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September 24, 2017 • Press Release

Muslim Ban Revision Risks More Suffering

Following a revision of President Trump’s travel ban to now include restrictions on travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, Naureen Shah, senior campaigns director for Amnesty International USA, released the following statement: “Since this ban was implemented 10 months ago, we’ve seen families torn apart and whole nations of … Continued

September 21, 2017 • Press Release

Trump Administration Should Not Gut Drone Protections

CONTACT: Mandy Simon, [email protected] NEW YORK – Following reports that the Trump administration is seeking to change U.S. government policy on the use of lethal force outside of armed conflicts, Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs for Amnesty International USA, issued the following statement: “The policies that guide the United States’ use of lethal force and … Continued

September 21, 2017 • Press Release

Yemen: US-made bomb kills and maims children in deadly strike on residential homes

The bomb that destroyed a residential building in Yemen's capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more - including five-year-old Buthaina whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike - was made in the USA, Amnesty International reveals today.

September 21, 2017 • Press Release

Iraq: Flawed Security Council resolution on IS threatens to entrench dangerous culture of impunity

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution passed today aimed at holding the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) accountable for war crimes and human rights abuses in Iraq falls short of what is needed to stamp out a dangerous culture of impunity and could fuel further abuses, said Amnesty International.

September 21, 2017 • Press Release

Cameroon: Human rights groups demand release of students sentenced to 10 years over Boko Haram joke text

Authorities in Cameroon should drop all charges and release three students each sentenced to 10 years in prison for sharing a joke via SMS about Boko Haram, Amnesty International, the Réseau des défenseurs des droits humains en Afrique centrale (REDHAC) and Nouveaux droits de l’homme (NDH) Cameroun said today.

September 20, 2017 • Press Release

‘Give a Home’: Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds to host massive day of concerts in support of refugees

On September 20, 2017 Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds will be holding more than 300 concerts around the world for Give a Home, in which 1,000 artists will perform intimate shows in people’s homes in support of refugee rights.

September 19, 2017 • Press Release

Trump Callous Approach to Refugees Will Cost Lives

CONTACT: Mandy Simon, [email protected] NEW YORK – Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s remarks on refugees today at the United Nations General Assembly, Amnesty International USA called on the U.S. to do more, not less to address the global refugee crisis. Currently, more than half of the world’s 22.5 million refugees are hosted by just 10 countries — all in … Continued

September 19, 2017 • Press Release

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi burying her head in the sand about Rakhine horrors

Reacting to today’s speech by Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader, on the crisis in Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

September 18, 2017 • Press Release

UN: Myanmar Rohingya exodus exposes abject failure of world leaders to deliver solution to refugee crisis

As almost 400,000 refugees flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, world leaders meeting at the UN General Assembly should hang their heads in shame that they have not only failed to make good on their promises to take in more refugees, but have actively dismantled refugee rights in many parts of the world.

September 15, 2017 • Press Release

St. Louis Police Urged to Exercise Restraint and Protect Peaceful Protesters

Following the verdict in the trial of St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, Amnesty International USA urged police to exercise restraint regarding those who wish to exercise their right to peacefully protest.

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How to Preserve Your Right to Protest

Teen Vogue
Teen Vogue’s Civil Discourse 101 features Amnesty International USA staff members, who answer questions from young activists as part of its #Right2Protest series.

'I Just Knew To Run To Save My Life': Nearly 125,000 Rohingya Flee Myanmar

NPR

In a span of less than two weeks, rampant violence has driven nearly 125,000 members of a Muslim ethnic minority from their homeland. And as the Rohingya cross the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh, they have borne little but the clothes on their backs and their brutal stories of the systematic rape, murder and arson they escaped.

8 Immigration Horror Stories from Trump's Radicalized and Empowered ICE Agency

AlterNet

In February, ICE agents forcibly removed Sara Beltrán Hernández from a Texas hospital where she was being treated for a brain tumor and returned her to one of its facilities.

Has the U.S. Air War Killed 685 Civilians—or More Than 5,200?

Daily Beast

Months after the fact, the U.S. coalition has admitted to accidentally killing nearly 40 civilians in the fierce final battle for Mosul. Human rights activists insist the figures are much, much higher.

How many civilian lives are acceptable as collateral damage in Iraq and Syria?

Think Progress

While an aggressive campaign of airstrikes and shelling might free these towns from ISIS rule, a key question remains: how to mitigate the inevitable human toll civilian residents and deal a lasting blow to ISIS.

Brazilians dislocated by Rio Olympics try to rebuild lives and communities

Miami Herald

This small waterfront community used to be lined with coconut palms and fruit trees. There were 11 streets with names such as Pit Stop and Piquet that referenced a nearby Formula One racetrack, corner grocery stores, beauty salons, bars, auto repair shops, and the sounds of bustling street life.

The decision to cut aid to Egypt was historic. Now the hard work begins.

Washington Post

The announcement this week that the United States will cut $95.7 million in aid to Egypt and delay another $195 million because it had failed to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms was stunning.

3-Year-Old Released From Immigrant Detention After Spending Half His Life Locked Up

Huffington Post

A 3-year-old Honduran boy was released from immigrant detention on Monday after spending more than 21 months locked up ― 10 of them after he’d been granted a status that allows him to stay in the United States.

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