• Press Release

In the face of anti-Muslim protests, stand up for human rights for all

June 9, 2017

People stand holding placards as they take part in a protest called as No Ban! No Wall! Get Loud Hosted by Amnesty International USA inside Grand Central Station on March 3,2017. in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
In response to two dozen anti-Muslim protests scheduled to be held around the country on June 10, Amnesty International USA joined with several other human and civil rights organizations in mobilizing people around the country against hate and hate-motivated violence.

“The Trump administration’s bigoted rhetoric and policies are emboldening white supremacist, neo-Nazi and unapologetically anti-Muslim groups. This toxic climate of hate is contributing to an alarming rise in violence and harassment, especially against immigrants, refugees and American Muslims,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “All over the world, we’ve seen what happens when governments encourage hate and fail to protect vulnerable communities. We will not stand idly by while this government turns its back on human rights and promotes an agenda of hate and fear.

“Free expression is a human right, but so is the freedom to live without fear of persecution based on where you come from, what you look like, and how you pray. We must reject hate and stand up for human rights for all.”

Amnesty International is joining dozens of groups and members of Congress in calling on mayors in the cities where the anti-Muslim protests are scheduled and other elected officials to condemn hate and hate-motivated violence.