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Court in Turkey Deals Crushing Blow as Four Human Rights Activists Are Convicted

July 6, 2020 – Following a majority court ruling to convict Taner Kılıç for ‘membership of the Fethullah Gülen terrorist organization’ and to convict Özlem Dalkıran, İdil Eser and Günal Kurşun for ‘assisting the Fethullah Gülenterrorist organization’, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher who observed the hearing said: “Today, we have borne witness to a travesty of justice of spectacular […]

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Unlawful “annexation” plan for the occupied West Bank must be stopped, says Amnesty

July 1, 2020 – The Israeli authorities must immediately abandon plans to further “annex” territory in the occupied West Bank which breach international laws and exacerbate decades of systematic human rights violations against Palestinians, Amnesty International said on the day the Israeli cabinet is due to begin its deliberations on the plans. Amnesty International is also calling […]

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China: National security law for Hong Kong risks turning city into police state

June 30, 2020 – China’s national security law for Hong Kong will put everybody in the city at risk of arbitrary detention and unfair trial unless underpinned by measures to guarantee protection of human rights, Amnesty International said today as Beijing lawmakers prepare to adopt the dangerous legislation. Chinese authorities are expected to vote through […]

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Pride is a timely reminder that LGBTI people must not be left out of COVID-19 response

June 26, 2020 – This weekend’s Pride celebrations are a chance to celebrate and promote the rights of LGBTI people at a time when their rights are under increased threat, Amnesty International said today. The organization warned that existing inequalities have been entrenched by months of lockdown measures, exposing LGBTI people to terrifying levels of […]

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Immigrant rights groups call on governors, health officials to release people in immigration detention

May 15, 2020 – Nearly two dozen human rights, immigrant rights, and civil rights advocates and service providers are coming together to seek the release of immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. In the face of continued refusal by federal authorities to use discretion to release people from immigration detention, the groups will leverage the influence […]

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Greece: With camps on fire, transfer of vulnerable asylum-seekers to mainland must urgently resume

April 27, 2020 – Three fires have raged through the Vathy refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos destroying many tents and containers and leaving around 200 people homeless. Two fires on Sunday 26 April and one today, Monday 27 April, have destroyed much of the camp which houses almost 7000 asylum-seekers despite having […]

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Granting Government in Hungary Unlimited Powers Under New COVID-19 Law is Disturbing Development

March 30, 2020 – Following the decision by the Hungarian parliament to pass a new law that will allow the government to rule by decree without meaningful oversight, and with no clear end date or periodic reviews under the state of emergency, David Vig, Amnesty International’s Hungary Director, said: “This bill creates an indefinite and […]

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Daniel Balson: Pompeo’s Remarks on the International Criminal Court Are Callous and Punitive

March 18, 2020 – Responding to the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks during a news conference at the State Department, Amnesty International USA’s advocacy director, Daniel Balson, said: Threats against family members of ICC staff who are seeking justice is a new low, even for this administration.  Instead of pursuing the torturers, […]

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Modi-Trump Meeting Highlights Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Both Government’s Policies

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2020 – As U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, meet Amnesty International India and Amnesty International USA issued the below joint statement: “Anti-Muslim sentiment permeates the policies of both U.S. and Indian leaders. For decades, the U.S.-India relationship was anchored by claims of shared values of human […]

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Erika Guevara-Rosas: Exoneration of Scott Warren is a Triumph for Humanity

Nov. 20, 2019 – In response to the humanitarian volunteer Dr. Scott Warren being found not guilty of the charges against him in a court in Arizona today,Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: Sense has prevailed today with the jury exonerating Dr. Scott Warren for a simple reason: humanitarian aid is never a […]

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Another Weekend of Shootings Shines A Glaring Light on Inaction By Congress, Mitch McConnell

November 18, 2019 – Responding to shootings this weekend in the United States, in Pleasantville, New Jersey and Paradise Hills, San Diego, Amnesty International USA’s End Gun Violence campaign manager, Ernest Coverson said: “On the heels of the preventable tragedy in Santa Clarita this week, this country is once again in pain as children bear the […]

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Shocking disregard for civilians as U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan adds to death toll

Sept. 19, 2019 Responding to the reported killing of numerous farmers in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan, on the same day that 20 civilians were reportedly killed in a suicide bomb attack on a hospital, Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights Director Daphne Eviatar said: “On yet another deadly day in Afghanistan, once again it […]

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Trump Administration’s Asylum Ban Could be a Death Sentence for People Seeking Safety

Sept. 12, 2019 – Today, Amnesty International condemned the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the Trump administration’s asylum ban to temporarily proceed. Charanya Krishnaswami, the Advocacy Director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA, stated: “The asylum ban the Supreme Court has upheld could be a death sentence for people in search of safety and protection. […]