Amnesty International - USA

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Despite Today's Acquittals, Investigation Into Murder of Russian Journalist Anna Politkovskaya Must Continue
The investigation into the murder of human rights journalist Anna Politkovskaya must continue with renewed vigor, Amnesty International said today as a jury in a Moscow military district court acquitted all those charged with involvement in the murder. "We urge the relevant Russian authorities not to stop here but to continue the investigation into the murder and to bring to justice all those involved, including the gunman and those who ordered the killing," said Nicola Duckworth, Europe and Central Asia program director at Amnesty International.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
United States and International Community Must Emphasize Well-Being of Afghan People
Tens of thousands of Afghans displaced from their homes by escalating fighting and ongoing food shortages require immediate humanitarian assistance, said Amnesty International today. The human rights organization called on the international community to implement a comprehensive strategy for assisting the Afghan people. The call came as U.S. President Barack Obama announced the deployment of an additional 17,000 US troops to Afghanistan and urged the international community to commit more forces.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Law Lords' Decision Opens Way for More Deportations from United Kingdom, Says Amnesty International
Amnesty International is gravely concerned by the possible consequences of today's decision by the Law Lords, the United Kingdom's highest court, which authorizes the U.K. government to deport people to countries where they will be at a real risk of serious human rights violations, including torture or other ill-treatment.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Pakistani Government Must Not Leave Swat Valley Residents "At the Mercy of the Taliban," Urges Amnesty International
The Pakistani government should act immediately to protect hundreds of thousands of people from insurgents in the Swat valley and elsewhere in the country, Amnesty International said today. According to official estimates, over the past year more than 1,200 people have been killed and an estimated 200,000 - 500,000 have been displaced from the Swat valley as a result of fighting between Pakistani Taliban groups and the military.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Human Rights Organization Organizing Call-in Week Beginning February 17 to Urge Congress to Fully Investigate Past Abuses
Amnesty International members and other activists will be burning up the phone lines during the week of February 17 to urge their senators to fully investigate the U.S. government's abuses in the war on terror and hold accountable those responsible. The human rights organization is calling on President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to create an independent and impartial commission to examine the use of torture, indefinite detention, secret renditions and other illegal U.S. counterterrorism policies.
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Monday, February 09, 2009
U.N. Misses Opportunity to Push China on Human Rights, Charges Amnesty International
Amnesty International today described the United Nations Human Rights Council's examination of China as an important new mechanism for the protection of human rights in China but noted that many of the countries involved in the review failed to address some of the most serious human rights issues in China.
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Amnesty International Urges Sri Lanka Government, Tigers to Declare Temporary Truce to Let Civilians Out, Aid In
The Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should immediately declare a temporary humanitarian truce and create humanitarian corridors, Amnesty International said today.
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Monday, February 02, 2009
China Must Immediately Disclose Whereabouts of Lawyer, Urge Human Rights Groups
The Chinese government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of Gao Zhisheng, a leading human rights lawyer who disappeared two weeks ago, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Human Rights in China said today in a joint statement. The three organizations stressed that Gao was at immediate risk of severe torture and ill-treatment by the Chinese security services and called for his immediate release.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sri Lankan Government and Tamil Tigers Violating Laws of War, Charges Amnesty International
Reports emerging from Sri Lanka suggest that government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are violating the laws of war by targeting civilians and preventing them from escaping to safety. Amnesty International has received information that the LTTE has, in at least one instance, prevented injured civilians from moving to safer areas or accessing medical care--an act that could constitute a war crime.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In Expert Testimony, Amnesty International's T. Kumar Urged Active US Role in UN Review of Human Rights in China
In his testimony before a commission of the U.S. Congress today, Amnesty International USA's advocacy director for Asia and the Pacific T. Kumar urged a strong, active U.S. role in evaluating China under a periodic review conducted by the U.N. Human Rights Council. T. Kumar called on President Obama to take the following steps to promote human rights in China and elsewhere:
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