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April 3, 2020 • Press Release

Workshop For Media Will Examine Gun Violence During The COVID-19 Pandemic

  As part of an ongoing series of workshops exploring human rights concerns related to the COVID-19 response, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) will be holding its third workshop titled “Gun Violence In the Age of COVID-19” on Thursday, April 9th, at 1:30pm EST. The workshop will address the gun violence risks posed by increased gun …

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Governments Must Halt Dangerous and Discriminatory Detention of Migrants and Asylum Seekers

Authorities in a number of countries across the Americas, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Curaçao, and Trinidad and Tobago, among others, are detaining migrants and asylum seekers in a dangerous and discriminatory manner based solely on their migration status, Amnesty International said today. In doing so, they are pushing people into unhygienic and unsafe environments, contrary to international human rights and public health guidelines.

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Authorities in Tunisia Should Reduce Number of Detainees During COVID-19 Crisis

The Tunisian authorities must urgently consider reducing the number of people detained for breaching emergency health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International warned today.

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Proposed Emergency Powers in Cambodia Would Obliterate Human Rights

The Cambodian authorities must urgently withdraw or substantially redraft the egregious State of Emergency Law which poses a grave threat to human rights in Cambodia, said Amnesty International today.

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Digital surveillance to fight COVID-19 can only be justified if it respects human rights

With governments across the world rapidly expanding the use of digital surveillance in an attempt to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International and other leading NGOs have set out strict conditions that must be met to safeguard human rights and prevent surveillance overreach. More than 100 civil society groups joined Amnesty in signing the statement, including …

April 2, 2020 • Press Release

Shoot-to-kill Order by the President Alarming, Oppressive Approach to Pandemic in the Philippines

Responding to orders from President Duterte to police, military officials and barangay officials to shoot ‘troublemakers’ protesting during community quarantine, reports of further arrests for breaches of quarantine and news that 21 residents of a village in Quezon City were arrested after demanding relief from the local government in light of the community quarantine, Philippine Section Director, Butch Olano, said:

April 1, 2020 • Report

Amnesty International Highlights Human Rights Priorities for Country Responses to COVID-19 

Amnesty International has published recommendations today for countries in Europe, urging them to ensure that their responses to COVID-19 are in line with their international and regional human rights obligations.

April 1, 2020 • Press Release

Authorities In Chile Must Guarantee The Health Of The Prison Population Against COVID-19

Chilean authorities must speed up the implementation of measures to reduce prison overcrowding and provide all essential services to prevent cases of COVID-19 in the country's prisons, Amnesty International said today in an open letter to the Chilean authorities.

April 1, 2020 • Press Release

COVID-19 Response in Canada Needs Human Rights Oversight

Amnesty International is urging governments across Canada to establish oversight committees tasked with monitoring the human rights impact of decisions, policies and laws adopted to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 1, 2020 • Press Release

U.S. military pledges to report publicly on civilian casualties in Somalia

Reacting to a statement from US Africa Command (AFRICOM) pledging to begin, by the end of April, public reporting on civilian casualties resulting from its military operations in Somalia, Libya and elsewhere in Africa, Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, said: “This is a welcome, though long overdue, step towards providing truth and …

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