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Syria: UN Security Council must take decisive action after Idleb chemical attack, says Amnesty International

April 5, 2017 – Evidence gathered is suggesting a nerve agent was used in an air-launched chemical attack which killed more than 70 and injured hundreds of civilians in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s northern province of Idleb, Amnesty International revealed as the UN Security Council meets for an emergency meeting in New York this morning. […]

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Amnesty International Report: ‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

Feb. 22, 2017 – Politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing “us vs them” rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, warned Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. The report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of […]

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Amnesty International: Canada must strip USA of “safe third country” designation for refugee claimants

Jan. 30, 2017 – In an Open Letter to Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Amnesty International’s Canadian and US Sections, representing close to 2 million people in the two countries, have today called on the Canadian government immediately and urgently to rescind designation of the United States as a “safe third […]

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Salil Shetty: A refugee is not a person who commits acts of terrorism. It is someone fleeing people who commit acts of terrorism.

Jan. 30, 2017 – Salil Shetty is Secretary-General of Amnesty International The gloves are off. With Friday’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” President Donald J. Trump has declared war on Muslim refugees around the world. With the stroke of a pen, the President has – among other actions […]

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EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Jan. 17, 2017 – Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and […]

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Secretary of State Nominee Tillerson’s Answers Extremely Concerning, Says Amnesty

Jan. 11, 2017 – Following the first day of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing, Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang released the following statement: “After a day of questioning, Tillerson’s commitment to human rights in the U.S. and abroad is in serious question. While he confirmed that U.S. foreign policy should […]

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Conviction of Israeli soldier must pave the way for justice for unlawful killings, says Amnesty International

Jan. 5, 2017 – The conviction of an Israeli soldier who shot dead a Palestinian man involved in a knife attack in Hebron as he lay wounded on the ground offers a small glimmer of hope amid the rampant impunity for unlawful killings in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said Amnesty International. The soldier, Elor Azaria, […]

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Crimea In the Dark: The silencing of dissent

Dec. 19, 2016 – The Crimean Tatar community has been subjected to systematic persecution by the Russian authorities since the occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, said Amnesty International in a report published last week. In the Dark: The silencing of dissent looks at the repressive tactics employed by the Russian authorities […]

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Refugee Crisis: ‘Leaders’ Summit’ in NY fails to show leadership on refugees

Sept. 21, 2016 –  The outcome of President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York marks a small step forward but falls far short of what is needed to address the global refugee crisis, said Amnesty International today. Leaders at the summit increased commitments on resettlement, humanitarian funding, refugee education and access to work. […]

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Women’s rights activists treated as enemies of the state in renewed crackdown in Iran

Aug. 11, 2016 – Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women’s rights activists in the country in the first half of this year, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations and increasingly likening any collective initiative relating to women’s rights to criminal activity, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s research reveals that since January […]