Gun violence prompts international watchdog to issue travel advisory against the US

    Travel advisories do not just happen to third world or developing countries. No. Owing to escalating levels of gun violence, the United States of America joins the list of countries where travel advisories have been issued.

    Amnesty International, a global human rights watchdog on Wednesday called for visitors and travelers to the US to practice extreme caution when visiting due to the prevalence of gun violence in the US.

    The group noted that gun violence in the US has become so rampant that it should be considered a human rights crisis.

    “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,” said Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA.

    The group said that travelers and visitors should consider their race, country of origin, ethnic background and sexual orientation or gender identity as these are some of the issues that have been linked to the attacks.

    Amnesty International further said that some of these attacks are also linked to the white supremacist ideology.

    Apart from the watchdog two other countries have also warned their citizens by issuing travel advisories.

    Both Venezuela and Uruguay warned their citizens of the violence and hate crimes in the US.

    Venezuela, who are currently engaged in a diplomatic tussle with the US said, “These increasing acts of violence have found an echo and support in the conversations and actions impregnated by racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed by the supremacist elite who holds political power in Washington.”

    The Uruguay Foreign Ministry in their statement said its citizens should “take precaution amid the growing indiscriminatory violence, specifically hate crimes including racism and discrimination.”

    According to Gun Violence Archive website which tracks the shooting in the US, 2019, has already reported 255 cases of mass shooting, making the year one of the worst cases reported.

    Since the cases started being reported and tracked, the GVA said there have been 33, 237 shooting incidents. These have led to 8, 796 deaths and 17, 480 injuries.

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