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Amnesty International Calls on Biden Administration to Push For Western Sahara Human Rights Monitoring in UN Resolution

Today, Amnesty International USA wrote to the Biden administration regarding the upcoming United Nations Security Council debate on renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in…

October 19, 2021
A vehicle of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) drives on the Moroccan side of the border crossing point between Morocco and Mauritania in Guerguerat located in the Western Sahara, on November 25, 2020, after the intervention of the royal Moroccan armed forces in the area. – Morocco in early November accused the Polisario Front of blocking the key highway for trade with the rest of Africa, and launched a military operation to reopen it. (Photo by Fadel SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Human Rights on Capitol Hill – October 2021 newsletter

Just weeks after a devastating earthquake in August that killed, injured, and displaced hundreds of thousands in Haiti, the Biden administration callously began mass deporting Haitian asylum-seekers, including toddlers, under…

October 7, 2021
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The Human Rights Crackdown in Western Sahara and the Need for Action by the Biden Administration

Classified as a non-self-governing territory by the United Nations, Western Sahara has been under de-facto annexation by Morocco since the late 1970s. Morocco controls three-fourths of Western Sahara via unilateral…

September 27, 2021
A vehicle of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) drives on the Moroccan side of the border crossing point between Morocco and Mauritania in Guerguerat located in the Western Sahara, on November 25, 2020, after the intervention of the royal Moroccan armed forces in the area. – Morocco in early November accused the Polisario Front of blocking the key highway for trade with the rest of Africa, and launched a military operation to reopen it. (Photo by Fadel SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Biden Must Raise Human Rights in Talks with Modi

Amnesty International urges President Biden to raise critical human rights issues in his upcoming meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi. India has seen an erosion of human rights in recent…

September 23, 2021

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Amnesty International USA Calls on Congress to Prioritize Human Rights in National Defense Authorization Act Legislation

On September 22nd, 2021, Amnesty International USA wrote to the U.S. House of Representatives in response to continuing advancement and votes on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal…

September 23, 2021
MSF supported hospital bombed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Haydan in Sa’da. The small hospital, in the Haydan district in Saada Province, was hit by several airstrikes beginning at 22:30 last night. Hospital staff and two patients managed to escape before subsequent airstrikes occurred over a two hour period. One staff member was slightly injured while escaping. With the hospital destroyed, at least 200,000 people now have no access to lifesaving medical care.

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Human Rights on Capitol Hill – September 2021 Newsletter

The U.S. government must commit to providing protection and safe passage to all Afghans left behind, who face risk of persecution from the Taliban.

September 6, 2021
TOPSHOT – Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the group’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. (Photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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Statement on Enforced Disappearance in Bangladesh

Enforced disappearances have a chilling effect on political freedom, civil society, independent media, and human rights advocacy. Victims of enforced disappearances are at heightened risk of other human rights violations,…

August 30, 2021

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Amnesty-Co-Chaired Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally calls on President Biden to Urgently Increase Efforts to Support Afghan Women and Girls, Evacuate Women’s Rights Defenders

On August 24th, the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally – co-chaired by Amnesty International USA, Futures Without Violence, Promundo-US, and the Women’s Refugee Commission – wrote…

August 27, 2021
Afghan women’s rights activists demonstrate against the controversial law for Afghanistan which regulates the personal affairs of minority Shia community, 15 April 2009. The law included discriminatory provisions, including restrictions on women’s freedom of movement. The law has since been revised.

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Amnesty International USA and Amnesty Israel urge President Biden to uphold Palestinian rights and demand the Israeli government end systemic abuses in the OPT during Prime Minister Bennett’s White House visit

On August 25, 2021, Amnesty International USA executive director Paul O’Brien and and Amnesty International Israel executive director Molly Malekar wrote a joint letter to President Joe Biden urging him…

August 25, 2021
Palestinian citizens of Israel were met with a strong Israeli police response during a protest in Haifa against Israeli actions in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, on Sunday, 9 May, 2021. (Photo by Mati Milstein/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Photo by Mati Milstein/NurPhoto via Getty Images)