13 Nov 2016
  • Five Journalists Finally Released in Myanmar
    Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:03:10 +0000

    Five media workers from the Unity newspaper in Myanmar have been released following a Presidential pardon. The good news came after months of campaigning for the ‘Unity 5’ from Amnesty members and supporters across the world.

    April 20, 2016
    AIUSA

    Five media workers from the Unity newspaper in Myanmar have been released following a Presidential pardon. The good news came after months of campaigning for the ‘Unity 5’ from Amnesty members and supporters across the world. 

    Unity journalists Lu Maw Naing, Yarzar Oo, Paing Thet Kyaw, Sithu Soe and the newspaper’s chief executive officer Tint San had been arrested in 2014 after the newspaper published an article about an alleged secret chemical weapons factory in Pakokku Township, Magway Region. 

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  • Letter to General John W. Nicholson regarding increase in civilian casualties from U.S operations in Afghanistan
    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:40:29 +0000

    Naureen Shah, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA writes to General John W. Nicholson, Commander of the US mission in Afghanistan, asking questions about the reported increase in civilian casualties resulting from US aerial operations in Afghanistan. The letter urges an assessment of air strikes and international legal obligations, and urges that the results of those assessments be disclosed publicly. Further, the letter urges a thorough and impartial mechanisms for accountability.

    April 19, 2016
    AIUSA

    Naureen Shah, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA writes to General John W. Nicholson, Commander of the US mission in Afghanistan, asking questions about the reported increase in civilian casualties resulting from US aerial operations in Afghanistan. The letter urges an assessment of air strikes and international legal obligations, and urges that the results of those assessments be disclosed publicly. Further, the letter urges a thorough and impartial mechanisms for accountability.

  • Letter to President Obama to put human rights on the agenda during Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Saudi Arabia
    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:58:15 +0000

    Amnesty International USA Interim Executive Director, Margaret Huang, writes to President Barack Obama calling on him to put human rights at the heart of his agenda at his meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh on April 21, 2016.

    April 19, 2016
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    AIUSA

    Amnesty International USA Interim Executive Director, Margaret Huang, writes to President Barack Obama calling on him to put human rights at the heart of his agenda at his meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh on April 21, 2016.

  • Nigeria: Two years after Chibok abductions it is time to #BringBackOurGirls
    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:01:19 +0000

    All those abducted by Boko Haram must be released and those whose lives have been devastated by the armed group must receive support and justice, said Amnesty International on the second anniversary of the armed group’s abduction of more than 270 Chibok schoolgirls.

    April 14, 2016
    AIUSA

    All those abducted by Boko Haram must be released and those whose lives have been devastated by the armed group must receive support and justice, said Amnesty International on the second anniversary of the armed group’s abduction of more than 270 Chibok schoolgirls.

    Activists from the organization will join #BringBackOurGirls demonstrations in Abuja and campaigners around the world to mark the anniversary and remember all those abducted, killed and displaced by the armed group.

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  • Baby Steps on the Long Road to Justice for Atrocities in Syria
    Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:54:05 +0000

    The negotiations set to recommence in Geneva on April 11, 2016 and the recent reduction of hostilities in Syria may represent important steps towards a peaceful solution to more than five years of turmoil. Few would not welcome the guns falling silent once and for all and for an end to the suffering of civilians.

    April 12, 2016
    Amnesty International (Photo: Khalil Hajjar)
    AIUSA

    By Neil Sammonds, Syria Researcher at Amnesty Internantional

    The negotiations set to recommence in Geneva on April 11, 2016 and the recent reduction of hostilities in Syria may represent important steps towards a peaceful solution to more than five years of turmoil. Few would not welcome the guns falling silent once and for all and for an end to the suffering of civilians.

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  • From Hope to Horror: Five years of Crisis in Syria
    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:47:27 +0000

    Five years ago, Bashar al-Assad’s government brutally suppressed mass protests which began on 15 March 2011. The violent response sparked the region’s most severe armed conflict.

    March 15, 2016
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    AIUSA

    Five years ago, Bashar al-Assad’s government brutally suppressed mass protests which began on 15 March 2011. The violent response sparked the region’s most severe armed conflict.

    1. More than 250,000 people have been killed, according to the UN. War crimes and crimes against humanity are rife.

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  • Palestinian Hunger-Striking Detainee Close to Death
    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:57:13 +0000

    Palestinian journalist Muhammed al-Qiq, held without charge or trial by Israel for nearly three months and on hunger strike since November 25, is at imminent risk of death.

    February 9, 2016
    AIUSA

    Palestinian journalist Muhammed al-Qiq, held without charge or trial by Israel for nearly three months and on hunger strike since November 25, is at imminent risk of death. Despite the Israeli High Court of Justice reviewing his case, he remains effectively detained with no charge or trial. Al-Qiq initially launched his hunger strike to protest the torture or other ill-treatment to which he says he was subjected in Israeli custody, and to demand his release from detention he believes is motivated by his work as a journalist.

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  • AIUSA Reaction to Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Without Parole
    Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:08:44 +0000

    The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision today finding that a 2012 ruling banning automatic life without parole for juvenile offenders applies retroactively.

    January 25, 2016
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    AIUSA

    The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision today in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana finding that a 2012 ruling banning automatic life without parole for juvenile offenders applies retroactively. Jasmine Heiss, senior campaigner with Amnesty International USA, issued the following statement:

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  • Yemen: New Evidence Challenges Coalition's Denial It Used Cluster Munitions
    Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:10:56 +0000

    Evidence gathered by Amnesty International appears to confirm reports that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces dropped US-manufactured cluster munitions on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on 6 January 2016. The attack killed a 16-year-old boy and wounded at least six other civilians, and scattered submunitions in at least four different residential neighborhoods. Amnesty International is calling on the coalition to immediately stop using cluster munitions, which are inherently indiscriminate weapons and are internationally banned.

    January 22, 2016
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    AIUSA

    Evidence gathered by Amnesty International appears to confirm reports that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces dropped US-manufactured cluster munitions on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on 6 January 2016. The attack killed a 16-year-old boy and wounded at least six other civilians, and scattered submunitions in at least four different residential neighborhoods.

    Amnesty International is calling on the coalition to immediately stop using cluster munitions, which are inherently indiscriminate weapons and are internationally banned.

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  • Briefing: End abusive operations under indefinite curfews in Turkey
    Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:18:54 +0000

    Amnesty International calls on the Turkish government to end the indefinite curfews in Kurdish neighbourhoods across east and south-east Turkey. For several months, Amnesty International has been urging the government to end disproportionate restrictions on movement, including round-the-clock curfews, and other arbitrary measures which have left residents without access to emergency health care, food, water and electricity for extended periods. The draconian restrictions imposed during indefinite curfews, some of which have been in place for over a month, increasingly resemble collective punishment, and must end.

    January 20, 2016
    AIUSA

    Amnesty International calls on the Turkish government to end the indefinite curfews in Kurdish neighbourhoods across east and south-east Turkey. For several months, Amnesty International has been urging the government to end disproportionate restrictions on movement, including round-the-clock curfews, and other arbitrary measures which have left residents without access to emergency health care, food, water and electricity for extended periods.

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