2020 is a crossroads year for the world and human rights. While the coronavirus does not discriminate, the impacts of the pandemic clearly do – exposing and exacerbating deep structural inequality and repression in the U.S. and abroad. Some leaders have used the pandemic as a pretext to adopt heavy-handed repressive measures against vulnerable groups. Some governments are bullying doctors criticizing COVID-19 responses while others are jailing human rights defenders and peaceful dissenters. Some governments are impeding free and accurate flow of information through censorship and Internet shutdowns. Domestic violence is on the rise during this time of extended lockdown as survivors are forced to live in tight quarters with abusers. The world is confronted with the highest displaced population in modern history at a time when the U.S. has closed our doors to asylum seekers and refugees. These human rights crises are rocking every region of the globe at a time when the international community’s resolve to tackle these crises is on the decline.

While the coronavirus does not discriminate, the impacts of the pandemic clearly do – exposing and exacerbating deep structural inequality and repression in the U.S. and abroad.

These human rights crises are rocking every region of the globe at a time when the international community’s resolve to tackle these crises is on the decline.

Amnesty International calls on U.S. leaders, present and future, to adopt these policy recommendations to protect and advance human rights. Our recommendations range from releasing immigration detainees, to funding community violence prevention programs, to ending U.S. arms sales that fuel war crimes abroad, to building a humanitarian protection system that addresses the needs of people at the U.S. border as well as those seeking safety around the world. Our policy recommendations are informed by firsthand documentation conducted by Amnesty researchers worldwide as well as the policy expertise of Amnesty’s national advocates and specialists. 

 

2020 is a crossroads year for the world and human rights. 

While the coronavirus does not discriminate, the impacts of the pandemic clearly do – exposing and exacerbating deep structural inequality and repression in the U.S. and abroad.

Some leaders have used the pandemic as a pretext to adopt heavy-handed repressive measures against vulnerable groups. Some governments are bullying doctors criticizing COVID-19 responses while others are jailing human rights defenders and peaceful dissenters. Some governments are impeding free and accurate flow of information through censorship and Internet shutdowns. Domestic violence is on the rise during this time of extended lockdown as survivors are forced to live in tight quarters with abusers. The world is confronted with the highest displaced population in modern history at a time when the U.S. has closed our doors to asylum seekers and refugees. 

These human rights crises are rocking every region of the globe at a time when the international community’s resolve to tackle these crises is on the decline.

Amnesty International calls on U.S. leaders, present and future, to adopt these policy recommendations to protect and advance human rights. Our recommendations range from releasing immigration detainees, to funding community violence prevention programs, to ending U.S. arms sales that fuel war crimes abroad, to building a humanitarian protection system that addresses the needs of people at the U.S. border as well as those seeking safety around the world. Our policy recommendations are informed by firsthand documentation conducted by Amnesty researchers worldwide as well as the policy expertise of Amnesty’s national advocates and specialists.