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May 26, 2020 • Press Release

Contact tracing app security flaw exposed sensitive personal details of more than one million

Serious security vulnerabilities in Qatar’s mandatory contact tracing app, uncovered by Amnesty International, must act as a wake-up call for governments rolling-out COVID-19 apps to ensure privacy safeguards are central to the technology. An investigation by Amnesty’s Security Lab discovered the critical weakness in the configuration of Qatar’s EHTERAZ contact tracing app. Now fixed, the …

May 26, 2020 • Press Release

Minneapolis police officer must be held accountable for use of deadly force

No person should ever wake up wondering if that day will be the day that a police officer ends their life, yet people of color, particularly black people, across the country live with that painful and traumatic reality.

May 22, 2020 • Press Release

New hearing confirms ICE chooses family separation over family unity

In the midst of a global pandemic, ICE has a choice to either let families stay together and free or to keep them shut in despite dangerous and life-threatening conditions. ICE has chosen again and again to make an unconscionable choice.

May 22, 2020 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Joins Senate Push for Gun Violence Prevention Funding in COVID-19 Stimulus, Calls for Passage of Break the Cycle of Violence Act

Today, Senators Tammy Duckworth and Corey Booker, along with 18 other Senators released a letter to U.S. Senate leadership building on Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) research to call for increased funding in support of communities affected by gun violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes on the heels of an AIUSA letter sent earlier this week to Senators calling for increasing funding for vital community programs that work to prevent gun violence, along with the release of people in immigration detention at risk for COVID-19.

May 19, 2020 • Press Release

Media briefing on family separation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Family residential centers that are detaining families throughout the United States are now weaponizing the public health response to COVID-19 to punish and deter people seeking safety, much as they have previously done with the “zero tolerance” family separation policy, Amnesty International USA and immigration advocates will discuss, in a new media briefing.

May 19, 2020 • Press Release

Hungary’s decision to strip trans people of the right to legal gender recognition is “step back into the dark ages”

Everyone’s gender identity should be legally recognized and everyone must be allowed to change their legal name and gender markers on all official documents

May 19, 2020 • Press Release

Countries are failing to protect rights of health workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic

The cost of curing: Health workers’ rights in the Americas during COVID-19 and beyond documents how those on the forefront of the pandemic are often working in unsafe conditions with insufficient protective equipment and risk reprisals from authorities or employers if they speak out, while some have even suffered death threats and physical attacks. The report also calls on governments to ensure safe working conditions for cleaners and other support staff who are at risk due to their work in healthcare facilities and nursing homes.

May 18, 2020 • Press Release

Missouri plans to execute Walter Barton, as he maintains his innocence

The planned execution of Walter Barton demonstrates why the death penalty is far too flawed to ever fix. Barton maintains his innocence after it took five trials which lasted over a decade to convict and sentence him. He faces execution despite the existence of expert opinion and evidence, never heard by a trial jury, which counters key elements that led to his conviction. This is not justice, it is cruelty.

May 15, 2020 • Press Release

Immigrant rights groups call on governors, health officials to release people in immigration detention

We are coming together to amplify pressure on ICE to act. As states address the public health and humanitarian challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are urging governors to use their public health authority to press ICE and federal immigration detention facilities and county and local jails and prisons to immediately and substantially reduce occupancy in facilities detaining immigrants and asylum-seekers. We hope that they will hear us and act swiftly to save lives.

May 15, 2020 • Press Release

Israeli court sets hearing seeking to lift travel ban on Amnesty campaigner

Laith Abu Zeyad, Amnesty International’s campaigner on Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), a Palestinian living in the occupied West Bank, has been barred from traveling abroad by the Israeli authorities since October 2019, for undisclosed “security reasons”. Amnesty International’s previous attempts to repeal the ban through administrative channels have been rejected.

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