In this historic referendum, the Irish people have resoundingly voted by a decisive 66.4% Yes majority, to end the almost total constitutional ban on abortion.
Gun violence is a human rights crisis in the United States and the U.S. government is failing to meet its human rights obligations to save lives. Send a message to President Trump, your two Senators and your Representative to pass common-sense, human rights-based reform without delay to help save lives.
Now through December 31, 2017
You can help change the lives of this year’s 10 cases by writing letters. When combined with millions of others, your letters help convince government officials to free prisoners of conscience, support human rights defenders, and end other urgent cases of abuse. Together, we can change lives and change our world.
Please read about this year’s cases, and then do the online actions and, as soon as you can, write a letter.
Click here for a pdf with information on this year’s ten cases, including addresses for writing personal letters (and a sample letter for each case.)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced a House bill on Tuesday that seeks to prohibit the U.S. from funding the detention and prosecution of Palestinian children in the Israeli military court system. The legislation is said to be the first time a bill on Palestinian human rights has ever been introduced to Congress.
The 11-page bill comes several weeks after a report was released by Israeli rights groups, with the support of the European Union, which revealed “broad, systemic abuse by Israeli authorities,” against Palestinian teenagers detained in occupied East Jerusalem.
Continue reading: Mondoweiss
Text of the bill (pdf): Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act
Journalist Muhammad Bekzhanov was arrested by Uzbekistani security forces in 1999. He was beaten, suffocated and given electric shocks until he confessed to fabricated charges. A judge ignored his claims of torture and used Muhammad’s forced confession to send him to prison.
You and thousands of other Amnesty supporters tirelessly campaigned for his release as part of Write for Rights 2015 – you never gave up on him.
And it worked! Read more
by Naureen Shah, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA
On Friday, President Donald Trump single-handedly caused irrevocable damage to the United States’ human rights record. Trump and his administration are using bigotry to target refugees and immigrants in the name of national security.
Friday’s executive order is deliberately and heartlessly blind to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis the world is currently facing. It violates human rights and goes against this country’s shared values of equality, dignity and opportunity for all.
Read More: Mic.com
by Salil Shetty, Secretary-General, Amnesty International
The turbulent events of 2016 have left people questioning many of the basic precepts on which the international system is based. Some politicians in particular seem set on tearing up the rulebook and starting from scratch as they struggle to respond to global threats and challenges, from economic crisis to acts of terrorism.
But governments trying to find stability by curtailing long-established human rights are going in the wrong direction: the solution to our problems is a stronger commitment to human rights, not a weaker one.