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USA: Guantánamo, impunity, and global anti-torture day

In 1997, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June as United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the “total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” (UNCAT). For the past 16 and a half years, the USA has been operating a detention regime at its naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba that is entirely antithetical to its international law obligations, including those it undertook to abide by under UNCAT.

Date:
25 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6574/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Syria: Expert analysis shows US-led coalition use of white phosphorus may amount to war crime

The US-led coalition’s use of white phosphorus munitions on the outskirts of al-Raqqa, Syria is unlawful and may amount to a war crime, Amnesty International can confirm after verifying five videos of the incident. The videos, published online on 8 and 9 June, showed the coalition’s artillery strike using the munitions over the civilian neighbourhoods of Jezra and el-Sebahiya. International humanitarian law prohibits the use of white phosphorus near civilians.

Date:
16 June 2017
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

Negotiations in Miami must not treat Central American asylum seekers as bargaining chips

Today in Miami, the governments of US and Mexico are putting aside their well-publicized tensions of recent months and co-hosting a conference on security and governance in Central America´s Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, from where thousands of people flee extreme violence to seek asylum in the US and Mexico. Seeing the United States and Mexico in front of the cameras as happy co-hosts sparks a number of questions.

Date:
15 June 2017
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

USA-Mexico: Trump’s border crackdown pushes refugees into dangerous limbo

An already dangerous journey for tens of thousands of refugees has become deadlier thanks to President Trump’s Executive Order on border control and immigration as well as entrenched reckless practices in Mexico, Amnesty International said in a new report based on intensive investigations on both sides of the border. Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s violation of the rights of asylum seekers explores the catastrophic impact of a catalogue of new policies and ongoing practices that result in unlawful push-backs of asylum seekers at the USA-Mexico border, and threaten to unlawfully lock up thousands more families, including babies and children, in immigration detention centres in the USA.

Date:
15 June 2017
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

Americas: Facing walls: USA and Mexico's violations of the rights of asylum-seekers

Hundreds of thousands of people flee extreme violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala each year and seek asylum in Mexico and the United States. This briefing analyses the harsh effect that President Donald Trump's Executive Order on border security will have on these people, as well as the complicit role that the Mexican government plays in pushing people back to danger. Beyond a physical wall, there are a number of inhumane walls that exist and violate international law, including increasing detention of asylum seekers and families, and violations of the non-refoulement principle that effectively return helpless people to life threatening situations.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 01/6426/2017
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  • United States of America
  • Death Penalty

USA: ‘I hate to die for something I ain’t done’

Robert Melson is scheduled to be put to death in Alabama on 8 June 2017. On 2 June, a federal court issued a stay of execution, but on 5 June, the state filed an emergency motion in the US Supreme Court asking it to lift the stay. Robert Melson has consistently maintained his innocence of the crime for which he was sent to death row in 1996. A clemency petition is currently before Governor Kay Ivey.

Date:
5 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6415/2017
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  • Americas
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

USA: Trump’s expected decision to leave the global climate deal could result in a human rights catastrophe of epic proportions

In response to reports that President Donald Trump is expected to pull the USA from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA said: “Let there be no doubt, President Trump’s expected decision to withdraw the USA from the global climate deal is an assault on a range of human rights putting millions of people’s lives and wellbeing around the world in severe jeopardy.

Date:
31 May 2017
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  • Americas
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Alicia Keys and the Indigenous rights movement in Canada receive Amnesty International award

Celebrated global music artist and activist Alicia Keys and the inspirational movement of Indigenous Peoples fighting for their rights in Canada have been honoured with the 2017 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at an evening ceremony in Montreal, Canada. The award is the organization’s highest honour for human rights work. This is the first time the award was given to a Canadian recipient.

Date:
27 May 2017
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  • Vatican
  • Refugees

Vatican: President Trump should heed Pope Francis’ call to “build bridges, not walls”

Ahead of the meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump in the Vatican tomorrow, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe said: “Pope Francis has spoken forcefully in favour of freedom and justice and need to build bridges rather than walls. President Trump would do well to heed this advice. ” “The Pope has also warned against the rise of populism and the importance of opening our hearts and borders to refugees fleeing war and conflict.

Date:
23 May 2017
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  • United States of America
  • Women and Girls

USA Health of pregnant women being jeopardized by punitive laws

A set of US laws which claim to promote maternal and infant health are in fact driving pregnant women away from vital health services, jeopardizing their wellbeing and violating their right to health, according to a new report published by Amnesty International today. Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA, highlights the impact of pregnancy criminalization laws, especially those which are used to arrest and prosecute women who use drugs based on a belief that they are harming their fetuses.

Date:
23 May 2017
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  • United States of America
  • Women and Girls

USA: Criminalizing pregnancy: policing pregnant women who use drugs in the USA

In the USA, pregnant women lie at the centre of a contested battleground over their sexual and reproductive rights. A series of laws police the behaviour of pregnant women and particularly impact those who are marginalized and those who use drugs. Collectively called pregnancy criminalization laws, this report provides a basic overview of the impact of these laws on women’s human rights and access to healthcare across the USA, and specifically focuses on two criminal laws in Alabama and Tennessee.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6203/2017