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Italy/Malta: Forcing Aquarius to Valencia undermines search and rescue system and sets deadly precedent

June 12, 2018 – As the SOS Mediterranee rescue ship, MV Aquarius, heads to the Spanish port of Valencia, Elisa De Pieri, Amnesty International’s Italy Researcher said: “By closing their ports the Italian and Maltese governments are trampling the principle of rescue at sea and undermining the entire search and rescue system. If allowed to […]

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Italy/Malta: Stranded refugees and migrants must be immediately allowed to dock, says Amnesty

July 11, 2018 –  As the SOS Mediterranee rescue ship, MV Aquarius remains stranded between Malta and Sicily with 629 people aboard including 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 children and seven pregnant women, Elisa De Pieri, Amnesty International’s Italy Researcher said: “By closing their ports, Italy and Malta have not only turned their backs on more […]

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Tarah Demant: Domestic Gag Rule around Title X is Deadly

May 18, 2018 – Reacting to news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may adopt a “domestic gag rule” around Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, Tarah Demant, Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Program at Amnesty International USA stated: The proposal is deadly, […]

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US Embassy Move to Jerusalem Rewards Israel’s Illegal annexation and Settlement Policy says Amnesty Intl.

May 14, 2018 – Reacting to the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Raed Jarrar, Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA stated: Today, on the eve of Palestinians’ commemoration of the Nakba, the displacement and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians 70 years ago from […]

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Separating asylum-seeking families violates international law, says Amnesty

May 7, 2018 – The U.S. government must stop separating asylum-seeking parents from their children and denying them access to asylum procedures through prolonged detention, said Amnesty International today in response to reports of the Department of Homeland Security’s adoption of a draconian family separation policy that will apply to anyone who presents themselves at […]

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Israel: Arms embargo needed as military unlawfully kills and maims Gaza protesters (VIDEO)

April 27, 2018 – Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them, Amnesty International revealed today, based on its latest research, as the “Great March of Return” protests continued in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military has killed […]

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Daphne Eviatar: Amnesty International Opposes New Open-ended War Authority for President Trump

April 17, 2018 – In response to Senator Corker’s proposed authorization for use of military force (AUMF) intended to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations, Daphne Eviatar, director of Security with Human Rights for Amnesty International USA, made the following statement: Since 2001, the U.S. has been operating as if the world is a permanent […]

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Syria: Block on Douma chemical attack investigation must be lifted immediately, says Amnesty International

April 16, 2018 – Responding to news that inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have still not been granted access by the Syrian authorities to the site in Douma where 75 people were killed last week following a suspected chemical weapons attack by government forces, Sherine Tadros, Head of Amnesty International’s […]

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Research Shows a Global Trend Towards Abolition of the Death Penalty, But More Work Remains

April 12, 2018 –  In its annual assessment of the death penalty, Amnesty International’s research points to a further global decrease in 2017, down from the high peaks recorded for total executions in 2015 and death sentences in 2016. According to the report that was published today, 106 countries had abolished the death penalty in law for all […]

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Amnesty Intl. Calls for Withdrawal of Haspel’s Nomination for CIA Director, Investigation of Her Alleged Role in Torture

WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2018– Responding to reports that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) deputy director Gina Haspel may have been involved in torture and enforced disappearances at a CIA “black site”, Amnesty International is calling on President Trump to withdraw her nomination for CIA Director pending full investigation of the allegations. Margaret Huang, executive director at […]

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Myanmar: Forced starvation of Rohingya highlights danger of premature returns

March 6, 2018 – Reacting to the UN’s claim that Myanmar is continuing its campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya including through “forced starvation”, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: “The UN’s findings sadly echo our own – there is no question that the Myanmar authorities’ vicious campaign of […]

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Yemen: US-made bomb kills and maims children in deadly strike on residential homes

Sept. 22, 2017 – The bomb that destroyed a residential building in Yemen’s capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more – including five-year-old Buthaina whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike – was made in the USA, Amnesty International reveals today. Amnesty International’s arms expert analysed remnants of the […]

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Gaza: Looming humanitarian catastrophe highlights need to lift Israel’s 10-year illegal blockade

June 14, 2017 – The Israeli authorities’ latest decision to slash the electricity supply to the Gaza Strip could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences for residents who have already endured a decade of suffering under Israel’s brutal blockade, Amnesty International has warned. The latest round of power cuts announced by Israel on June 11 restricting the […]

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Hungary: NGO law a vicious and calculated assault on civil society

June 14, 2017 – The passing of a law stigmatizing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive foreign funding is the latest in an escalating crackdown on critical voices and will hamper critically important work by civil society groups, said Amnesty international. The Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad will force NGOs receiving more than 24,000 EUR […]

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