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Human rights don’t start at the water’s edge – there’s urgent work to be done here at home.

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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June 1, 2020 • Press Release

President Trump tramples right to protest

Responding to remarks by President Donald Trump today in the Rose Garden, Ernest Coverson, the End Gun Violence campaign manager at Amnesty International USA said: “The violence that can no …

May 29, 2020 • Press Release

Trump’s Decision To Withdraw Critical Funding from WHO Could Cost Lives

Following President Trump’s announcement this afternoon that the United States is ending its relationship with the World Health Organization, Joanne Lin, the national director for Advocacy and Government Affairs at …

May 28, 2020 • Press Release

New Executive Order targeting social platforms is dangerous and irresponsible

Responding to an executive order by United States President Donald J. Trump designating that social media companies are shielded from liability for user-generated content, Michael Kleinman, the director of the …

May 26, 2020 • Press Release

Minneapolis police officer must be held accountable for use of deadly force

No person should ever wake up wondering if that day will be the day that a police officer ends their life, yet people of color, particularly black people, across the country live with that painful and traumatic reality.

May 22, 2020 • Press Release

New hearing confirms ICE chooses family separation over family unity

In the midst of a global pandemic, ICE has a choice to either let families stay together and free or to keep them shut in despite dangerous and life-threatening conditions. ICE has chosen again and again to make an unconscionable choice.

May 19, 2020 • Press Release

Media briefing on family separation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Family residential centers that are detaining families throughout the United States are now weaponizing the public health response to COVID-19 to punish and deter people seeking safety, much as they have previously done with the “zero tolerance” family separation policy, Amnesty International USA and immigration advocates will discuss, in a new media briefing.

May 19, 2020 • Press Release

Countries are failing to protect rights of health workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic

The cost of curing: Health workers’ rights in the Americas during COVID-19 and beyond documents how those on the forefront of the pandemic are often working in unsafe conditions with insufficient protective equipment and risk reprisals from authorities or employers if they speak out, while some have even suffered death threats and physical attacks. The report also calls on governments to ensure safe working conditions for cleaners and other support staff who are at risk due to their work in healthcare facilities and nursing homes.

May 18, 2020 • Press Release

Missouri plans to execute Walter Barton, as he maintains his innocence

The planned execution of Walter Barton demonstrates why the death penalty is far too flawed to ever fix. Barton maintains his innocence after it took five trials which lasted over a decade to convict and sentence him. He faces execution despite the existence of expert opinion and evidence, never heard by a trial jury, which counters key elements that led to his conviction. This is not justice, it is cruelty.

May 15, 2020 • Press Release

Immigrant rights groups call on governors, health officials to release people in immigration detention

We are coming together to amplify pressure on ICE to act. As states address the public health and humanitarian challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are urging governors to use their public health authority to press ICE and federal immigration detention facilities and county and local jails and prisons to immediately and substantially reduce occupancy in facilities detaining immigrants and asylum-seekers. We hope that they will hear us and act swiftly to save lives.

May 13, 2020 • Press Release

The Trump administration’s asylum ban was never about public health

The Trump administration must end this racist and hateful policy, which has already sent thousands of people into danger and attacked the fundamental right to seek safety. Racism, xenophobia, and discrimination won't make people in this country safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Policies that embrace the humanity and fundamental human rights of all, will.

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