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August 21, 2017 • Report

USA: Florida set to conduct its first execution in a year and a half

Ahead of a planned resumption of executions in Florida on 24 August, 18 months after the last one, Amnesty International is issuing a paper on recent developments relating to the death penalty in the US state.

August 17, 2017 • Press Release

Last Two of Four Families Ordered Released from Berks Immigration Center

Four-year old Carlos* and 16-year old Michael* were ordered released from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania today after having their cases heard by an immigration judge.

August 16, 2017 • Press Release

Marcellus Williams Faces Execution Despite Doubts about Conviction

The state of Missouri is scheduled to execute Marcellus Williams on August 22 despite a lack of solid evidence used to secure his conviction and a new report from a DNA expert that his lawyers argue supports his claim to innocence.

August 16, 2017 • Press Release

Philippines: 32 killed in a day as Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ hits new levels of barbarity

After Philippine police killed 32 people in what is believed to be the highest death toll in a single day in President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "war on drugs", Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez, said:

August 15, 2017 • Press Release

Thailand: Activist Sentenced for Posting Article to Facebook

Reacting to the guilty verdict against pro-democracy activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa (“Pai Dao Din”), who was today sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for violating Thailand’s lèse-majesté law outlawing criticism of the royal family after sharing a BBC article on Facebook.

August 15, 2017 • Press Release

At least 60 killed as police shootings of drug suspects skyrocket in Indonesia

The number of police killings of suspected drug dealers has skyrocketed in Indonesia this year, an alarming rise which signals that authorities could be looking to emulate the murderous “war on drugs” in neighboring Philippines, Amnesty International said today.

August 15, 2017 • Press Release

Attempts to shut down human rights groups in Kenya is unlawful and irresponsible

Responding to attempts by Kenya’s NGO regulator to shut down two human rights organizations – the Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the African Centre for Open Governance (AfriCoG), Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes made the following statement.

August 14, 2017 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Response to Trump’s Remarks on Hate Groups

In response to President Trump’s comments on the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists following this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville — Amnesty International USA Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Membership, Njambi Good, issued the following statement:

August 14, 2017 • Press Release

Family Fleeing Violence Ordered Released from Berks Immigration Center

Eight-year old Antonio* was ordered released with his mother from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania today after being granted bond by an immigration judge. He and his 24-year-old mother Marlene fled kidnapping threats and severe physical and sexual assault before arriving in the U.S. seeking asylum. They have been held at Berks for over 23 months.

August 12, 2017 • Press Release

Trump Must Condemn Racial and Ethnic Hatred

CONTACT: Mandy Simon, [email protected] NEW YORK – In response to today’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Amnesty International USA Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Membership, Njambi Good, issued the following statement: “The authorities must act to deescalate tensions in Charlottesville and take immediate steps to counter hate against people of color, immigrants, refugees, Jews, Muslims … Continued


Italy to deploy naval ships to Libya as migration crisis grows

Italy will deploy two military ships to Libya in an effort to deter illegal migration and human smuggling into Europe, the Italian government announced Wednesday.

Opposition activists arrested as Venezuelan crisis worsens

Think Progress
Two opposition leaders were taken from their homes by security forces following a controversial vote — mere hours after the United States slapped the country with sanctions directly targeting President Nicolás Maduro.

VPNs Banned in Russia

U.S. News
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Sunday a ban that restricts the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymizers, which allow people to surf the web and access websites anonymously.

Pentagon Denies Knowledge of Cameroon Base Abuses -- Despite Being Aware of Reports of Torture

The Intercept
“To date, U.S. Africa Command has not received any reports of human rights abuses by Cameroonian forces at either of these locations.” This was the boilerplate from U.S. Africa Command.

LGBT Advocates of Color Say Fight Continues Under Trump

New York Observer

Organizers weigh in on the impact of the Trump presidency

White House says Trump was kidding about police mistreating suspects, but cops say ‘it doesn’t matter if he was joking’

Washington Post
Law enforcement officials continue to sharply criticize President Trump for his comments last week suggesting that officers should not “be too nice” with suspects in police custody.

Trump Follows Russia's Lead on LGBT Hostility

The Trump administration has made no pretense about its hostility to human rights since Donald Trump took office in January. Last week, in the span of a few hours, it administered a particularly nasty one-two punch against the LGBT community in particular.

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