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September 19, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty Urges Accountability for Hurricane Maria With Projections Onto Trump Hotel, FEMA

On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Amnesty International is urging accountability from the Trump Administration for its negligence in preparing and responding to Hurricane Maria, with visuals projected onto the Trump Hotel in Washington DC, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Amnesty International’s new Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo, who is …

September 18, 2018 • Report

South Sudan: Government troops and militias given free rein to commit new atrocities

The staggering brutality of a recent military offensive in South Sudan – including murder of civilians, systematic rape of women and girls and massive looting and destruction – was fuelled by the authorities’ failure to prosecute or remove suspected war criminals, Amnesty International said in a new report today. ‘Anything that was breathing was killed’: War crimes in …

September 17, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Calls New Refugee Cap Abandonment of Refugees, Calling on Congress to Oppose

Reacting to news that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to set the refugee admissions number to 30,000 for Fiscal year 2019, Ryan Mace, Grassroots Advocacy and Refugee Specialist at Amnesty International USA said: “The Trump administration is abandoning this country’s promise to refugees. “Today’s announcement demonstrates another undeniable political attack against people who have been forced to …

September 17, 2018 • Press Release

Honduras: Amnesty International to observe trial over killing of human rights defender Berta Cáceres

Amnesty International will observe the trial of eight people accused of the 2016 murder of Honduran human rights defender Berta Cáceres, beginning next Monday, 17 September at the Supreme Court of Justice in Tegucigalpa.

September 14, 2018 • Press Release

Romania: Rights groups submit legal challenge against ‘homophobic’ referendum

A planned referendum to change the definition of family in Romania’s constitution could lead to a breach of international human rights standards and increase homophobic discrimination in the country, said Amnesty International as it joined other rights groups in intervening in a case before the Romanian Constitutional Court. Amnesty International, together with ECSOL (European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law) and …

September 14, 2018 • Press Release

Brazil: Failure to identify Marielle Franco’s killers after six months is unacceptable

The Brazilian authorities’ failure to identify all those responsible for the killing of human rights defender Marielle Franco, six months after she was brutally shot dead, raises concerns about their commitment to deliver justice for this atrocious crime and ensure a safe environment for human rights defenders in the country, Amnesty International said today. Marielle Franco and her driver …

September 14, 2018 • Press Release

Syria: Unlawful attacks using cluster munitions and unguided barrel bombs intensify as Idlib offensive looms

The Syrian government, backed by Russia, has intensified unlawful attacks on civilians in Idlib using internationally banned cluster munitions and unguided barrel bombs in a prelude to a widely anticipated military offensive, Amnesty International said today.

September 13, 2018 • Press Release

United States / Mexico: Possible deportation fund between USA and Mexico is shameful business

The Trump administration´s intentions to pay the Mexican government millions of dollars to deport irregular migrants is risky business that must not be permitted, said Amnesty International today. This came in response to a New York Times article printed 13 September detailing $20 million dollars of foreign assistance proposed by the Trump administration to US Congress for the deportation of at least 17,000 irregular migrants by the Mexican government.

September 13, 2018 • Press Release

A year on from Hurricane Maria, new evidence shows how Puerto Ricans were denied essential water

Amnesty International is demanding that the Puerto Rican and US federal authorities initiate an independent investigation into the authorities’ response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which cost 2,975 lives. The call comes amid new revelations of a large stockpile of drinking water amassing on the runway of the airport in Ceiba, with no sign …

September 13, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Will Continue Its Fight for New Hampshire to Abolish the Death Penalty

Reacting to news that the New Hampshire state legislature has failed to override the Governor’s veto, which would have ended the death penalty in New Hampshire once and for all, Kristina Roth, Senior Program Officer at Amnesty International USA stated: “The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is a cruel, inhuman …

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