Amnesty International USA applauds Oregon Governor for halting all executions

Amnesty International USA
Press Release
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL APPLAUDS OREGON GOVERNOR FOR
“PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP” IN HALTING ALL EXECUTIONS

Contact: AIUSA media office, 202.509.8194

(Washington, DC) – Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today applauded Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon for declaring a moratorium on the state’s executions. The human rights organization’s supporters in Oregon, around the country and around the world wrote letters appealing to the governor to halt the December 6 scheduled execution of Gary Haugen, who had dropped his appeals, “volunteering” to be executed.

“This is a significant day for Oregon and another step forward in the inevitable march toward the end of the death penalty in the United States,” said Laura Moye, death penalty abolition campaign director for AIUSA.

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Nobel Peace Prize Important Recognition of Struggle for Women’s Rights

Amnesty International
Press Release
Friday, October 7, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Important Recognition of Struggle for Women’s Rights,
Says Amnesty International

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, strimel@aiusa.org, 212-633-4150

(New York) – Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, issued the following comments today about the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to three women who have fought for womens’ rights and equality:

“This Nobel Peace Prize recognizes what human rights activists have known for decades: that the promotion of equality is essential to building just and peaceful societies worldwide,” said Shetty. “The tireless work of these and countless other activists brings us closer to a world where women will see their rights protected and enjoy growing influence at all levels of government.”

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Blocking of Security Council resolution on Syria a ‘shocking betrayal’

Amnesty International
5 October 2011

Blocking of Security Council resolution on Syria a ‘shocking betrayal’

Permanent members of the Security Council that used their veto yesterday to block a binding resolution on Syria have utterly failed in their responsibilities to protect the Syrian people, Amnesty International said today.

“It is shocking that after more than six months of horrific bloodshed on the streets and in the detention centres of Syria, the governments of both Russia and China still felt able to veto what was already a seriously watered down resolution,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director.

“Those countries which ducked this decision by abstaining must also bear a heavy responsibility for allowing the brutal crackdown on legitimate dissent in Syria to continue unchecked.”

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Troy Davis Execution – a ‘Catastrophic Failure of the Justice System’

Amnesty International
Press Release
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Troy Davis Execution a ‘Catastrophic Failure of the Justice System,’ Charges Amnesty International

Contact: AIUSA media relations at 202-509-8194

(Atlanta) – Following the announcement that the state of Georgia has executed Troy Anthony Davis, Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), released the following statement:

“The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a person who may well be innocent. Killing a man under this enormous cloud of doubt is horrific and amounts to a catastrophic failure of the justice system. While many courts examined this case, the march to the death chamber only slowed, but never stopped. Justice may be blind; but in this case, the justice system was blind to the facts.

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Amnesty International Condemns Decision to Deny Troy Davis Clemency

Amnesty International
Press Release
Monday, September 19, 2011

Amnesty International Condemns Decision to Deny Troy Davis Clemency
Calling It An ‘Outrageous Affront to Justice’

Contact: Wende Gozan Brown at 347-526-5520, wgozan@aiusa.org

(Atlanta) – Following the announcement that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), released the following statement:

“It is unconscionable that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied relief to Troy Davis. Allowing a man to be sent to death under an enormous cloud of doubt about his guilt is an outrageous affront to justice.

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