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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.”