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September 19, 2017 • Press Release

Trump Callous Approach to Refugees Will Cost Lives

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

September 19, 2017 • Press Release

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi burying her head in the sand about Rakhine horrors

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:

September 18, 2017 • Press Release

UN: Myanmar Rohingya exodus exposes abject failure of world leaders to deliver solution to refugee crisis

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.

September 15, 2017 • Press Release

St. Louis Police Urged to Exercise Restraint and Protect Peaceful Protesters

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.

September 14, 2017 • Press Release

Ed Sheeran, Esperanza Spalding, and More Join Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds for Give a Home

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.

September 14, 2017 • Press Release

Myanmar: Scorched-earth campaign fuels ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Rakhine State

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.

September 14, 2017 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Elects Aniket Shah Board Chair, Fills Other Leadership Posts

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.

September 13, 2017 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Responds to Trump Plan to Drastically Decrease Refugee Admissions

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.

September 13, 2017 • Press Release

U.S. National Faces Execution in Saudi Arabia Despite Unfair Trial

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.

September 13, 2017 • Report

A Toxic State

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.

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How to Preserve Your Right to Protest

Teen Vogue
Teen Vogue’s Civil Discourse 101 features Amnesty International USA staff members, who answer questions from young activists as part of its #Right2Protest series.

'I Just Knew To Run To Save My Life': Nearly 125,000 Rohingya Flee Myanmar

NPR

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.

8 Immigration Horror Stories from Trump's Radicalized and Empowered ICE Agency

AlterNet

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.

Has the U.S. Air War Killed 685 Civilians—or More Than 5,200?

Daily Beast

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.

How many civilian lives are acceptable as collateral damage in Iraq and Syria?

Think Progress

While an aggressive campaign of airstrikes and shelling might free these towns from ISIS rule, a key question remains: how to mitigate the inevitable human toll civilian residents and deal a lasting blow to ISIS.

Brazilians dislocated by Rio Olympics try to rebuild lives and communities

Miami Herald

This small waterfront community used to be lined with coconut palms and fruit trees. There were 11 streets with names such as Pit Stop and Piquet that referenced a nearby Formula One racetrack, corner grocery stores, beauty salons, bars, auto repair shops, and the sounds of bustling street life.

The decision to cut aid to Egypt was historic. Now the hard work begins.

Washington Post

The announcement this week that the United States will cut $95.7 million in aid to Egypt and delay another $195 million because it had failed to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms was stunning.

3-Year-Old Released From Immigrant Detention After Spending Half His Life Locked Up

Huffington Post

A 3-year-old Honduran boy was released from immigrant detention on Monday after spending more than 21 months locked up ― 10 of them after he’d been granted a status that allows him to stay in the United States.

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