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USA: Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage welcomed

However, concerns expressed over separate ‘Proposition 8’ ruling Amnesty International has this afternoon welcomed a decision by the US Supreme Court to strike down a provision in a law that restricted access to federal funds for those in same-sex marriages. The ruling concerned section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Amnesty International USA Deputy Executive Director Frank Jannuzi said: “We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down section 3 of DOMA to ensure that legally married same-sex couples can access federal benefits. “However, we are concerned about the Court’s

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Uruguay signature opens new route to justice for millions

People who have their economic, social and cultural rights routinely trampled on are set to gain a fresh route to justice via the United Nations all thanks to the signature of Uruguay today. The South American state provided the crucial tenth ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights, which means it will be in force in three months’ time on 5 May 2013. The new complaints mechanism, established by the Protocol, will allow individuals and groups to seek justice from the UN if their rights – including adequate housing, food, water

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UK illicit Arms: Shocking revelations reinforce need for strong Arms Treaty

As BBC Radio Four’s ‘File on Four’ programme uncovered the murky world of illegal gun-runners on Tuesday (15 Jan), Amnesty International called upon the UK to continue to lead the call for tight controls on the international Arms. The BBC investigation includes an analysis of the actions of British arms dealer Gary Hyde who was convicted in 2007 for illicit arms deals. Hyde first became known to Amnesty in 2006 when it was alleged that his company York Guns Ltd had privately imported thousands of assault rifles and machine guns from Bosnia to the UK. Amnesty investigated the activities of Gary

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Call on President Obama to keep his earlier human rights promises

‘President Obama has been given a second chance to keep his promises on human rights. Don’t blow it’ - Suzanne Nossel Responding to the re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America, Amnesty International USA executive director Suzanne Nossel said: “When President Obama was first elected in 2008, many human rights activists rejoiced. It had been eight long years where the United States tortured, detained hundreds without charge and trial, and tried to justify the horrors of Abu Ghraib. “President Obama’s first campaign for the White House offered the promise of an

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Nov 24 2009 10:17PM
Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia

Every year there is a vigil and protest at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, where the taxpayers of the USA fund a college for training police and military personnel from Latin America. Many of the graduates of the School of the...

Uruguay: Law protecting police and military torture suspects must be annulled

A law in Uruguay that has allowed the police and military to get away with torture and murder should be annulled, Amnesty International said today, as the country prepares to vote in a referendum on the future of the law. The law – Ley de Caducidad de la Pretencion Punitiva del Estado, or Expiry Law – prevents the prosecution of police and military officials for crimes committed until 1985, covering the 11-year period of military and civilian rule when thousands of cases of torture and many disappearances were documented. Ninety-nine per cent of political prisoners interviewed at the time by

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