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Five Journalists Finally Released in Myanmar

April 20, 2016 - 10:03am

Five media workers from the Unity newspaper in Myanmar have been released following a Presidential pardon. The good news came after months of campaigning for the ‘Unity 5’ from Amnesty members and supporters across the world.

April 20, 2016 AIUSA

Five media workers from the Unity newspaper in Myanmar have been released following a Presidential pardon. The good news came after months of campaigning for the ‘Unity 5’ from Amnesty members and supporters across the world. 

Unity journalists Lu Maw Naing, Yarzar Oo, Paing Thet Kyaw, Sithu Soe and the newspaper’s chief executive officer Tint San had been arrested in 2014 after the newspaper published an article about an alleged secret chemical weapons factory in Pakokku Township, Magway Region. 

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Letter to President Obama to put human rights on the agenda during Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Saudi Arabia

April 19, 2016 - 9:58am

Amnesty International USA Interim Executive Director, Margaret Huang, writes to President Barack Obama calling on him to put human rights at the heart of his agenda at his meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh on April 21, 2016.

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Amnesty International USA Interim Executive Director, Margaret Huang, writes to President Barack Obama calling on him to put human rights at the heart of his agenda at his meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh on April 21, 2016.

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Letter to General John W. Nicholson regarding increase in civilian casualties from U.S operations in Afghanistan

April 19, 2016 - 9:40am

Naureen Shah, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA writes to General John W. Nicholson, Commander of the US mission in Afghanistan, asking questions about the reported increase in civilian casualties resulting from US aerial operations in Afghanistan. The letter urges an assessment of air strikes and international legal obligations, and urges that the results of those assessments be disclosed publicly. Further, the letter urges a thorough and impartial mechanisms for accountability.

April 19, 2016 AIUSA

Naureen Shah, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA writes to General John W. Nicholson, Commander of the US mission in Afghanistan, asking questions about the reported increase in civilian casualties resulting from US aerial operations in Afghanistan. The letter urges an assessment of air strikes and international legal obligations, and urges that the results of those assessments be disclosed publicly. Further, the letter urges a thorough and impartial mechanisms for accountability.

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Nigeria: Two years after Chibok abductions it is time to #BringBackOurGirls

April 14, 2016 - 9:01am

All those abducted by Boko Haram must be released and those whose lives have been devastated by the armed group must receive support and justice, said Amnesty International on the second anniversary of the armed group’s abduction of more than 270 Chibok schoolgirls.

April 14, 2016 AIUSA

All those abducted by Boko Haram must be released and those whose lives have been devastated by the armed group must receive support and justice, said Amnesty International on the second anniversary of the armed group’s abduction of more than 270 Chibok schoolgirls.

Activists from the organization will join #BringBackOurGirls demonstrations in Abuja and campaigners around the world to mark the anniversary and remember all those abducted, killed and displaced by the armed group.

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Baby Steps on the Long Road to Justice for Atrocities in Syria

April 12, 2016 - 12:54pm

The negotiations set to recommence in Geneva on April 11, 2016 and the recent reduction of hostilities in Syria may represent important steps towards a peaceful solution to more than five years of turmoil. Few would not welcome the guns falling silent once and for all and for an end to the suffering of civilians.

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By Neil Sammonds, Syria Researcher at Amnesty Internantional

The negotiations set to recommence in Geneva on April 11, 2016 and the recent reduction of hostilities in Syria may represent important steps towards a peaceful solution to more than five years of turmoil. Few would not welcome the guns falling silent once and for all and for an end to the suffering of civilians.

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