Congress passes Tribal Law and Order Act

Amnesty International USA
Press Release
July 21, 2010

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF LANDMARK LEGISLATION ADDRESSING SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST NATIVE WOMEN
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Tribal Law and Order Act is an ‘Historic Effort to Tackle Major Challenges That Allow Crimes Against Native Peoples to Flourish,’ Says Amnesty International

(Washington, D.C.) — Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today applauded House passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that tackles the complex jurisdictional maze that allows violent crime against American Indians to continue unabated. The Tribal Law and Order Act, a long overdue effort to address public safety issues in Indian Country, would enhance the criminal justice system by improving coordination and communication between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.

“This historic, bi-partisan legislation addresses long-overlooked human rights abuses in Indian Country. It is an important effort to tackle major challenges that allow crimes against Native American and Alaska Native peoples to flourish,” said Larry Cox, executive director for AIUSA. “If properly implemented, it will open the door for the U.S. government to address the erosion of tribal authority. In time it will decrease the high levels of rape and finally provide Native women with effective recourse if they are sexually assaulted. In short, this legislation stands to curtail the impunity that allows rapists to prey on Native women like vultures.”

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By Dan Johnson, Group 48 Legislative Coordinator*

The past few weeks have resulted in two excellent opportunities for Oregonians to take action on human rights. The causes are compelling, and we know that our elected officials will listen. To those of you who have participated in the past, it would be wonderful to have your assistance again in these campaigns. To those of you who have never been involved in legislative action, this is a wonderful opportunity to get your feet wet!

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As many of you are aware, Amnesty International has been working constantly to halt the human rights abuses committed in the United States of America as a result of the War on Terror. The shift in national policy to disregard international treaties, fundamental human rights, and basic human decency inspired a wave of emotions and constant campaigns. We worked to guarantee lawful treatment of detainees, the cessation of extraordinary rendition, the defense of habeas corpus, and the release of those detained without charge.

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