. . . In some instances, police have responded to protesters with pepper spray and bean bags, and in one instance, private security staff used guard dogs. Those recently arrested have reported being strip searched and forced to pay bail for minor offenses. Members of the media and legal observers have also been arrested or charged with minor offenses.
. . . Under International law and standards, arrests should not be used to intimidate or prevent people from participating in peaceful assembly.
The FBI will launch a pilot project early next year to begin collecting use-of-force statistics nationwide and create the first online national database on both deadly and nonfatal interactions the public has with law enforcement.
. . . But although Lynch can impose financial penalties on law enforcement agencies that fail to report data about “civilians” who died during interactions with authorities or in their custody, the Justice Department cannot require state and local agencies to report the far larger number of such situations that are not fatal. Participation in the new use-of-force program by those agencies is voluntary.
The numbers are staggering, and governments are doing little to protect people from warring gangs and corrupt security forces. Yet entire families who are now seeking asylum are being sent back and told to simply live elsewhere Nina Lakhani in Tapachula, Mexico / The Guardian
In the current and unprecedented global refugee crisis, women face unique challenges that are often hidden or ignored.
Those forced to flee their homes to escape violence often face grim options. Resolving to leave their war-torn homelands, and leaving everything and everyone they know behind, is hard enough. The prospect of entrusting their lives and that of their loved ones to smugglers or embarking on perilous voyages to strange countries is terrifying. For women, especially those fleeing alone, there is additional danger. Their entire journey is plagued by the ever-present threat of sexual violence. Continue reading: Time.com
Update: the author, Margaret Huang, is the new Executive Director for Amnesty International USA. Please click on the link above and read her excellent and important article.
Due to Hurricane Matthew, this event has been canceled. We will post an update when it is rescheduled.
The South Carolina Green Party has invited us to table at their rally in Marion Square in downtown Charleston on Sunday, October 9 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. We would love to meet you! Please stop by, pick up some free buttons and stickers, sign our letters and maybe pick up some information for writing your own letters.