Virginia Execution Reset As Doubts Persist (USA: UA 55/17)
March 13, 2017
Ivan Teleguz, a Ukrainian national, is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on 25 April. He maintains his innocence of the 2001 murder for which he was sent to death row in 2006.
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 lines. Read more
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
The President has picked David Friedman, a bankruptcy attorney who backs Israeli settlements, to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel. The confirmation hearing is already over, but the Senate Foreign Relations Committee won’t vote until February 27. Please read about Mr. Friedman here.
Then, please contact the members of the committee before Feb. 27. For a list of current committee members, click here.
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.
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