UNAC proud to sponsor DOXA film Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd

DOXA2015-Poster_webThe United Nations Association of Canada – Vancouver branch is pleased to sponsor an upcoming film at the DOXA documentary festival.  The film is entitled Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd and will be showing on Wednesday, May 6th at 6:00 PM at VanCity Theatre.  The film will be followed by a Justice Forum discussion.

The film follows twenty-two Muslims from China’s Uyghur minority who fled China, but were unfortunate enough to be rounded up in the months following the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.  Patricio Henriquez’s film follows their journey from China to the Middle East and then to the detention prison at Guantánamo where they were imprisoned without trial for up to eleven years. Even after being proven innocent, they were stuck in a legal black hole.  In- depth candid interviews with three of the former detainees, now resettled in other countries around the world, bring to light the shocking injustices of these little-known victims of the War on Terror.  This documentary encourages us to closely consider the religious, political and cultural persecution of minority groups, many of which are ignored by the international community, swept under the carpet for larger political reasons.

uyghursTo see a trailer of the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-S9eqBQeao

To go to the DOXA webpage on the film: http://www.doxafestival.ca/film/uyghurs

We hope to see many UNAC-Vancouver members there!


UNAC – Calgary branch honoured with 3 of the “top 30 under 30” Albertans

The UNA-Canada family is particularly proud that three of our valued team in Alberta have been named among this year’s laureates recently featured by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 under 30 for their commitment to building a better world

Mélanie-Anne Bonnar:  UNA-Canada Calgary Branch President

Vivian Giang:  UNA-Canada’s Multimedia & Multiculturalism Alberta Project Officer AND volunteer Communications Director of UNA-Canada Edmonton Branch

Ola Mohajer: Former Board Member with UNA-Canada Calgary and currently one of our United Nations Professional Placement Programme interns with UN Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in  Harare, Zimbabwe

All three honourees are examples of young and inspiring global citizens working to impact and improve the lives of Canadians across the country and beyond . Their dynamic leadership has been influential in UNA-Canada’s growth, locally and globally, to build a better world for us all.

Congratulations again to Melanie, Vivian and Ola – and to all the Top 30 Alberta global citizens!
You can visit ACGC’s web site to read the full issue; Melanie’s, Vivian’s and Ola’s profiles can be found on pages 28, 37, and 30  respectively.