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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
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:
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.
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.
On September 20, Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds will join forces to produce Give a Home, a huge global refugee concert series that will consist of 300 shows in 60 countries with top musicians from wide-ranging genres including pop, country, reggae, jazz and electronic dance music – many of whom will perform alongside refugee musicians.
Amnesty International can reveal new evidence pointing to a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign across northern Rakhine State, where Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs are burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting people at random as they try to flee.
Amnesty International USA announced today that Aniket Shah has been elected Chair of its Board of Directors. Shah has been a leader in the organization for more than 15 years, first as a student activist and most recently as the Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Shah is a leading authority on global sustainable development, working in leadership positions with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Investec Asset Management, and previously with the Earth Institute.
Responding to reports that the White House may drastically reduce the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 40,000 next year, Amnesty International USA is calling on the administration to set the annual refugee cap at 75,000. The U.S. refugee program has long enjoyed bipartisan support, Amnesty also noted, with former President George H.W. Bush admitting more than 100,000 refugees during every year of his presidency.
The sentence of a U.S. national facing execution after unfair legal proceedings in Saudi Arabia must be rescinded and a new, fair trial must be held in accordance with international human rights standards and without recourse to the death penalty, Amnesty International has said.
The Peruvian government is neglecting the health of hundreds of Indigenous people whose only sources of water are contaminated by toxic metals and who lack access to adequate health care, Amnesty International said in a new investigation published today.
Teen Vogue’s Civil Discourse 101 features Amnesty International USA staff members, who answer questions from young activists as part of its #Right2Protest series.
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.
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.
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.