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Poland: After acquitting rainbow halo women, authorities must end their witch-hunt against activists

January 12, 2022 – Responding to the dismissal of the appeal against the acquittal of three women human rights activists in Poland on absurd charges of “offending religious beliefs” for distributing posters of the Virgin Mary with a halo in the rainbow colours of the LGBTI pride flag, Catrinel Motoc, Senior Campaigner in Amnesty International’s […]

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Myanmar: Unbridled destruction of freedoms as Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced

In response to the sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said:  “The harsh sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military’s determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar. […]

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Amnesty International USA Joins Welcome.US Initiative to Mobilize Support for Afghan Refugees in the U.S.

Following the ongoing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Amnesty International USA is joining Welcome.US – a newly launched national initiative built across sectors, political parties, and all walks of life – to empower Americans to welcome and support our new Afghan neighbors. In partnership with resettlement agencies, community leaders, refugees, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based organizations, veterans, universities, […]

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Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention rallies the fight for women’s rights across the world

Turkey’s shameful withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention today will put millions of women and girls at greater risk of violence, Amnesty International said. President Erdoğan’s announcement of the decision to quit the landmark treaty on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence will go down in history as the first time a Council […]

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Daphne Eviatar, Amnesty International: Closing of Guantánamo Must be a Priority for President Biden

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2021 – Responding to the Biden administration approving three more detainees at Guantánamo Bay for release, Daphne Eviatar, the director of the Security With Human Rights program said: It is not enough for the Biden administration to announce that more detainees are cleared for release when the government has not made any […]

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Americas: Pandemic deepens decades of inequality, neglect and abuse in region worst hit by COVID-19

COVID-19 has laid bare and exacerbated the systemic inequality, widespread repression and destructive policies that contributed to the Americas becoming the region worst affected by the pandemic, Amnesty International said today upon publishing its annual report. In the Americas, Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights documents how women, refugees, migrants, under-protected health […]

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Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights

April 6, 2021 – The global pandemic has exposed the terrible legacy of deliberately divisive and destructive policies that have perpetuated inequality, discrimination and oppression and paved the way for the devastation wrought by COVID-19, Amnesty International said in its annual report published today. Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights covers […]

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COVID-19: Pharmaceutical companies and rich states put lives at risk as vaccine inequality soars

March 12, 2021 – The actions of pharmaceutical companies and rich countries mean that billions of people at risk of COVID-19 are unlikely to receive a single dose of the life-saving vaccines this year, Amnesty International said as it launched a new global campaign calling for universal access to vaccines. The campaign – A Fair […]

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G7 Leaders Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Failing to Tackle Global Vaccine Access, Says Amnesty

February 19, 2021 – Ahead of the virtual meeting of G7 leaders hosted by the UK government on Friday February 19, Amnesty International has warned that failure to ensure global access to vaccines represents an abject moral failure that will ultimately harm rich countries. “The leaders of G7 nations are shooting themselves in the foot […]

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Government Tactics to Silence Criticism and Social Demands Deepen Human Rights Crisis in Nicaragua

February 16, 2021 – Since the current human rights erupted in Nicaragua in 2018, the government has clamped down on all forms of dissent or criticism. The authorities have pursued a policy of eradicating, at any cost, activism and the defense of human rights, said Amnesty International in a new report published yesterday. In Silence at […]

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As Biden Ends Support to Conflict in Yemen, Arms Flows Must Also be Stopped, Says Amnesty

February 4, 2021 – Responding an announcement today from the Biden administration that the United States will cease support to the Saudi/UAE-led coalition engaged in Yemen, Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa said: “As the conflict in Yemen enters its seventh year, it is vital for the United States […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Reportedly Charged for Having Walkie-Talkies in Myanmar

February 3, 2021 – Responding to news that Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with breaching import-export laws for having walkie-talkies in her home, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Research, Emerlynne Gil, said: “If these charges are confirmed, they suggest the military is desperate for a pretext to embark on a witch-hunt and intimidate anyone who challenges them. “Any such trumped-up charges against Aung San Suu Kyi – and the dozens of others […]

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Denmark: First reading of “Sex without consent is rape” bill brings historic moment for women’s rights closer

November 20, 2020 – Responding to the reading of a Bill in Denmark’s parliament today that, once law, will finally recognize that sex without consent is rape, Amnesty International’s Women’s Rights Researcher, Anna Błuś, said: “We are now just one legislative stage away from Denmark finally recognising the simple fact that sex without consent is […]

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Hope for justice in Turkey as police officers face trial for assassinated human rights lawyer

October 20, 2020 – The trial of three police officers accused of killing prominent human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi presents a long overdue chance for justice, Amnesty International said today. On November 28,2015, Tahir Elçi was shot in the head shortly after giving a statement at a press conference in the city of Diyarbakır, where […]

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One Million Signatures Calling for Justice for George Floyd Delivered to AG Barr

October 6, 2020 – Amnesty International has delivered more than one million signatures from around the world to U.S. Attorney General William Barr demanding justice for George Floyd, a Black man killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. The letter, which can be found here, conveys Amnesty International’s grave concerns about racist policing […]

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Reports of Forced Sterilization of Women in ICE Detention Deeply Alarming, Says Amnesty International

Sept. 16, 2020 – Responding to reports that there have been hysterectomies performed on immigrant women detained in the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia, Denise Bell, Researcher on Refugee and Migrant Rights, said: The reports of hysterectomies performed on women detained in Irwin County without their full consent are deeply alarming. According to the report, some […]

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Detainees in Iran flogged, sexually abused and given electric shocks in gruesome post-protest crackdown

Sept. 1, 2020 – Iran’s police, intelligence and security forces, and prison officials have committed, with the complicity of judges and prosecutors, a catalogue of shocking human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, against those detained in connection with the nationwide protests of November 2019, said Amnesty International in a […]

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Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons

July 31, 2020 – Leaked official documents newly obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources to control the spread of COVID-19 and treat infected prisoners. The organization reviewed copies of four letters signed by officials at Iran’s Prisons […]