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Amnesty International to Launch 100 Days Challenge on Inauguration Day

In DC, Human Rights Organization Build Momentum on its Challenge Agenda Urging New Administration to Create Viable Plan to Close Detention Center, Sign Executive Order Banning Torture, Develop Independent Commission to Investigate Abuses


As millions of people descend
on Washington, DC to participate in the historic inauguration of President-elect
Obama, Amnesty International will use the occasion to kick off its 100
Days Challenge. The human rights organization is calling on the new administration
to undertake concrete human rights reforms within its first 100 days in
office. Amnesty International is using the events around the inauguration
to build momentum for its action agenda.

During the weekend prior to the inauguration,
Amnesty International ambassadors will be tabling throughout the DC metro
area, including Takoma Park, Adams Morgan and Arlington, to gather signatures
on its 100 Days Challenge petition. The petition calls on the new administration
to undertake concrete human rights reforms, including announcing a plan
for the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay; issuing an executive
order banning torture and other ill-treatment; and ensuring an independent
commission is created to investigate abuses committed by the U.S. government
in its war on terror.

On Inauguration Day, Amnesty International
ambassadors and staff will be on the National Mall, along the Inaugural
Parade route and attending balls and galas to increase awareness of the
organization's 100 Days Challenge agenda. The nerve center for Amnesty
International's Inauguration activities will be at the Inauguration Action
Center in McPherson Square where members of the Activist Coalition of DC
and other social justice organizations will be providing information and
other items to people attending events on Inauguration Day.

Days Challenge Kickoff
Day, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Inauguration Action Center at McPherson
Square and all over the DC metro area

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 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.

Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people - no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world's largest grassroots human rights organization.

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