face the death penalty. Amnesty asks below for your urgent intervention. JS Click here to read more . . .
Act By: 27 December 2015


Sudan: Whereabouts of Darfuri students unknown
Sponsor: Amnesty International Target: Habeus corpus, Darfuri, torture, NISS, arbitrary detention
Action Site: http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentaction Other Contact Info: UrgentAction@amnesty.ca
Amnesty International is not sure how sound is the legal basis for detaining eight students. Of more urgency is that officials have not revealed their location. This puts their physical safety, as well as their legal rights, in jeopardy. As requested below, please send an email or letter to call for their protection without delay. JS Click here to read more . . .
Act By: 27 December 2015