Amnesty International USA Appalled at Arizona Immigration Law

For Immediate Release

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AIUSA media office, 202-544-0200 x302,
Laura Spann: lspann@aiusa.org

 

Amnesty International USA Appalled at Arizona Immigration Law

WASHINGTON - Vienna Colucci, senior
advisor for Amnesty International USA, issued the following statement in
response to the immigration law recently signed by Arizona Governor Jan
Brewer:

“Amnesty International is appalled that
Governor Brewer signed into law a bill that will surely increase racial
profiling, arbitrary arrests and detentions in the state.

“The governor abdicated her
responsibility
to protect the human rights of every individual in Arizona…not just
those
who look ‘American.’

“The law is both cruel and misguided.  A
vast majority of police officers in Arizona opposed the bill, fearing
that
enforcement will drastically undermine their communication with
communities
of color, thereby placing not only these communities, but all Arizonans,
in greater jeopardy.
 
“Human rights exist regardless of
nationality,
ethnicity or immigration status. Governor Brewer ignored this truth to
the detriment of every individual who passes through or lives in the
state.”

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace
Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with more than 2.8 million supporters,
activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for
human
rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses,
educates
and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied

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We are people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

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