UN Security Council: End disgraceful inaction on Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis

Japan should use its United Nations Security Council presidency to end three and a half months of deadlock in the face of ongoing crimes against humanity targeting the Rohingya in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today.

Honduras: Government deploys dangerous and illegal tactics to silence population

The Honduran government is deploying dangerous and illegal tactics to silence any dissenting voices in the aftermath of one of the country’s worst political crisis in a decade, including preventing lawyers and human rights activists from visiting detained demonstrators, Amnesty International said after a visit to the country following contested presidential elections on November 26.

House Passes Resolution Condemning Myanmar Military’s Atrocities Against Rohingya

Today the House passed a resolution calling on the Myanmar military to cease its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya and to allow humanitarian aid groups to access northern Rakhine State.

UN Committee tells Cameroon to put an end to torture by security forces in the fight against Boko Haram

Cameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published today by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture by security forces fighting Boko Haram, Amnesty International said.

USA: Recognition of unified Jerusalem ‘reckless’ and undermines Palestinians’ human rights

Condemning today’s announcement by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, that the US is recognizing unified Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and will move its embassy there, Raed Jarrar, Amnesty International USA’s Middle East Advocacy Director, said:

Amnesty International Calls Upon ICE to Reunite Young Children with Fathers Separated in Immigration Detention

Amnesty International has called upon Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reunite children separated from their fathers as they sought asylum from persecution in Central America.

Secret Policies on Lethal Strikes and Raids Puts Lives in Danger

According to reports, the U.S. government has adopted secret policies allowing lethal strikes and raids to be conducted away from the battlefield, even when there is no imminent threat to life. Daphne Eviatar, director of security with human rights at Amnesty International USA, sent a letter today to White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster raising deep concerns around the new policies.

UN: China fails to scupper resolution on Myanmar’s persecution of Rohingya

Responding to the failed attempt by China, Philippines and Burundi to vote down a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the situation of the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar, Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia Director at Amnesty International, said:

Philippines: Police reinstatement in “drug war” threatens catastrophic return to mass killing

Responding to the news that President Duterte has ordered the police to resume their role in supporting his administration’s so-called “war on drugs,” James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

Amnesty Responds to Supreme Court Travel Ban Decision

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to allow President Trump’s travel ban to go into full effect, Ashley Houghton, tactical campaigns manager at Amnesty International USA, released the following statement: