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November 19, 2021 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Condemns Racist Vigilantism and White Supremacy in the US Criminal Justice System

In response to today’s not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, Paul O’Brien, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said: “Today, Kyle Rittenhouse walks free after arming himself, shooting, and killing two people at Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, WI in August 2020. The painful reality is that our country’s criminal justice system — and our society — is predicated on white supremacy and anti-Black racism.

November 18, 2021 • Advocacy and GR

Vote Recommendation: Amnesty International USA Recommends a YES Vote on the Build Back Better Act and Supports Funding for Community Violence Intervention Programs

On November 18, 2021, Amnesty International USA wrote to members of the House of Representatives to urge them to vote YES on H.R. 5376, Build Back Better Act. The bill …

November 9, 2021 • Press Release

Survivors of TPLF Attack in Amhara, Ethiopia Describe Gang Rape, Looting and Physical Assaults

Sixteen women from the town of Nifas Mewcha in Ethiopia’s Amhara region told Amnesty International they were raped by fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) during the group’s attack on the town in mid-August 2021.

September 23, 2021 • Press Release

Angelina Jolie and Amnesty International remind the world of its commitment to children’s rights with a book some adults won’t want children to read

Angelina Jolie and Amnesty International have joined forces to create a resource for children and young people to learn about their rights, with the publication of a new book which …

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Penelope Halkiadakis

Penelope Halkiadakis (she/her) is a dual degree MD/MPH candidate, studying medicine and public health, at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to her studies, …

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Emma Green

Emma M. Green (she/her) is a youth human rights activist, writer, and researcher. She joined Amnesty International on the rural campus of Ohio Northern University in 2017. Since then, she …

September 15, 2021 • Press Release

Minister in Sri Lanka Accused of Holding Tamil Prisoners at Gunpoint Must Face Investigation 

Responding to reports that Sri Lanka’s State Minister for Prison Management and Prisoners Rehabilitation, Lohan Ratwatte, forcibly entered a state prison in Anuradhapura on 12 September and held Tamil prison inmates incarcerated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at gunpoint and threatened to kill them, Yamini Mishra, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director said:  “These dumbfounding reports go to show that our ongoing concerns regarding Sri Lanka’s treatment of prisoners, especially the authorities’ torture and other inhumane and degrading treatment of PTA detainees are all too valid. They also demonstrate the level of impunity for criminal behavior that is indulged at the highest levels of government. There must be a prompt, impartial and effective inquiry and the Minister must be held to account for his actions. 

September 7, 2021 • Report

Former refugees tortured, raped, disappeared in Syria after returning home

Syrian security forces have subjected Syrians who returned home after seeking refuge abroad to detention, disappearance and torture, including sexual violence, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, “You’re going to …

August 4, 2021 • Advocacy and GR

Amnesty International USA and 84 Civil Society Organizations call on Biden Administration to Designate New 18-month TPS For Ethiopia

Amnesty International USA joined over 80 organizations calling on Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas and Secretary of State Blinken to designate a new 18 month TPS for Ethiopia. – A …

July 30, 2021 • Advocacy and GR

Coalition Letter Urges Support for the Break the Cycle of Violence Act (S. 2275, H.R. 4118)

On June 30, Amnesty International USA and 100 human rights, civil rights, racial justice, religiously affiliated, and gun safety organizations wrote to members of Congress in support of the Break the Cycle of Violence Act (S. 2275, H.R. 4118). The letter urged Congress to act urgently to pass the bill to ensure at least $5 billion in federal funding over eight years for community gun violence prevention programs that save lives.