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“We are horrified by the killings in Charleston, and we mourn the senseless loss of life,” said Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

“We urge authorities at the local, state and federal level to unequivocally condemn all hate crimes, ensure that they are fully and effectively investigated, and ensure survivors and victims’ families have the support and assistance they need to recover.

“We continue to raise concerns about the devastating impact of gun violence on human rights — including the right to life, liberty and security of person — on so many people throughout the country and urge the U.S. government to undertake comprehensive reforms to address this crisis.

“Today as always we stand with all those who face hate because of discrimination and violence for their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other aspect of their identity.”