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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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January 24, 2020 • Press Release

Anniversary of the implementation of so-called ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy marks rampant rights abuses

Wednesday, January 29 marks one year since the Trump administration implemented an unprecedented program disingenuously titled the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” under which the U.S. government forcibly returns people to Mexico while they ask for asylum in the U.S. Since last January, close to 60,000 people who arrived at …

January 17, 2020 • Press Release

Upcoming Virginia Gun Rally Threatens Communities

Ahead of a gun rally scheduled to take place in Richmond, Virginia on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, expected to draw white supremacists and hate groups, Amnesty International USA’s End Gun Violence campaign manager, Ernest Coverson said: “When we have a system that allows virtually unfettered access to guns and a United States President and …

January 16, 2020 • Press Release

Architects of CIA torture program to testify at Guantanamo for first time

The two psychologists responsible for designing and implementing the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” will testify in pre-trial hearings in the September 11 case at Guantánamo Bay next week. Amnesty International experts will be there to observe their testimony. The contract psychologists, James E. Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, are responsible for developing interrogation techniques, including …

December 19, 2019 • Press Release

Final 2020 Congressional Funding Bills Fall Far Short of Making Human Rights a Priority

Responding to the final funding bills for Fiscal Year 2020, Amnesty International USA urges that the U.S. government must step up its contribution to global efforts to protect human rights. Earlier this week, Amnesty International USA welcomed efforts to secure $25,000,000 to aid in research around gun violence after recommendations from 160 medical, public health, …

December 16, 2019 • Press Release

Congress Appropriations for Gun Violence Research Step In The Right Direction, But More Must Be Done

Responding to the first time in more than 20 years that Congress has appropriated money for gun violence research, Ernest Coverson, the End Gun Violence campaign manager at Amnesty International USA said: “This is a long overdue step in the right direction, but there is so much more we can do. Communities have the power …

December 11, 2019 • Press Release

Jersey City Gun Violence Demonstrates How Guns Exacerbate Hate

In response to reports that the shooter in yesterday’s Jersey City, New Jersey shooting that left six people dead, had published anti-Semitic posts online and targeted a Kosher deli in a Jewish neighborhood, Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA, said:

December 9, 2019 • Press Release

Generation Z Ranks Climate Change Highest as Vital Issue of our Time in Amnesty International Survey

Climate change leads as one of the most important issues facing the world, according to a major new survey of young people published by Amnesty International today to mark Human Rights Day.

December 9, 2019 • Press Release

The Only Person Making Decisions About Pregnancy Should be the Pregnant Person

Amnesty international USA’s director of the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Program, Tarah Demant, said the following in regards to regulations on requirements for ultrasounds for people seeking abortions in Kentucky: “The only person who should be making decisions about a pregnancy is the person who is pregnant. The regulation in Kentucky is meant to slowly …

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 …

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