First ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced to U.S. Congress

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

USA: “My family was in shock” – The harm caused by President Trump’s executive orders on travel to the US

, Index number: AMR 51/6207/2017

US President Donald Trump had been in office for exactly a week when he issued an executive order barring the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries and slamming the door on refugees. Besides documenting the harms caused by the first executive order during the relatively brief period in which it was in effect, this briefing paper describes the situations of people who are still awaiting US visas, some of whom could be irreparably harmed if the US courts were to rule that the second executive order is constitutional.

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Urgent: Stop Arkansas’ rush to execute 8 people in 10 days

Arkansas hasn’t had an execution in 12 years, so why the sudden rush? Simple: their lethal injection drugs are about to expire.

Arkansas has exactly eight doses left of a crucial drug used to perform lethal injections, and it’s set to expire at the end of April. So the governor scheduled eight executions packed into a ten day period — with two executions per day — as if the justice system was a conveyor belt. Take Action

Information on the individual cases (note that Jason McGehee’s execution has been stayed):

17 April: Bruce Ward
17 April: Don Davis
20 April: Stacey Johnson
20 April: Ledell Lee
24 April: Jack Jones
24 April: Marcel Williams
27 April: Kenneth Williams
27 April: Jason McGehee

Sara Hernandez is free

On Thursday, Sara Beltran Hernandez was released.

Sara is a 26-year-old mother of two who fled to the U.S. to escape gang and domestic violence. But despite having a claim to asylum, she was locked up for 15 months. ICE officials refused to release Sara on parole even after she collapsed in her cell as a result of a brain tumor.

But Amnesty members like you spoke up. And when you raised your voice, you shut down three ICE phone linesRead more

Amnesty International USA to Co-Sponsor Women’s March on Washington on January 21

“We’re proud to stand with people from all across the country to declare that women’s rights are human rights and to demand that the new administration and Congress protect everyone’s human rights,” said Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. “We decided to cosponsor the Women’s March on Washington to help send a loud and clear message that human rights must be respected.” Read the complete press release: Amnesty International USA