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Amnesty International works to protect human rights in the United States. Amnesty International advocates for human rights-oriented approaches to national security, criminal justice and police accountability; works to abolish the death penalty; and campaigns for individuals at risk.

In 2014, President Obama acknowledged that torture had been carried out following the 11 September 2001 attacks (9/11) under a secret detention program authorized by his predecessor and operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). However, accountability and remedy for the crimes under international law committed in that programme remained absent. The declassified summary of a Senate report into the program was released in December. Scores of detainees remained in indefinite military detention at the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, while military commission trial proceedings continued in a handful of cases. Concern about the use of prolonged isolation in state and federal prisons and the excessive use of force by police continued. Thirty-three men and two women were executed during the year.

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December 9, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Calls for Declassification and Full Release of Torture Report

December 9 marks the 5-year anniversary of the release of an executive summary of the United States Senate report on Central Intelligence Agency torture of people who it had detained, many of whom are still in detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba today. On this anniversary, Amnesty International USA is calling for the so-called “Torture Report” to …

December 2, 2019 • Press Release

Supreme Court NRA Case Highlights Necessity of More Regulations, Not Less

Ahead of hearings before the Supreme Court of the United States on the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc et al. v. City of New York, challenging ​a now repealed regulation prohibiting transporting firearms to gun ranges, shooting competitions and second homes outside of the city, the End Gun Violence campaign manager at Amnesty …

November 27, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Mourns the Tragic Killing of Anil Raj, Calls for Afghan Government to Seek Justice

The following statement was issued today by Board of Directors Chair of Amnesty International USA, Janet Lord: “Amnesty International USA mourns the killing of Anil Raj and sends its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and his brave colleagues. Anil served as a country specialist for Amnesty International USA from 2007-2010 and was a member …

November 20, 2019 • Press Release

Facebook and Google’s Pervasive Surveillance Poses An Unprecedented Danger To Human Rights

Facebook and Google’s omnipresent surveillance of billions of people poses a systemic threat to human rights, Amnesty International warned in a new report as it called for a radical transformation of the tech giants’ core business model.

November 19, 2019 • Press Release

Billboards for World Children’s Day Call for Freedom for Detained Children in the U.S.

For World Children’s Day on November 20, Amnesty International USA is calling for the United States government to stop detaining children who seek safety in the United States, with new billboards targeting the Trump administration. As part of the I Welcome campaign, Amnesty International USA has launched billboards in Florida targeting the detention of children seeking …

November 18, 2019 • Press Release

President Trump’s Pardons Send Message That Laws Don’t Matter

Responding to reports that President Donald Trump intervened in three cases involving war crimes, issuing full pardons to two soldiers and reversing disciplinary action against another, Daphne Eviatar, director of the Security with Human Rights program at Amnesty International USA said: “President Trump’s actions send a message that laws don’t matter to this administration. Under …

November 18, 2019 • Press Release

President Trump’s Bullying Makes a Mockery of Asylum

Responding to a new interim final rule that seeks to implement asylum cooperative agreements between the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, Charanya Krishnaswami, the advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA said: “The administration has bullied the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras into signing agreements that will be deadly …

November 16, 2019 • Press Release

Another Weekend of Shootings Shines A Glaring Light on Inaction By Congress, Mitch McConnell

Responding to shootings this weekend in the United States, in Pleasantville, New Jersey and Paradise Hills, San Diego, Amnesty International USA’s End Gun Violence campaign manager, Ernest Coverson said: “On the heels of the preventable tragedy in Santa Clarita this week, this country is once again in pain as children bear the brunt of inaction in …

November 15, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International Calls on Governor Abbott to Grant Clemency to Rodney Reed

Amnesty International members around the world are making a plea for Texas Governor Greg Abbott to grant clemency to Rodney Reed and stop his and any further executions. For several weeks, Amnesty International members worldwide have written to the governor’s office to raise concerns about Rodney Reed’s case prior to his scheduled execution date on …

November 14, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Stands With Santa Clarita Community in School Shooting, Calls for Meaningful Gun Violence Prevention

Responding to reports of a school shooting today in California, Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA said: “No child should ever go to school with the fear of never coming home again. The gun violence in this country is a human rights crisis, which our leaders continue to …

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