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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

Court in Israel Decides to Hear Case Against NSO Behind Closed Doors

Responding to a decision by Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday to close the doors of the hearing of a legal action seeking to revoke the export license of spyware firm NSO Group, Danna Ingleton, Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech, said:

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 …

January 16, 2020 • Press Release

Arbitrary Arrests and Beatings of Protesters in Lebanon Must Immediately End

The Lebanese Internal Security Forces, including anti-riot police, used excessive and unlawful force against protesters on the nights of January 14 and 15, subjecting scores of protesters to brutal beatings and carrying out waves of arbitrary arrests of many peaceful protesters after two nights of clashes with a minority of protesters.

January 15, 2020 • Press Release

Scores Injured as Security Forces Use Unlawful Force to Crush Protests in Iran

Verified video footage, photographs and testimonies from victims and eyewitnesses on the ground obtained by Amnesty International, confirm that Iranian security forces used unlawful force against peaceful protesters who gathered across Iran following the authorities’ admission that they had shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane on January 8.

January 14, 2020 • Press Release

Stop NSO Group Exporting Spyware to Human Rights Abusers in Israel

Israel must revoke the export license of NSO Group whose spyware products have been used in malicious attacks on human rights activists around the world, Amnesty International said ahead of the latest court case to embroil the tech firm.

January 13, 2020 • Press Release

Delays in ‘Red Berets’ Trial Prolongs Suffering of Victims’ Families in Mali

A Malian court’s last-minute postponement of a former junta leader’s trial is a blow to the families of 21 soldiers whose bodies were discovered in a mass grave in 2012 after they were forcibly disappeared, Amnesty International said today.

January 13, 2020 • Press Release

Why Amnesty Will Not Attend Sham C20 Meetings in Saudi Arabia

The global C20 civil society forum hosted this year by Saudi Arabia is a farcical attempt by the new G20 hosts to whitewash their dire human rights record, Amnesty International said.

December 23, 2019 • Press Release

Khashoggi verdict in Saudi Arabia a whitewash

Responding to a Saudi Arabian court’s sentencing of five people to death and three others to prison for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director, said: “This verdict is a whitewash which brings neither justice nor the truth for Jamal Khashoggi and his loved ones. The trial has …

December 20, 2019 • Press Release

ICC Investigation Into War Crimes in Occupied Palestinian Territories a ‘Historic Step Towards Justice’

Responding to today’s announcement from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, that her office’s preliminary examination into the “Situation in Palestine” has concluded that war crimes have been committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome Statute for the opening of an investigation have been met,” Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, said:

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