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Bolivian Government Must Suspend Presidential Decree and Investigate Causes of Forest Fires

September 9, 2019 – In an open letter published today, Amnesty International called on the government of President Evo Morales to suspend the July decree that authorized “controlled burns” to extend the agricultural frontier, until it is certain that the decree has not contributed to the forest fires that are causing an environmental and human […]

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Discriminatory Measures Undermine Palestinian Representation in Knesset

August 3, 2019 – Palestinians elected to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, are being targeted by discriminatory regulations and legislation that undermine their ability to represent and defend the rights of the Palestinian minority population in Israel, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today, ahead of upcoming Israeli elections on September 17. Elected but […]

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New Flores Regulations Brazenly Attack Children’s Rights, Says Amnesty

August 21, 2019 – According to reports, the Trump administration is issuing a final rule that will effectively terminate the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, which mandates that children cannot be held in immigration detention for more than 20 days. Denise Bell, researcher for refugee and migrant rights issued this statement: “These new regulations are extraordinarily […]

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There is no evidence of a link between mental health and gun violence, says Amnesty

Aug. 5, 2019 – Responding to President Donald Trump’s speech following a spate of mass shootings over the weekend, Ernest Coverson, Amnesty International USA’s End Gun Violence campaign manager said: “Gun violence reform cannot come at the expense of the human rights of any community. When President Trump links background checks for guns with immigration […]

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Egypt: Series of draconian laws ‘legalizes’ unprecedented repression six years since fall of Morsi

July 2, 2019 – The Egyptian authorities are attempting to normalize human rights violations by passing a series of laws to “legalize” their escalating crackdown on freedom of expression, association and assembly, said Amnesty International, six years since recently deceased former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power on 3 July 2013. The organization has […]

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Trump Administration May Block Asylum to Central Americans

May 30, 2019 – The Trump administration is reportedly considering barring anyone who transits through a third country from seeking asylum at the US southern border. Such a policy would effectively block anyone other than Mexicans and Canadians from seeking asylum in the United States. In response, Charanya Krishnaswami, Advocacy Director for the Americas at […]

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Authorities must stop criminalizing humanitarian aid, says Amnesty

May 21, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Justice should immediately drop all criminal charges against humanitarian volunteer Scott Warren and stop criminalizing humanitarian aid, Amnesty International said today. “The U.S. government is legally required to prevent the arbitrary deaths of migrants and asylum seekers in border areas. Yet instead, authorities have willfully destroyed humanitarian […]

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Saudi Arabia: Six months after brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi, ‘no real signs of justice’

April 2, 2019 – Marking six months since the shocking murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Campaigns, said: “Six months after the extrajudicial execution of Jamal Khashoggi, there are still no real signs of justice or international accountability. It has become clear that the issue is being […]

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Trump Administration Reckless in Recognizing Israel Sovereignty Over Golan Heights, Says Amnesty

March 25, 2019 – Condemning today’s announcement that the U.S. is recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Philippe Nassif, Middle East advocacy director at Amnesty International USA, made the following statement: “The decision to recognize the Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory is irresponsible, reckless and yet another example of the Trump Administration violating […]

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The Hidden U.S. War in Somalia

March 25, 2019- The US government must carry out impartial, thorough investigations into credible evidence its rapidly escalating air strikes in Somalia have killed numerous civilians, Amnesty International said in a new report last week. The Hidden US War in Somalia details how 14 civilians were killed and eight more injured in just five of […]

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Bosnia-Herzegovina: Karadžić life sentence sends powerful message to the world

March 20, 2019 – Responding to the decision by the Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanisms for Criminal Tribunals to increase Radovan Karadžić’s sentence to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Amnesty International’s Europe Deputy Director, Massimo Moratti, said: “Today’s decision, upholding Radovan Karadžić’s conviction on genocide, crimes against humanity […]

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Ashley Houghton: Call for Congress to exercise oversight of administration’s attempts to crack down on advocates and journalists at US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2019 – According to reports, the United States government is tracking and investigating journalists and immigration advocates believed to have supported or documented the situations of asylum-seekers and migrants at the US-Mexico border. Leaked documents reveal a list including US citizens, organizers mostly based in the US and Latin America, and journalists who […]

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Israel/ OPT: Findings of UN inquiry into Gaza killings must pave way for justice over war crimes, says Amnesty

Feb. 28, 2019 – Responding to the findings of a report published by the UN Commission of Inquiry today which states that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes during protests in Gaza last year, including by deliberately firing on Palestinian civilians, Saleh Higazi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International said: […]