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As the world continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been left behind in danger. Leaders seeking to advance racial justice and prevent the further spread and devastation of COVID-19 must immediately release immigrants and asylum-seekers now.
Take action now to demand President Biden free people, including all families, from ICE detention in his first 100 days.
COVID-19 is exacerbating the homegrown public health crisis that is gun violence in the U.S. Communities that already feel the impact of gun violence the most are being affected disproportionately by the pandemic, and the organizations designed to stop gun violence before it happens are critically endangered at a time when they are needed most.
Take action now to demand Congress pass the Break the Cycle Act to fund community gun violence prevention programs.
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On 28 January 2021, the Peshawar High Court denied Idris Khattak’s appeal to be tried in a civilian court and confirmed that the hearing will take place in a military court. There is very little information that has been shared with his lawyers or family as to where that case stands, with military courts in Pakistan notorious for shunnning transparency, due process and human rights. His whereabouts remain unknown; however, it has been recently disclosed that the espionage charges relate to a meeting between Idris and a diplomat in June 2009, well over a decade before his abduction.
Yang Hengjun was scheduled to stand trial in January 2021. However, the reasons of the delay have not made known to the public, and his trial has been delayed by three months. Detained for more than 24 months, Yang continues to deny all allegations of espionage and has endured countless hours of interrogations and extremely stressful conditions. With uncertainty around whether he will have regular access to consular representatives and his lawyer, there are concerns that Yang might be subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.
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For nearly 60 years, Amnesty International has been a global leader for human rights. This grassroots movement is made up of everyday people — just like you — who take action wherever they are. Together, we are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. When you donate to Amnesty International, you become a member and force for human rights. You are coming together with millions of other supporters to amplify your impact. And, as a dues-paying member of AIUSA, you have the power to influence the direction of the organization by voting in the annual Board of Directors election and on resolutions at regional and national conferences.