Thanks Trump – the U.S. is a “shithole country” now: Amnesty International is warning visitors to the U.S. to avoid large crowds, churches, schools, and malls because of “high levels of gun violence in the country.”
Amnesty International advised U.S. visitors on Wednesday to avoid “cultural events, places of worship, schools, and shopping malls” due to “ongoing high levels of gun violence in the country.”
In a press release dated 08/07/2019 Amnesty International reports:
Amnesty International today issued a travel warning calling for possible travelers and visitors to the United States to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence, which has become so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis. It aims to hold up a mirror to the U.S. using the model of the United States Department of State’s travel advice for U.S. travelers to other countries.
The travel advisory addressed growing gun violence, mostly hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, highlighting that the traveler’s race, country of origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation or gender identity may place them at higher risk after recent attacks linked to white supremacist ideology.
Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA, said:
Travelers to the United States should remain cautious that the country does not adequately protect people’s right to be safe, regardless of who they might be. People in the United States cannot reasonably expect to be free from harm – a guarantee of not being shot is impossible. Once again, it is chillingly clear that the U.S. government is unwilling to ensure protection against gun violence.
Common Dreams notes:
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.
Today we issue a travel warning calling for travelers & visitors to the United States to exercise extreme caution & have a contingency plan when travelling throughout the country. This is due to ongoing rampant gun violence in the United States.
The following is a tweet via Amnesty International announcing the new travel advisory:
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) August 7, 2019
“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
Bottom line: Amnesty International is warning visitors to the U.S. to avoid large crowds, churches, schools, and malls because of “high levels of gun violence in the country.”