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Amnesty International USA Statement on Charlottesville Anniversary and Rallies

August 10, 2018

Demonstrators gather August 13, 2017 before a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike, the only member of the Confederate military with an outdoor statue in Washington, DC, during a vigil in response to the death of a counter-protestor in the August 12th "Unite the Right" rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia. A woman died and 19 people were injured in the city of Charlottesville when a car plowed into a crowd of people after a rally by Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists turned violent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ahead of a planned “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington DC and the anniversary of the Charlottesville tragedy on August 12, Amnesty International’s executive director Margaret Huang issued the following statement:

“Failure from our leaders to denounce racial and ethnic hatred has only emboldened those who wish to normalize discrimination,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “When President Trump persists in promoting policies that target and imperil the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees, Muslims and others, it is more important than ever that people take action against institutionalized discrimination.”

“Last year we saw the tragic results of what happens when authorities fail to ensure the safety of those targeted by the hateful ideology of white supremacy. The right to protest should not be used as license to intimidate, harass and harm others.”