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120 Rights Groups Demand ICE Immediately ‘Release All Detained Families Together’

Led by Amnesty International USA, 120 rights groups on Friday urged the Trump administration to release all families being held in immigrant detention centers as it complies with a recent court order to release children from these facilities due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We strongly object to any plan to place a …

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Pompeo Panel Pushes ‘Radical, Isolationist, Anti-Rights, Anti-Scientific, Religious Agenda’ With Human Rights Report

Human rights advocates denounced as “dangerous” a draft report released Thursday by the U.S. State Department’s controversial Commission on Unalienable Rights that paints property rights and religious liberty as “foremost among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure” while casting doubt on other liberties, including reproductive freedom. “Make no mistake: this report was …

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New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

An extensive new report released Tuesday morning by human rights group Amnesty International finds that between May 26 and June 5, local, state, and federal law enforcement officials in 40 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. committed more than 125 separate acts of violence against demonstrators who gathered in the streets en masse to protest the …

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New Report Details How Tear Gas Used to ‘Crush Peaceful Protests’ Around the World

Amnesty International on Thursday presented the findings of a year-long study of the global tear gas trade, which the group says is fueling human rights violations all over the world with little oversight and regulation. Along with an interactive website, the report comes as the use of tear gas to disperse protesters is under particular …

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Right-Wing Hungarian Government Pulls Nation ‘Back Towards Dark Ages’ by Ending Legal Recognition of Trans People

Human rights defenders in Hungary and around the world on Tuesday condemned legislation pushed through the European country’s parliament by its extreme right-wing ruling party which would end legal recognition of transgender people. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz Party passed Article 33, part of a new omnibus bill, over the objections of the United Nations’ top human rights expert, the …

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Trump Accused of ‘Weaponizing’ Pandemic as Administration Weighs Extending Ban on Border Asylum Claims Indefinitely

A reported move by the White House to indefinitely extend restrictions on crossing the border is generating accusations that President Donald Trump is “weaponizing” the coronavirus pandemic crisis to pursue the most radical elements of his anti-immigration agenda.  An order under review by the administration would extend Centers for Disease Control (CDC) restrictions on nonessential …

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Big Brother in the Age of Coronavirus: 100+ Groups Warn Against Exploiting Pandemic to Permanently Expand Surveillance State

As the number of COVID-19 cases climbed toward a million worldwide on Thursday, over 100 human rights groups issued a joint statement warning that governments’ response to the coronavirus pandemic “must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance.” “Now more than ever, …

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Amnesty Slams Trump for Classifying Gun Stores as ‘Essential Businesses’ During Pandemic

Human rights defenders on Tuesday demanded that the Trump administration reverse its decision to designate gun stores as “essential businesses” during the coronavirus pandemic and warned that increased gun violence during the national public health crisis will only add to the strain on overwhelmed health systems. Following aggressive lobbying by the firearms industry, the administration …

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