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Global assault on NGOs reaches crisis point as new laws curb vital human rights work

Feb. 20, 2019 – Governments across the world are increasingly attacking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by creating laws that subject them and their staff to surveillance, nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles and the ever-present threat of imprisonment, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations reveals […]

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Margaret Huang: It’s Time To Stop Political Posturing And Protect Human Rights At The Border

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2019 – In anticipation of President Trump’s address tonight on his administration’s policies toward asylum-seekers and migrants at the border, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International, issued the following statement: The president’s persistent efforts to dehumanize asylum seekers at the border must no longer be enabled by any kind of federal […]

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Amnesty International: Trump’s cruel plans to block people seeking protection must not stand

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 1, 2018 – In response to President Trump’s plans to implement restrictive policies to limit the rights of migrants, refugees, and people seeking asylum from Central America, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo issued this statement: “Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. I would like to remind President Trump that U.S. […]

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President Trump Must Abandon Plan to Close Border to Central Americans Seeking Asylum, Says Amnesty

Oct. 26, 2018 – In response to reports that President Trump plans to take executive action blocking refugees and people seeking asylum from Central America from entering the United States to request protection, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “The Trump administration is defying international law and manufacturing a crisis at the border […]

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Russia: Amnesty researcher abducted and subjected to mock executions in Ingushetia

Oct. 15, 2018 – An Amnesty International researcher sent to observe demonstrations in the Ingushetian capital Magas was abducted, beaten and subjected to terrifying mock executions by men claiming to be members of the security services. Oleg Kozlovsky, a Russian national working as a researcher for Amnesty International, arrived in Magas on October 5 to […]

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Alleged Assassination of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul Sets Abysmal New Low, Says Amnesty

Oct. 9, 2018 – Responding to reports alleging that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said: “Reports that a team flew in from Saudi Arabia expressly to carry out a ‘planned murder’ in the consulate are cause for extreme alarm after Jamal […]

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Amnesty International: Kavanaugh Confirmation Is Devastating

Oct. 6, 2018 – Responding to news that the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, Daphne Eviatar, Amnesty International USA’s Director of Security with Human Rights said: “Kavanaugh’s confirmation is devastating as unresolved questions remain about his human rights record, including in relation to the U.S. government’s use of torture and other […]

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Honduras: Amnesty Intl. to observe trial over killing of human rights defender Berta Cáceres

Sept. 17, 2018 – Amnesty International will observe the trial of eight people accused of the 2016 murder of Honduran human rights defender Berta Cáceres, beginning next Monday, 17 September at the Supreme Court of Justice in Tegucigalpa. “It’s crucial that the Honduran authorities ensure that this trial meets international standards of fairness and that […]

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A year on from Hurricane Maria, new evidence shows how Puerto Ricans were denied essential water

Sept. 13, 2018 – Amnesty International is demanding that the Puerto Rican and US federal authorities initiate an independent investigation into the authorities’ response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which cost 2,975 lives. The call comes amid new revelations of a large stockpile of drinking water amassing on the runway of the airport in […]

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Israeli court approves a war crime by ruling in favor of demolishing the entire village of Khan al-Ahmar

Sept. 5, 2018 – Responding to the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision, the second one in less than two months, to approve the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, by rejecting the desperate last resort petitions from residents of the West Bank village, Saleh Higazi, Head of Office in Jerusalem for Amnesty International, said:“With this shameful and manifestly […]

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Guatemala: Discriminatory law puts at risk the lives and rights of thousands of women, girls and LGBTI people

Sept. 5, 2018 – Guatemala’s Congress must reject proposed law 5272, also known as the “Law for the Protection of Life and Family,” because it would violate the rights of thousands of women, girls and LGBTI, Amnesty International said today. “This bill actually threatens what it claims to protect: life and families,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, […]

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Decisive action needed by UN to ban killer robots – before it’s too late, says Amnesty

Aug. 27, 2018 – As rapid technological advances bring “killer robots” ever closer to reality, Amnesty International is calling on states to support the negotiation of new international law to ban fully autonomous weapons systems. The Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems will meet in Geneva […]

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Raqqa civilian killings admission ‘tip of the iceberg’ for US-led Coalition military operation in Syria

Aug. 6, 2018 – After Amnesty International research prompted the US-led military Coalition to admit to killing dozens of civilians in its Raqqa offensive, the Coalition must urgently launch thorough, independent investigations to uncover the full scale of civilian deaths and compensate the victims and survivors. On July 26 the Coalition acknowledged that its aerial bombardments between June and […]

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