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July 18, 2019 • Press Release

Refugee Admissions Numbers are a New and Shameful Low

Responding to reports that some in the Trump Administration are considering lowering the number of refugees to be admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to zero for the coming fiscal year, Ryan Mace, the grassroots advocacy and refugee specialist for Amnesty International USA, said: “The United States used to be a leader in providing …

July 17, 2019 • Report

No Home for Children: US Government Detention of Children at Homestead Facility Cruel and Unlawful

The Homestead facility housing children who traveled alone to the United States must be shut down as quickly as possible, a new Amnesty International USA report finds, and children should immediately be placed in licensed, small-size shelters and released to appropriate sponsors. The unlawful conditions at this facility are a direct result of US government policies designed to punish rather than protect people trying to rebuild their lives.

July 17, 2019 • Press Release

Google Must Fully Commit to Never Censor Search in China

Google must now go one step further and commit to never aid China’s large-scale censorship and surveillance. The company’s past evasiveness on this issue leaves the door open to future abuses. CEO Sundar Pichai should make a definitive statement that it will not engage in any project in China that undermines human rights full stop.

July 15, 2019 • Press Release

New Asylum Rule Could Leave Families and Individuals Vulnerable to Grave Harm

The US government published a new interim rule that would prevent anyone at the US southern border who has traveled through another country on the way to the United States from seeking asylum here. This new rule would prevent anyone other than people from Mexico or Canada from seeking asylum in the United States.

July 15, 2019 • Press Release

10 Years Since the Killing of Chechen Human Rights Defender Natalia Estemirova, No Justice in Sight

On the tenth anniversary of the murder of prominent Chechen human rights defender Natalia Estemirova, Amnesty International and 12 international and Russian human rights groups are calling on the Russian authorities to fulfill their long-overdue obligation to effectively investigate this horrendous crime and bring the perpetrators to justice in fair trials. “The courage and selflessness …

July 11, 2019 • Press Release

Criminalization of Sex Between Men in Military in South Korea Fuels Violence, Abuse and Discrimination

Gay and trans soldiers in South Korea face violence, harassment and pervasive discrimination due to the criminalization of consensual sex between men in the military, Amnesty International said as it released a new report outlining why this unjust law must be abolished.

July 11, 2019 • Press Release

ICE Raids Encourage Hate and Discrimination Toward Immigrants and Communities of Color

Responding to the announcement of thousands of raids planned for Sunday by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Charanya Krishnaswami, the Advocacy Director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA said: “This announcement is an extension of President Trump’s relentless hostility to immigrants. It serves to encourage hate and discrimination toward immigrants and communities of …

July 11, 2019 • Report

Scars of Survival: Gun Violence and Barriers to Reparation in the USA

Survivors of gun violence in the USA suffer years of trauma and pain due to a destructive combination of government policies which ignore their needs, Amnesty International said today as it released new research into the experiences of gunshot survivors. Describing gun violence in the USA as a “human rights crisis”, Scars of Survival: Gun …

July 9, 2019 • Press Release

TripAdvisor Staff Urged to Speak Out Against Firm’s Role in Sustaining Illegal Israeli Settlements

Amnesty International has called on TripAdvisor employees to use their power to demand that their company stops profiting from war crimes by listing tourist attractions and properties in illegal Israeli settlements across the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

July 9, 2019 • Press Release

Same-Sex Marriage to be Legalized in Northern Ireland and UK Must Legislate on Ending Abortion Ban

Today marks huge progress for the rights of Northern Irish citizens, said Amnesty International, as MPs voted through amendments to the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill which will see same-sex marriage legalized, while the UK Government is forced to legislate for abortion reform, including decriminalization.

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