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July 9, 2019 • Press Release

Virginia Lawmakers Turn Their Backs on Virginians Senselessly Killed

Responding to a special session of the General Assembly on a package of gun violence prevention bills in the wake of a mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Ernest Coverson, the End Gun Violence Campaign Manager, at Amnesty International USA said: “It is an embarrassment to this state that Virginia lawmakers would turn their backs on …

July 9, 2019 • Press Release

Taliban bombings in Afghanistan chillingly disregard human life

The Taliban’s killing of civilians through a continuous spate of bombings demonstrates the armed group’s chilling disregard for human lives, Amnesty International said today.

July 8, 2019 • Press Release

Trump Administration Commission on Unalienable Rights Politicizes Human Rights for Hate

Reacting to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement today of a creation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, Joanne Lin, national director of advocacy and government affairs at Amnesty International USA said: “This administration has actively worked to deny and take away long-standing human rights protections since Trump’s inauguration. If this administration truly wanted …

July 3, 2019 • Press Release

Abhorrent attack on migrant detention center in Libya must be investigated as a war crime

The International Criminal Court must order an urgent investigation into an abhorrent attack on the Tajoura immigration detention center in eastern Tripoli, Libya, in which at least 40 refugees and migrants were killed and more than 80 injured, said Amnesty International. “This deadly attack which struck a detention center where at least 600 refugees and …

July 3, 2019 • Report

Georgia/Russia: Post-conflict boundary splits communities, leaving thousands in limbo

Russia’s and the de facto authorities’ attempts to physically demarcate a boundary between the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia/Tskhinvali Region and the rest of Georgia have led to severe restrictions on freedom of movement and other human rights violations, with families separated by barbed wire, cut off their livelihoods and at risk of arbitrary detention if they try to cross, Amnesty International said in a new report today.

July 2, 2019 • Press Release

UN arms embargo violations put Tripoli’s 1.2 million civilians in grave danger

The lives and security of Tripoli’s 1.2 million civilians hang in the balance as warring parties use a range of sophisticated weapons imported into Libya in contravention of a UN arms embargo, Amnesty International said today as it released a new video marking three months since the battle began. The escalating violence since April 4, has …

July 2, 2019 • Press Release

Egypt: Series of draconian laws ‘legalizes’ unprecedented repression six years since fall of Morsi

The Egyptian authorities are attempting to normalize human rights violations by passing a series of laws to “legalize” their escalating crackdown on freedom of expression, association and assembly, said Amnesty International, six years since recently deceased former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power on 3 July 2013.

July 2, 2019 • Report

‘Saving lives is not a crime’: Politically motivated legal harassment of migrant human rights defenders by the USA

Since 2018, the US government has conducted an unlawful and discriminatory campaign of intimidation, threats, harassment, and criminal investigations against people who defend the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on the US–Mexico border, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. ‘Saving lives is not a crime’: Politically motivated legal harassment …

June 25, 2019 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Statement on Resignation of Acting CBP Chief

The following can be attributed to Charanya Krishnaswami, advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA: “Children should never be held in detention at all, let alone in the appalling conditions that were detailed in reports this weekend from a Texas border patrol station. Today’s announcement that the chief of Customs and Border Protection …

June 21, 2019 • Press Release

Hong Kong: Evidence of police violence against protesters verified

Hong Kong police must end the unlawful use of force against peaceful protesters who have once again taken to the streets on Friday, Amnesty International said, as it published details of verified instances of unnecessary and excessive use of force by police on 12 June.

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