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United States of America: arbitrary detention remains embedded in immigration, civil and military detention systems - Written statement to HRC36

Amnesty International welcomes the preliminary findings of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on its visit to the United States of America (USA) in October 2016. 1 This written statement focuses on Amnesty International’s concerns regarding mandatory detention, the detention bed mandate, confinement of pregnant women and the Guantánamo Bay detention centre.

Date:
20 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6962/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Migrants

USA: Further information: Four families ordered released from detention

On 17 August, four-year-old Carlos and 16-year-old Michael along with their mothers, Lorena and Maribel (all names changed to protect their identities), were ordered released from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania by an immigration judge after nearly 700 days in detention. This follows the release of two other young boys and their mothers held in Berks for over 22 months on 7 and 14 August.

Date:
18 August 2017
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AMR 51/6963/2017
  • News
  • United States of America
  • Discrimination

USA: President Trump must condemn racial and ethnic hatred

In response to today’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Amnesty International USA Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Membership, Njambi Good, issued the following statement: “The authorities must act to deescalate tensions in Charlottesville and take immediate steps to counter hate against people of color, immigrants, refugees, Jews, Muslims and others. "Every time the Trump administration equivocates on white supremacy, it risks emboldening more acts of violence, harassment and discrimination.

Date:
12 August 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

G20 summit: Trump-Putin meeting, a matter of life and death for the people of Syria

The lives of millions of Syrian civilians hang in the balance as the Presidents of Russia and the USA prepare to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany on 7 July 2017, to discuss counter-terrorism initiatives and a political resolution to Syria’s war, said Amnesty International. “For civilians in Syria, decisions made by President Trump and President Putin are a matter of life and death. A continuation of present policies would have disastrous consequences for the people of Syria, who have endured unimaginable suffering for more than six years,” said Samah Hadid, Middle East Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International.

Date:
6 July 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Discrimination

USA: Congress must step in and stop Muslim Ban

Following the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear arguments on President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban and allow the order to take effect in the meantime, Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA executive director, released the following statement: “This bigoted ban cannot be allowed to take effect again, and Congress needs to step in immediately to nullify it once and for all. It’s always been crystal clear that this policy was based on discrimination.

Date:
26 June 2017
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Death Penalty

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

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 UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The current US President, Donald Trump, has openly expressed his support for torture and espoused expansion of this detention regime.

Date:
25 June 2017
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AMR 51/6574/2017
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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
  • News
  • 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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  • 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
  • Research
  • 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
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Discrimination

USA: "My family was in shock" - The harm caused by President Trump's executive orders on travel to the US

US President Donald Trump had been in office for exactly a week when he issued an executive order barring the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries and slamming the door on refugees. Besides documenting the harms caused by the first executive order during the relatively brief period in which it was in effect, this briefing paper describes the situations of people who are still awaiting US visas, some of whom could be irreparably harmed if the US courts were to rule that the second executive order is constitutional.

Date:
12 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6207/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Discrimination

USA: Return to bigoted anti-Muslim travel ban would cause immeasurable harm

The Trump administration’s executive order on travel, scheduled for federal appeals court review on Monday, would harm both immigrants and US citizens if allowed to enter into effect, warns Amnesty International in a briefing paper released today. “President Trump’s travel ban order separated families and sent a message of bigotry and intolerance,” said Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International.

Date:
12 May 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

USA: 100 ways Trump has threatened human rights in first 100 days

As the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration come to a close, Amnesty International has compiled a list of 100 ways the Trump administration has tried to threaten human rights in the USA and around the world – sometimes succeeding, and sometimes being blocked by a powerful and growing resistance movement. “These first 100 days show how dangerous Trump’s agenda is, and they’re also a roadmap for how to stop it and protect human rights in the USA and around the world,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

Date:
25 April 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Refugees

How to stir up a refugee crisis in five steps, Trump style

The sight of one of the most infamous borders on earth – roughly 1,000 kilometers of porous metal fencedividing lives, hopes and dreams between the USA and Mexico, is undoubtedly overwhelming, but not in the way we expected it to be. While it has been one of the most talked about issues since last year’s USA election campaign, the stretch of land that separates the USA and Mexico now lies eerily quiet.

Date:
28 March 2017