The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us around the world. It’s an unsettling time filled with concerns, challenges, and anxieties.

As a global organization, Amnesty International knows this pandemic reveals the interconnectedness of our world in a very personal way. We also know that in trying times like these, the best of humanity can rise.

This is a time when we have the opportunity to help end demonization and anger – and move forward with empathy and kindness. While people may need to be physically distant, we remain united.

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PRESS RELEASES

April 7, 2020 • Report

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, authorities must release immigration detainees

The Trump administration is failing to protect people in immigration detention during the COVID-19 public health emergency, Amnesty International said today in a new report, ‘We are adrift, about to sink’: The looming COVID-19 disaster in US immigration detention facilities. The United States has the largest immigration detention system in the world, with Immigration and …

April 7, 2020 • Press Release

Workshop for media will examine COVID-19 impact on the Middle East and North Africa

As part of a series of workshops exploring human rights concerns related to the COVID-19 response, Amnesty International USA will be holding a workshop titled “The impact of COVID-19 on the Middle East and North Africa”. The workshop will cover how COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of millions of people living throughout the Middle East …

April 7, 2020 • Press Release

COVID-19 Response Flaws Put Older Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh in Imminent Danger

Older Rohingya refugees in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh are being left behind in the humanitarian response to COVID-19, which could have devastating consequences given the high risks older people everywhere face from this deadly pandemic, Amnesty International said today.

April 3, 2020 • Press Release

Workshop For Media Will Examine Gun Violence During The COVID-19 Pandemic

As part of an ongoing series of workshops exploring human rights concerns related to the COVID-19 response, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) will be holding its third workshop titled “Gun Violence In the Age of COVID-19” on Thursday, April 9th, at 1:30pm EST. The workshop will address the gun violence risks posed by increased gun sales and stay at home orders, including how improperly secured guns put families and children in danger, instances of intimate partner violence and abuse, as well as concerns for individuals at risk of suicide.

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Governments Must Halt Dangerous and Discriminatory Detention of Migrants and Asylum Seekers

Authorities in a number of countries across the Americas, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Curaçao, and Trinidad and Tobago, among others, are detaining migrants and asylum seekers in a dangerous and discriminatory manner based solely on their migration status, Amnesty International said today. In doing so, they are pushing people into unhygienic and unsafe environments, contrary to international human rights and public health guidelines.

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Authorities in Tunisia Should Reduce Number of Detainees During COVID-19 Crisis

The Tunisian authorities must urgently consider reducing the number of people detained for breaching emergency health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International warned today.

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Proposed Emergency Powers in Cambodia Would Obliterate Human Rights

The Cambodian authorities must urgently withdraw or substantially redraft the egregious State of Emergency Law which poses a grave threat to human rights in Cambodia, said Amnesty International today.

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Digital surveillance to fight COVID-19 can only be justified if it respects human rights

With governments across the world rapidly expanding the use of digital surveillance in an attempt to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International and other leading NGOs have set out strict conditions that must be met to safeguard human rights and prevent surveillance overreach. More than 100 civil society groups joined Amnesty in signing the statement, including …

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Shoot-to-kill Order by the President Alarming, Oppressive Approach to Pandemic in the Philippines

Responding to orders from President Duterte to police, military officials and barangay officials to shoot ‘troublemakers’ protesting during community quarantine, reports of further arrests for breaches of quarantine and news that 21 residents of a village in Quezon City were arrested after demanding relief from the local government in light of the community quarantine, Philippine Section Director, Butch Olano, said:

April 1, 2020 • Report

Amnesty International Highlights Human Rights Priorities for Country Responses to COVID-19 

Amnesty International has published recommendations today for countries in Europe, urging them to ensure that their responses to COVID-19 are in line with their international and regional human rights obligations.

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