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May 27, 2017 • Press Release

Raising U.S. Refugee Quota is Welcome Step

    CONTACT: [email protected] NEW YORK – In response to reports that the State Department is raising the number of refugees accepted into the U.S., Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Margaret Huang, released the following statement: “If true, this is a welcome step back from the Trump administration’s relentless assault on the rights of those fleeing<a href="" class="read-more">Read More...</a>

May 25, 2017 • Press Release

Discriminatory Muslim Ban Again Defeated in Court

Following a ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals blocking President Trump’s revised Muslim ban, Margaret Huang, executive director Amnesty International USA had the following reaction:

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Iraq: Pentagon probe of Mosul airstrike underscores urgent need to protect civilians

As the Pentagon reports on its findings following the investigation into the US-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 100 civilians in West Mosul’s Jadida neighbourhood on 17 March 2017, Samah Hadid Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director of campaigns said:

May 24, 2017 • Press Release

Israel must release Palestinian prisoner of conscience detained without charge or trial

The Israeli authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Qatamesh, a 67-year-old Palestinian academic, writer and political analyst who has been arbitrarily detained under a three-month administrative detention order, said Amnesty International.

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Authorities shut down an Amnesty International press conference in Cameroon

Authorities in Cameroon have shut down an Amnesty International press conference scheduled to take place in Yaoundé this morning. The press conference was calling attention to the case of three students who were sentenced to 10 years in prison for sending a sarcastic text about Boko Haram.

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Taiwan moves closer to marriage equality after milestone court ruling

A landmark ruling by Taiwan’s highest court means it is close to becoming the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, Amnesty International said.

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Iraq: US military admits failures to monitor over $1 billion worth of arms transfers

The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit, obtained by Amnesty International following Freedom of Information requests.

May 23, 2017 • Press Release

Mexico: Fresh evidence of execution by military highlights flawed security strategy

Fresh video evidence, independently verified by Amnesty International, showing men dressed in Mexican military uniforms shooting a person dead during a security operation in central Mexico highlights the urgent need to stop the military from performing policing functions, Amnesty International said today as Mexico debates a bill that would allow the army to act as police.

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Indonesia: Caning of gay men an outrageous act of cruelty

Responding to news that two men have been caned 83 times each for having sex with each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said:

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President Trump’s Budget is a Rejection of Human Rights

In response to President Trump’s federal budget, Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Margaret Huang, released the following statement:


Justice Department not expected to charge police in Alton Sterling death

USA Today
Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang calls for lethal force law reform.

Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in 8 days
Amnesty International USA campaigner James Clark calls for death row sentences to be commuted.

Trump Administration Deports Honduran Mom And Her 5-Year-Old Son

Amnesty International senior director of campaigns, Naureen Shah, explains why deportations put asylum-seekers in danger.

Trump takes a selective approach to the promotion of human rights

Washington Post
Amnesty International marks the first 100 days of President Trump’s presidency with a briefing on 100 ways his administration has threatened human rights.

Immigrant diagnosed with brain tumor released after 15 months in ICE custody

ABC News
Amnesty International spokesperson Eric Ferrero calls for asylum-seekers to be treated with dignity and compassion.

Watch Alicia Keys Proclaim 'The Best Art' Will Come From Civil Rights Activism

Rolling Stone
Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty honors Alicia Key’s contributions to advancing human rights.

Why the Syria Chemical Attack Requires Immediate Action

Teen Vogue
Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang explains why we can’t turn our back on those who need our help.

Sen. Nelson must help put a stop to travel ban

Tallahassee Democrat
Amnesty International USA student area coordinator, Ambar Martin, writes about the importance of Congress repealing President Trump’s travel ban.

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