Amnesty International (AI) has issued a travel advisory for people going to the United States of America due to ongoing high levels of gun violence in the country.
Legit.ng reports that the AI travel advisory for the US on Wednesday, August 7, called on people worldwide to exercise caution and have an emergency contingency plan when traveling throughout the country.
It advised those traveling to the US to be extra vigilant at all times and be wary of the ubiquity of firearms among the population to avoid places where large number of people gather, especially cultural events, places of worship, schools, and shopping malls and to exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs and casinos.
The nongovernmental organisation also warned that some travelers could be at a higher risk of being targeted with gun violence in the country depending on his or her gender identity, race, country of origin, ethnic background, or sexual orientation.
“Under international human rights law, the United States has an obligation to enact a range of measures at the federal, state, and local levels to regulate access to firearms and to protect the rights of people to live and move freely without the threat of gun violence. The government has not take sufficient steps to meet this obligation,” AI said.
It would be recalled that more than 30 people were killed in the mass shootings that took place in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, over the weekend.
In the aftermath of both shootings, multiple foreign nations have issued similar travel advisories to citizens who may be traveling to the U.S.
It was learnt that Uruguay told its citizens to exercise extreme caution against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes which cost more than 250 people their lives in the first seven months of the year.
The consulate general of Japan in Detroit warned Japanese residents to be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States which it described as a “gun society.”
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro also warned citizens living in or aiming to travel to the U.S., to be extra careful or to postpone their travel, given the recent proliferation of violent acts and hate crimes.
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 ongoin rampant gun violence in the United States. pic.twitter.com/eVVeMnAOOP
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) August 7, 2019