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Prisoners in Syria Should be Released to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

The Syrian authorities must cooperate fully with UN agencies and humanitarian organizations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country’s prisons, detention centers and military hospitals, Amnesty International has…

March 31, 2020
A worker disinfects streets in Damascus
DAMASCUS, March 30, 2020 . A worker disinfects streets in Damascus, Syria, on March 30, 2020. Four new COVID-19 cases were registered in Syria, bringing the total number of the infections to nine, Syria's Health Ministry said on Sunday. (Photo by Ammar Safarjalani/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Ammar Safarjalani via Getty Images)


Authorities in Russia Urged to Protect Half a Million Prison Population in Face of COVID-19

Russian authorities should take urgent measures to address the potentially devastating consequences should COVID-19 begin spreading among prisoners and detainees, Amnesty International said in a letter to Russian government agencies.…

March 31, 2020
olice officers in face masks patrol the area around Patriarshy Pond in central Moscow
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 30, 2020: Police officers in face masks patrol the area around Patriarshy Pond in central Moscow during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On 29 March 2020, Moscow's authorities issued a stay-at-home order to all people in Moscow regardless of their age, which comes into effect from 30 March 2020. Earlier, the Russian government announced a paid week off work (30 March to 3 April) for employed people and school holidays (21 March - 12 April), while Moscow's authorities ordered the shutdown of restaurants, leisure facilities and other service industry businesses and urged older Muscovites to self-isolate to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

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Imprisoned Journalists, Human Rights Defenders and Others in Turkey at Risk of COVID-19 Must be Urgently Released

Amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, the Turkish government is accelerating the preparation of a draft law that will reportedly release up to 100,000 prisoners. This…

March 30, 2020
Surroundings of Ataturk Statue is seen nearly empty
ANKARA, TURKEY - MARCH 30: Surroundings of Ataturk Statue is seen nearly empty after authorities urging people to stay home as a part of coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions in Ankara, Turkey on March 30, 2020. (Photo by Mehmet Ali Ozcan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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Overcrowded detention centers in Cambodia a “ticking time bomb” for COVID-19 amid raft of “fake news” arrests

Overcrowded and squalid prisons and detention centers risk becoming detonators for a major COVID-19 outbreak in Cambodia that will make the pandemic much harder to control, said Amnesty International today,…

March 27, 2020
A vendor is wearing a mask in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, March 25, 2020 -- A vendor wearing mask is seen in front of the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 25, 2020. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Wednesday that he is considering to put the country in a state of emergency after a spike of COVID-19 cases. Cambodia has recorded a total of 93 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 to date. (Photo by Mao Pengfei/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Mao Pengfei via Getty Images)

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As COVID-19 spreads in South Asia, fears rise for people at higher risk

As cases of COVID-19 escalate in South Asia, one of the world’s poorest and most populous regions, Amnesty International calls on the authorities there to put human rights at the…

March 26, 2020
Bangladeshi volunteer sprays disinfectant inside vehicles on the street during a government-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 28, 2020. (Photo by Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Achieving A Fair and Effective COVID-19 Response: An Open Letter to Vice-President Mike Pence, and Other Federal, State and Local Leaders from Public Health and Legal Experts in the United States

Sustained human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States (US) appears today inevitable. The extent and impact of the outbreak in the US is difficult to predict and…

March 20, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a news briefing on the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. With deaths caused by the coronavirus rising and foreseeable economic turmoil, the Senate is working on legislation for a $1 trillion aid package to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump announced that tax day will be delayed from April 15 to July 15. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Human Rights Advocates with Medical and Legal Expertise Call on Governors, State Health Officials to Direct Reduction, Release of Immigration Detainees to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Calling on governors and state health officials to use their authority to act in the interest of public health and protect immigration detainees, Human Rights First, Amnesty International USA and…

March 17, 2020
19 January 2020, Guatemala, Ceibo: Migrants are guided by the Mexican authorities through the Ceibo border crossing. Dozens of Central American migrants stranded at the Ceibo border crossing between Mexico and Guatemala were taken by the Mexican authorities to detention centers for migrants in Mexico. Photo: Jair Cabrera Torres/dpa (Photo by Jair Cabrera Torres/picture alliance via Getty Images)


Distant But Together: Responding to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us around the world. It’s an unsettling time filled with concerns, challenges, and anxieties. As a global organization, Amnesty International knows this pandemic…

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: An ambulance sits parked on the plaza outside the U.S. Capitol March 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. After taking the weekend off, the Senate will return on Monday afternoon and will take up the House-passed coronavirus relief bill. The legislation in the House bill includes some provisions for paid emergency leave and free COVID-19 testing. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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