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The Russian authorities have developed a sophisticated system of restrictions and severe reprisals to crush public protests, which extends to suppressing any reporting of them by journalists and independent monitors. Restrictions have increased since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the unbridled repression of the anti-war movement virtually precludes public protest and any sharing of information about it, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.
Congress has a duty to the American people to act for human rights and ensure that guns don’t end up in the hands of those likely to misuse them. We stand with victims’ families and survivors, and join our partners in the gun violence prevention community in demanding action.
Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Paul O’Brien, released the following statement in response to the results of the U.S. Congressional election: “We call on the incoming Congress to respect human rights, both within the U.S. and around the world. It is absolutely crucial that the U.S. government respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all people, without discrimination of any kind. That includes the right to abortion, the right to live free from gun violence, and the right to seek safety, including asylum.
In response to yesterday’s court ruling vacating Title 42, Amnesty International USA’s Amy Fischer, Americas Advocacy Director, issues the following statement: With yesterday’s decision by the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia finally vacating Title 42, the Department of Justice must ensure that asylum is fully restored. Today’s step forward in no way diminishes the urgency for the Biden Administration to recognize and facilitate asylum seekers’ right to seek asylum without relying on detention, surveillance, border militarization or other tactics intended to criminalize people or deter them from exercising their human right to seek safety. Instead, the U.S. must invest in community based support to welcome asylum seekers into their new communities while respecting and protecting their dignity and human rights.
G20 leaders should use this year’s summit to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, which have been under attack in the summit’s host country and around the world, Amnesty International Indonesia said today.
All five states with abortion-related measures on the ballot during the midterm election voted in favor of abortion rights. Voters in California, Michigan, and Vermont voted to pass further protections for abortion, and voters in Montana and Kentucky rejected further restrictions on abortion rights. In reaction to this news, Tarah Demant, Interim National Director of Programs, Government Relations and Advocacy said:
Russian authorities forcibly transferred and deported civilians from occupied areas of Ukraine in what amounted to war crimes and likely crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. The report, “Like a Prison Convoy”: Russia’s Unlawful Transfer of Civilians in Ukraine and Abuses During ‘Filtration’, details how Russian and Russian-controlled forces forcibly transferred civilians from occupied Ukraine further into Russian-controlled areas or into Russia. Children have been separated from their families during the process, in violation of international humanitarian law. Civilians told Amnesty International how they were forced through abusive screening processes – known as ‘filtration’ – which sometimes resulted in arbitrary detention, torture, and other ill-treatment.
The Director of Amnesty International USA’s Silicon Valley Initiative, Michael Kleinman, issued the following statement in response to reports of layoffs at Twitter:
In light of the recent surge in antisemitic rhetoric, messages and memes, Amnesty International USA reiterates its condemnation of antisemitism in the strongest possible terms and demands action to counter …
Reacting to the news that Russian attacks on energy facilities in Ukraine over recent days have led to a nationwide blackout in the country, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said:
As the international community marks World Refugee Day on Thursday, advocacy groups are sounding the alarm of a dramatic decline in global support for refugees, “led by the U.S.,” despite “increasing need.”
The recent mass execution of dozens of Saudi citizens has drawn wide criticism from rights groups and governments around the world, which have urged Saudi authorities to stop such public executions and put an end to the growing human rights abuses in the Muslim kingdom.
President Donald Trump has unsubscribed from a historic international agreement intended to limit the flow of weapons to potential human rights abusers, even though the United States has, for years, been accused of violating the treaty.
The Trump administration pressured Germany into watering down a United Nations resolution aimed at preventing rape in conflict situations, forcing it to remove language on sexual and reproductive health that key Trump administration officials say normalizes sexual activity and condones abortion, according to U.N.-based diplomats and an internal State Department cable reviewed by Foreign Policy.
When the US’s glaring failure to respond to gun violence was spotlighted – again – after 50 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, Tom Mauser looked on in pain.