Amnesty International USA: Immigration Raids Raise Human Rights Concerns

Following reports of immigration raids across the country, Amnesty International executive director Margaret Huang released the following statement:

“Reports of immigration raids in the United States raise grave human rights concerns. It is a violation of human rights to deport people with asylum claims, meaning that they face persecution or violence if they are deported, and it is a violation of human rights to tear families apart through deportation. We call for an immediate pause in these raids and a suspension of this Executive Order in order to ensure that people’s human rights are protected.”

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We’re Failing to Provide Protection to Female Refugees

TOPSHOT - Migrants gather and wait before being evacuated from a makeshift migrant camp set up between the metro stations of Jaures and Stalingrad, in Paris, on September 16, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT /Getty Images)
TOPSHOT – Migrants gather and wait before being evacuated from a makeshift migrant camp set up between the metro stations of Jaures and Stalingrad, in Paris, on September 16, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT /Getty Images

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.
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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.