Today we honor victims of police brutality in solidarity with Ferguson, MO. Join in the National Moment of Silence at 7:20pm tonight.
Independent investigations in Ferguson and New York are a start. But now is the time to end unnecessary and excessive force.

Today we honor victims of police brutality in solidarity with Ferguson, MO. Join in the National Moment of Silence at 7:20pm tonight.

Independent investigations in Ferguson and New York are a start. But now is the time to end unnecessary and excessive force.

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Victims of violence in Ukraine shared their experiences in a new report out by amnestyusa

via Associated Press

The Supreme Court says states must look beyond an intelligence test score in borderline cases of mental disability to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed. 

…Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that IQ tests have a margin of error and that inmates whose scores fall within the margin must be allowed to present other evidence of mental disability.

UPDATE: Amnesty International USA executive director Steven W. Hawkins responded to the ruling, saying:

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court may have helped save the life of Florida inmate Freddie Lee Hall. It also set an important precedent that we hope will prevent the future executions of other mentally disabled inmates who are sitting on death row across this nation.

After the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma and the attempts by lawmakers in different states to bring back the electrocution chair—and even the firing squad—the uproar to end to the death penalty in the United States has never been louder or more necessary than it is right now.

Check out Amnesty International’s work on the death penalty and how you can get involved.

At 12:01am tomorrow (Wednesday May 21st), Missouri is scheduled to execute Russell Bucklew by lethal injection. This would be the first execution in the US since the horrific botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma. 

Like Oklahoma, Missouri is hiding behind secrecy laws that allow them to conceal where they are getting the drugs that will be used for the execution — increasing the risk that Russell Bucklew will have a similar fate as Clayton Lockett. While the world is moving away from the death penalty, Missouri is on pace for a record number of executions this year.

Bucklew suffers from cavernous hemangioma, a vascular condition that makes him bleed from his eyes and one that medical experts say increases the risk of a painful botched execution. The state’s refusal to stop this execution proves just how cruel the death penalty is and why it needs to come to an end.

Take action NOW! Join us in calling on the Governor to stop the execution of Russell Bucklew! Email him with this link, tweet @GovJayNixon, or call him at 573-751-3222.

Our annual death penalty report is now out.

Our research into the state of the death penalty worldwide uncovered some disturbing trends. Can you guess which one of these could land you a death sentence in some countries?

Take a guess and then find the answer here.

Chicago, do you feel the winds of change? This week, Amnesty International teams are blitzing the Windy City — starting Amnesty groups, talking to folks about activism, organizing and human rights leadership, and spreading the word about our big Human Rights Conference in Chicago, April 4-6.

Bring human rights home with us! Learn more and register at http://www.amnestyusa.org/2014conference

From The Atlantic's Andrew Cohen:

Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury in Louisiana in 1984, a man who has spent the last 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit following a trial filled with constitutional violations, is on the verge of being set free. Once that happens (and it could happen as soon as tomorrow after a hearing in the case) he will become one of the longest-serving death row inmates in modern American history to be exonerated and released.

Ford’s dogged lawyers and enlightened parish prosecutors in Shreveport both filed motions late last week informing a state trial judge that the time has come now to vacate Ford’s murder conviction and death sentence. Why? Because prosecutors now say that they learned, late last year, of “credible evidence” that Ford “was neither present at, nor a participant in, the robbery and murder” of the victim in his case, a man named Isadore Rozeman.

UPDATE-1: Amnesty International USA Senior Campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris made the following statement in response to the reports about Glenn Ford’s imminent release:

"After 30 years, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner will get his freedom soon. Glenn Ford is living proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is. We are moved that Mr. Ford, an African American man convicted by an all-white jury, will be able to leave death row a survivor. We are more determined than ever to put an end to the death penalty, once and for all."

Learn more about Amnesty International’s work on the death penalty, including what you can do to help end this inhumane practice.

UPDATE-2: After nearly 30 years behind bars, Glenn Ford walked free on Tuesday:

Banksy has created this to stand #WithSyria ahead of the 3rd anniversary of the Syria crisis.

Today, our new report highlights the horrific tactics of deliberate starvation of civilians in Yarmouk and elsewhere. Read it, share it, and take action!

URGENT! A proposed new bill in Mozambique will allow accused rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim! Help stop this terrible bill. ACT NOW »

Governor Brewer did the right thing and vetoed the discriminatory anti-LGBT bill in Arizona tonight!

But the fight for LGBT rights is far from over — in the US to Uganda and beyond. Share this graphic if you believe in human rights for ALL!