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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Alex Neve, O.C.

Alex Neve, O.C.
Alex Neve, O.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
Officer of the Order of Canada

A lawyer who now heads Amnesty International Canada’s English branch, Alex Neve is at the vanguard of the drive for a safe and just world. Admired for his ethics and commitment, he has helped bring positive change to law and policy at home and abroad. In the 1990s, he helped persuade the Tanzanian government to end the deportation of Burundian refugees, many of whom were being killed on their return. He has fought for the rights of Native peoples internationally and, in Canada, has shone a light on violence against Native women. As well, he has drawn critical attention to individual human rights cases such as that of Maher Arar, helping to precipitate government action.

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