An Open Letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Amnesty International USA Appropriations Priorities for Fiscal Year 2019 – International Affairs Budget

5/22/2018

In advance of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings this week on the State Department’s Budget request, Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, Margaret Huang, sent an open letter to Secretary Pompeo urging him to ensure that the U.S. Government advocates for the fundamental human rights of all, throughout the world, and that our budget reflects that priority.

In the letter she urged that Secretary Pompeo use his power as Secretary to “speak out for human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience, protect the vital importance of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (“USRAP”), re-open the offices within the State Department (“DOS”) specifically dedicated to transferring detainees that have been cleared by national security agencies for transfer out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, prioritize the programs that defend the rights of women and girls, and ensure humanitarian crises have a robust response from the entire international community.”

Sections within letter:

  1. Support Robust Funding for Humanitarian Accounts
  2. Support Humanitarian Aid for Rohingya in Myanmar
  3. Guantanamo Bay Detention Center Detainees Cleared for Release
  4. Human Rights Defenders
  5. Support for Critical Roles at the Department of State

For more information, please contact Ryan Mace, Grassroots Advocacy and Refugee Specialist at Amnesty International USA at [email protected]g