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November 5, 2018 • Press Release

Washington State Ballot Initiative Would Provide Much-Needed Accountability for Lethal Force by Police

Tomorrow, people in Washington state will be voting on an initiative that would require police officers to receive training in violence de-escalation, mental health, and first aid so that officers will have greater skills to resolve conflict without the use of physical or deadly force. Initiative 940 would require independent investigations when an officer causes serious …

November 5, 2018 • Press Release

On Last Day of Public Comment, Amnesty Urges Administration to Preserve Laws Limiting Detention of Asylum-Seeking Children

Early last month, the Trump administration announced it was seeking new regulations that would effectively terminate the 1997 Flores Agreement, which sets a 20-day limit for all asylum-seeking and migrant children held in detention. This opened a public comment period for two months. That period ends tomorrow, November 6.

November 5, 2018 • Press Release

Cameroon: 70 schoolchildren taken in mass abduction must be freed

Following the abduction of at least 70 schoolchildren in Cameroon’s Anglophone region, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International Deputy regional director for West and Central Africa said: “These appalling abductions show just how general population is paying the highest price as violence escalates in the Anglophone region. “The abduction of schoolchildren and teachers can never be justified. …

November 5, 2018 • Press Release

Arrest warrants for Syrian officials in France an important step towards justice

Responding to the news that French prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for three senior Syrian government and intelligence officials on charges of torture, enforced disappearances, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research Anna Neistat said: “These arrest warrants for three senior officials, including a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, …

November 5, 2018 • Press Release

Legacy of murdered activist must be an end of impunity for attackers in Ukraine

Responding to news that Kateryna Handzyuk, a prominent Ukrainian anti-corruption activist has died from injuries sustained three months ago in an acid attack, Oksana Pokalchuk, Amnesty International’s Ukraine Director, said: “The death of this fearless civil society activist must spur the Ukrainian authorities into providing a credible answer to the question on everyone’s lips: who killed Kateryna Handzyuk? …

November 3, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International Calls on the US and Nigerian Government to Stop Trying to Justify Rights Abuses

In response to the Nigerian Army’s tweets using President Trump’s words to justify the fatal shooting of rock-throwing protestors. and the subsequent issuing of a statement denouncing Amnesty International’s calls for accountability, Amnesty International Nigeria Executive Director Osai Ojigho said: “Basic human rights are not subject to whims of the world’s leaders. Rather than engaging …

November 1, 2018 • Press Release

Relentless harassment, intimidation and censorship of journalists must end in Sudan

Sudanese authorities have this year been unrelenting in their quest to silence independent media by arresting and harassing journalists, and censoring both print and broadcast media, Amnesty International said today. The organization documented the arrest and detention of at least 15 journalists between January and October 2018 by the government’s National Intelligence and Security Agency …

November 1, 2018 • Press Release

Trump’s cruel plans to block people seeking protection must not stand

In response to President Trump’s plans to implement restrictive policies to limit the rights of migrants, refugees, and people seeking asylum from Central America, Amnesty International´s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo issued this statement:

November 1, 2018 • Press Release

‘Dangerous’ plans for homophobic taskforce must be abandoned immediately in Tanzania

Following the announcement of plans to form a government taskforce which will begin hunting down and arresting people who are, or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) next week, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes said: “It is extremely regrettable that …

October 31, 2018 • Press Release

As Trump Weighs Indefinite Family Detention, Asylum-Seeking Children and Parents Continue to Languish in Limbo

While Trump’s proposal to detain asylum-seeking and migrant families indefinitely remains open to public comment for the next week, families who have already been detained for longer than the 20-day maximum endure painful separations and terrifying uncertainty while they remain in limbo.

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