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On Thursday 26 April, Amnesty International raised a billboard at the San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE) on the US–Mexico border in Tijuana, with a message reminding US and Mexican authorities of their obligations to facilitate asylum claims and to respect the universal human right of all people to seek asylum in other countries. The … Continued
Ahead of the April 30 deadline for the Defense Department to comment on President Trump’s January order to allow the prison at Guantanamo Bay to remain open, Daphne Eviatar, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA stated: “Each day that this administration keeps the prison at Guantanamo open is an affront to … Continued
US and Mexican authorities must stop demonizing participants of the caravan from Central America and respect their fundamental right to seek asylum, said Amnesty International today, ahead of their expected arrival at the border between both countries later this week. “Seeking asylum is not a crime in the USA or anywhere. The efforts of US … Continued
At least 2,000 Afghans who fled to Turkey to escape conflict and the worst excesses of the Taliban are in detention and at imminent risk of being forced back to danger, Amnesty International said today. The Turkish authorities appear to be ramping up a deportation spree that has seen 7,100 Afghans rounded up and returned to … Continued
Malagasy authorities must ensure a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the killing of two demonstrators in Antananarivo and perpetrators must be brought to book, Amnesty International said today. The investigation’s report should be made public. Members of the security forces present at the scene and suspected to be responsible should be suspended pending the … Continued
Responding to the passing of an asylum and immigration bill that will tighten asylum rules, Cécile Coudriou, President of Amnesty International France, declares: “This bill, and the discussions around its text, fails to address the difficulties faced by migrants and asylum seekers in France and the need to fully respect their rights. Those drafting this bill missed … Continued
Athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick has been honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, the human rights organization announced today.
Previous assertions from State Department officials, and reports of directives to remove passages on issues like reproductive rights and discrimination indicate that the department’s annual assessment of human rights around the world will downplay vital reports of violations. Joanne Lin, national director of advocacy and governmental relations at Amnesty International USA, issued this statement: “From … Continued
Responding to Google’s launch of a new messaging service for Android phones, Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights researcher Joe Westby said: “With its baffling decision to launch a messaging service without end-to-end encryption, Google has shown utter contempt for the privacy of Android users and handed a precious gift to cybercriminals and government spies … Continued
Rather than be sent to a third country where he may face torture, a U.S. citizen held in for seven months in Iraq as a suspected fighter for the Islamic State must be either formally charged and given a fair trial in U.S. courts, or released if no charges are forthcoming, said Amnesty International today … Continued
Online bullying and harassment is a problem that all social media platforms have to grapple with. But since the 2016 election and the #MeToo movement, bullying and harassment have become particularly toxic on Twitter, and it’s been harder for higher ups at the company to simply ignore, as they have largely seemed to do for years. If you’re anything other than a white supremacist male, famous or not, you already know that Twitter has a troll problem. So what are some things Twitter can do to stop harassment of women and other marginalized groups of people on its platform?
The Daily Tar Heel
Activist Kimberly Davis came to UNC’s campus Monday night to speak about her family’s long struggle to prove the innocence of her brother, who was executed by the state of Georgia in 2011.
The Baton Rouge police officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling during an 2016 encounter outside a convenience store has been fired, the department announced Friday evening alongside the release of several graphic videos from the encounter.
Brit + Co
On February 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The attack elicited a nationwide response and jumpstarted activists from all over the country who began organizing marches, vigils, and protests to end gun violence. Celebrities, politicians, and other people in positions of power spoke out against the dangerous influence of the NRA using various social media outlets. Large media networks like CNN facilitated and broadcasted town hall meetings between the survivors of the shooting, their elected officials and members of the NRA in order to hold them accountable for their lack of response on the matter.