SYRIA: Security Council must ensure civilians in Eastern Ghouta get immediate humanitarian assistance

Responding to the news that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) finally voted today on a much-delayed resolution calling for humanitarian aid into Eastern Ghouta and a partial ceasefire, Sherine Tadros, Head of Amnesty International’s UN Office said: “It shouldn’t require a Security Council resolution or a ceasefire for starving civilians to be allowed life-saving … Continued

Hundreds of Activists Urge Congress to Act on Human Rights

Next Monday, hundreds of Amnesty members and supporters will meet with members of Congress to speak out for refugees, humanitarian aid, and the importance of fighting for human rights around the world. Over 300 people from 40 states across the country are set to participate in delegations for Amnesty’s first national lobby day in over a decade.

State Department Must Not Neglect Women’s Rights

According to reports, the human rights bureau at the Department of State has received a directive to remove passages on women’s reproductive rights and discrimination from its annual report on global human rights. Tarah Demant, director of gender, sexuality, and identity at Amnesty International USA, issued the following statement:

Syria: Relentless bombing of civilians in Eastern Ghouta amounts to war crimes

Responding to the news of the escalating bombing campaign by the Syrian government and its ally Russia in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside which has left scores dead and hundreds injured in the past month, Amnesty International’s Diana Semaan, Syria researcher, said:

As USS Cole Trial Shuts Down, Amnesty Calls to End All Military Commissions

The Guantánamo military judge handling the case of the alleged USS Cole bomber halted the trial following months of failed attempts to get three civilian defense attorneys who resigned from the case last year to return. Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights Director, Daphne Eviatar, issued the following statement: “The military commissions at Guantánamo … Continued

Turkey: A dark day for press freedom and for justice as journalists sentenced to life

Following the aggravated life sentences handed down to six defendants, including Nazlı Ilıcak, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan, for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”, Gauri van Gulik, Europe Director for Amnesty International, said.

El Salvador: Release of woman jailed for stillbirth must signal end of total abortion ban

The release of a woman forced to spend a decade behind bars in El Salvador after having pregnancy-related complications resulting in stillbirth must open the door for an end to the country’s extreme anti-abortion law, said Amnesty International. Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was freed on Thursday after a court reduced her sentence, but at least … Continued

Amnesty International USA Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

The following statement can be attributed to Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA: “While our thoughts are with the victims, survivors and families of this senseless attack, we know that is not enough. Our leaders must take action to protect people from gun violence. When people can’t go to school, or to work, or to … Continued

Indonesia: Police must protect – not attack – transgender women living under threat in Aceh

Indonesian authorities are completely failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, Amnesty International Indonesia said today.

Egypt: Cluster bomb video highlights human rights concerns in North Sinai

The Egyptian military’s use of cluster bombs must cease immediately, Amnesty international said today, following the military’s release of an official video showing cluster bombs as part of their recent operations in North Sinai.