Amnesty International - USA

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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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Amnesty International Extremely Disappointed by Obama Administration's Decision to Hold Torture Photos Release
Amnesty International USA's executive director Larry Cox released the following statement in response to news reports that the Obama administration will not be fulfilling its legal obligation per the American Civil Liberties Union's FOIA suit to release photos documenting abuse and torture of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan: "Human beings have been tortured and denied basic rights. The American people have been lied to, and government officials who authorized and justified abusive policies have been given a pass.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Amnesty International Calls on Obama Administration, U.N. Security Council to Act Now to Save Sri Lankan Civilians
Amnesty International is urging President Barack Obama to speak out against the indiscriminate killing of civilians in the current conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE). The human rights organization has also urged United Nations Security Council members to discuss the latest disturbing developments in the country and establish a Commission of Inquiry into violations of international law that have taken place during the violence.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Amnesty International's Sri Lanka Experts Available for Interviews
The following Amnesty International experts are available to comment on the ongoing human rights crisis in Sri Lanka: Jim McDonald, Sri Lanka country specialist McDonald has served as the organization's country specialist on Sri Lanka for almost two decades and has testified on behalf of Amnesty International before the U.S. Congress on the ongoing conflict there. He is a lawyer and a long-time human rights activist.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
U.N. Security Council Must Act Immediately to Stop "Bloodbath" in Sri Lanka, Urges Amnesty International
The horrific condition facing civilians in northeastern Sri Lanka--described as a "bloodbath" by the United Nations--demands immediate action by the United Nations Security Council, Amnesty International said today. In the last few days, more than 400 people--including more than 100 children--are reported to have been killed in a two-day bombardment of the two-square-kilometer area designated as a "Safe Zone" by the Sri Lankan army. This brings the total estimated casualties to more than 7,000 killed and 13,000 injured since January.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Two Juvenile Executions Are "Deplorable Additions to Grim Tally" in Saudi Arabia, Says Amnesty International
Two men who were juveniles at the time of their alleged crimes were beheaded by Saudi Arabian authorities yesterday (Sunday), Amnesty International revealed today. The death sentences against Sultan Bin Sulayman Bin Muslim al-Muwallad, a Saudi Arabian, and ‘Issa bin Muhammad ‘Umar Muhammad, a Chadian, were imposed after grossly unfair trial proceedings.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Amnesty International Welcomes News of Iranian-American Journalist's Release Today
Amnesty International has welcomed the news that the Iranian-American journalist, Roxana Saberi, is to be released from jail in Iran later today (Monday). “We are delighted that justice has been served by the appeal process and that Roxana Saberi is due to be released from prison in Tehran today,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa region. "She should, however, never have been imprisoned in the first place."
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
Amnesty International Demands That United States Conduct Transparent, Independent Investigation into Afghan Civilian Deaths
Amnesty International demanded the United States immediately conduct independent, credible, and transparent investigations into air strikes in western Afghanistan that reportedly lead to the death of more than 100 civilians, including women and children.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
Italy, Malta Failed to Protect Migrant and Asylum-Seekers' Rights, Says Amnesty International
By failing to protect the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers rescued at sea, the Italian and Maltese governments have breached their international obligations, Amnesty International said today.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Iran Must Stop Wednesday’s Execution of Two Juvenile Offenders, Urges Amnesty International
The Iranian authorities must halt the execution of two juvenile offenders due to be executed on Wednesday, five days after the execution of Delara Darabi who had been convicted of a crime she was alleged to have committed while still under 18, Amnesty International said today.
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Friday, May 01, 2009
Amnesty International Outraged at Iran's Execution of Delara Darabi
This morning, Iranian authorities executed Delara Darabi in Rasht Central Prison. She is the second person to be executed this year after being convicted of a crime she was alleged to have committed while still under 18, Amnesty International revealed today.
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