Just as other individual countries have done in the days following a pair of shooting massacres that took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, Amnesty International on Wednesday afternoon issued a global travel warning for anyone currently traveling—or planning to travel—to the United States.
“By prioritizing gun ownership over basic human rights, the U.S. government is willfully and systematically failing on multiple levels and ignoring its international obligations to protect people’s rights and safety.” —Amnesty International
The travel advisory put out by the human rights groups urges “people worldwide to exercise caution and have an emergency contingency plan when traveling throughout the USA.”
The advisory, the group said, has been “issued in light of ongoing high levels of gun violence in the country,” which it referred to as human rights crisis.
Mariya Parodi, a press officer for Amnesty International USA, told Common Dreams that the U.S. section of the international human rights organization has “never before issued travel warnings like this one.”
Here’s what the official Amnesty International Travel Advisory, which includes warnings and guidance, looks like:
People from around the world currently or soon to be traveling in the United States, said Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA, “should remain cautious that the country does not adequately protect people’s right to be safe, regardless of who they might be.”
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