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ISRAEL/OPT: Urgent Need for a Sustained Ceasefire to End Civilian Bloodshed and Mass Suffering as Fighting Resumes

A ceasefire is the best way to ensure all civilians are protected across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to alleviate mass humanitarian suffering in Gaza.

December 1, 2023

A worker walks past a COP28 logo ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on November 28, 2023. The UN chief urged world leaders to take decisive action to tackle ever-worsening climate change when they gather at the COP28 summit in Dubai starting this week. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)
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Global: Initial pledges at COP28 to finance the Loss & Damage Fund fall far short of what is needed

Amnesty International reacts to initial pledges totaling about US$420 million made on the first day of COP28 to finance the Loss and Damage Fund.

November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 29: Senior Campaign Manager at Amnesty International Isra Chaker speaks during a press conference on the delivery of close to 1 million supporters calling on President Biden to help bring about a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza at the White House on November 29, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for MoveOn)
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Nearly 1 Million Across U.S. Call For Ceasefire Now

Amnesty International USA, Avaaz, Demand Progress, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), MoveOn and Oxfam America delivered nearly 1 million signatures gathered by civil society organizations at the White House.

November 29, 2023

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Global: Leaders at COP28 must protect human rights by agreeing to phase out fossil fuels and press the UAE for reforms

Leaders at the COP28 climate summit in the United Arab Emirates must place human rights at its heart by agreeing to rapidly phase out fossil fuels and ensure civil society’s full and free participation.

November 28, 2023

Women take part during the International Safe Abortion Day in Bogotá, Colombia, 28 September 2023
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Global: Human rights defenders and health workers who face widespread abuse and criminalization for defending the right to abortion must be better protected

People who defend the right to abortion and provide essential services are being stigmatized, intimidated, attacked, said Amnesty International in a new report.

November 27, 2023

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Israel/OPT: Deal to Release Hostages and Prisoners must pave way for further Releases and a Sustained Ceasefire

Responding to the news that a deal has been agreed to release at least 50 hostages, mostly Israeli women and children, in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian detainees, many of them children, and an initial four-day long humanitarian pause in the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas and other armed groups in the occupied Gaza Strip, Amnesty’s Agnès Callamard made the following statement: “The news that at least 50 hostages held by Hamas and other armed groups and 150 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails will be released will be a welcome relief for all those involved and their…

November 22, 2023

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‘Nowhere safe in Gaza’: Unlawful Israeli strikes illustrate callous disregard for Palestinian lives

Israeli forces have demonstrated – yet again – a chilling indifference to the catastrophic toll on civilians of their ongoing relentless bombardment of the occupied Gaza Strip.

November 20, 2023

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Statement of Support for U.S. Student Groups in the Wake of Escalating Conflict in Gaza and Israel

Amnesty International USA is deeply concerned about increased threats, silencing, and deactivation of school and university groups in the wake of the escalating conflict in Gaza and Israel.

November 17, 2023

TOPSHOT - Palestinians assess the damage caused by Israeli air strikes, in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip, on May 14, 2021. - Israel pounded Gaza and deployed extra troops to the border as Palestinians fired barrages of rockets back, with the death toll in the enclave on the fourth day of conflict climbing to over 100. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

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UNSC Resolution on ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Gaza presents vital opportunity to stop massive suffering

In response to the United Nations Security Council adoption of a resolution calling for urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and the need to address the situation of children in the occupied Gaza Strip, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Agnès Callamard, said: “After four failed resolutions over the last 30 days, the UN Security Council has finally exercised the role and leadership it is mandated to play – the maintenance of peace and security, and the protection of international rule of law.” “While the resolution is not prescriptive in terms of the duration of the humanitarian pauses, it is a much-needed step in the…

November 16, 2023

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' week in Woodside, California on November 15, 2023.
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Amnesty International USA Responds to Biden-Xi Meeting

In response to President Biden’s meeting with President Xi Jinping of China on Wednesday, Carolyn Nash, Asia Advocacy Director, Amnesty International USA, said: “The question isn’t whether Biden talks about human rights with Xi, Jokowi, and other Indo-Pacific leaders. It’s whether he understands and makes clear that no government, including his own, will realize economic, security, or climate progress while denying rights and jeopardizing people’s safety. “The economic relationship between the US and China is impacted by abusive labor practices in Xinjiang and by the unfair competition they create for climate-responsible industries to develop. The climate advances the US can…

November 15, 2023

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Israel/OPT: Another Blackout in Gaza Imminent if Sufficient Fuel is Not Restored

The occupied Gaza Strip will likely plunge into another total communications blackout on Thursday if appropriate fuel supplies are not immediately delivered, which will worsen an already catastrophic humanitarian situation, Amnesty International said today.   Today, Paltel group and Jawwal, two of the largest telecommunication companies in the area, issued a joint statement to report that their main data servers and switches were gradually shutting down due to fuel depletion. The blackout faced by Paltel and Jawwal would not be recoverable until fuel has been restored––as the two largest operators in the area, the consequences of this would be devastating.  Israel…

November 15, 2023

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Pakistan: Halt mass detentions and deportations of Afghan refugees

The Government of Pakistan must immediately halt the continued detentions, deportations and widespread harassment of Afghan refugees, said Amnesty International today. “Thousands of Afghan refugees are being used as political pawns to be returned to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan where their life and physical integrity could be at risk amidst an intensified crackdown on human rights and an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe. No one should be subjected to mass forced deportations, and Pakistan would do well to remember its international legal obligations, including the principle of non-refoulement,” said Livia Saccardi, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns for South Asia. “If the Pakistani…

November 13, 2023