US gets bad marks in Amnesty International annual report

Published on Intrepid Report, by Mary Shaw, June 2, 2011.

On May 12, Amnesty International (AI) released its annual report on the state of human rights in the world. The report examines the human rights records of 159 countries around in the world during 2010.

The United States of America got some bad marks again this year, primarily related to human rights violations in the “war on terror” and our continued use of the death penalty … // 

… Regarding the death penalty, AI’s report notes that “[46] prisoners—45 men and one woman—were put to death in the USA during the year. This brought to 1,234 the total number of executions carried out since the US Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in 1976.” AI describes the death penalty as “the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights, and calls for worldwide abolition of the death penalty “to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias and tainted by human error.”

In this year’s report, AI has again exposed the US not as a nation of laws and justice, but as a nation of impunity and injustice.

I am ashamed for my country, as every citizen of conscience should be.

You can obtain a copy of the report, or browse the report by region or by country, here.

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(Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views appear regularly in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites. Note that the ideas expressed here are the author’s own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Amnesty International or any other organization with which she may be associated. Write her).

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