US: Don’t Suspend Conflict Minerals Rule

A move reportedly under consideration by the Trump administration to suspend a rule requiring companies to disclose their source for gold and other potential “conflict minerals” could enrich abusive armed groups in Africa, Human Rights Watch said today. Suspension of the rule, known as Dodd-Frank 1502, would undermine positive efforts to eliminate conflict minerals from the supply chain of major […]

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USA: Congress must permanently repeal muslim ban

Following the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA made the following statement: “This ruling is obviously a relief, but it won’t end the turmoil and uncertainty that this inhumane ban is causing for thousands of families,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of AIUSA. “We’re concerned by reports that some border […]

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USA must closely scrutinize CIA deputy director’s alleged torture links

Following the Trump administration’s appointment of Gina Haspel as Deputy Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said: “Reports that Gina Haspel directed the alleged CIA ‘black site’ in Thailand, at a time when detainees held there were subjected to torture and enforced disappearance, as well as a possible role in […]

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USA :Commutation of Manning’s sentence must be followed by Snowden pardon, whistleblower protections

ARTICLE 19 welcomes outgoing US President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and reiterates calls on the US government to further demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression and information by pardoning whistleblower Edward Snowden. Manning’s conviction and sentencing in 2013 on charges related to the leak of classified information revealing serious human rights violations […]

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More than 1 million people urge President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden

Today the Pardon Snowden campaign delivered more than 1 million signatures to President Barack Obama, urging him to pardon whistleblower Edward Snowden before he leaves office on January 20. The signatures delivered to the White House, totaling 1,101,252 in number, were collected by the campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Demand Progress and CREDO Action. […]

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Trump’s Guantanamo Tweet was Uninformed and Ill-Advised

By  Laura Pitter Senior National Security Counsel, US Program US president-elect Donald Trump’s tweet yesterday that everyone held at Guantanamo Bay is “extremely dangerous” is ill-informed. What’s worse, his proposed course of action – stopping all releases – shows a lack of understanding about the danger keeping Guantanamo open poses to US National Security. The vast majority of the 720 men […]

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The Dangers of Guantánamo

Laura Pitter Senior National Security Counsel, US Program As the administration of President Barack Obama whittles down the numbers of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, transferring 15 men to the United Arab Emirates this week, some members of Congress, including Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, from New Hampshire, are once again making alarmist claims about the released detainees’ supposed dangerousness. Calling those […]

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Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons

In All Too Familiar: Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons, released today, the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Project charges that in state prisons from Georgia to California, male officers are sexually abusing female prisoners with nearly total impunity. State and federal officials in a position to address such misconduct often deny that it exists or fail to […]

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