They began at the embassy of the Dominican Republic, calling for answers to the 2009 disappearance of rights activist Juan Almonte. Witnesses say police kidnapped him. Authorities call him a fugitive.
Barbara E. Joe, Amnesty USA's volunteer Caribbean coordinator, said that in more than 20 years with Amnesty, this is not the first Dominican disappearance she has seen.
"Where is Juan Almonte? We want to know. His wife wants to know, his children [want to know]. He has six children living in the Dominican Republic. They have a lawyer looking, and it's just a complete blank," said Joe.
Then it was on to the Romanian Embassy. The issue here: housing, specifically, for the ethnic Roma minority, hundreds of whom have faced forced evictions.
Eighteen-year-old Belen Medina said no one should suffer such discrimination.
"Housing is a fundamental right. And I think that we can also see this, this could be anyone else, this could be another group, and that I don't believe it's okay in this day and age to ignore the plights of any people, no matter what their ethnicity or race is," said Medina.
Next up, the embassy of Sudan, whose president, Omar al-Bashir, faces two arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court for genocide and other crimes in the war-torn Darfur region - charges he denies.
1. rally v.集会；团结；重整；恢复；
eg. All the villagers should be rallied to rescue the crops.
eg. The police were able to deduce where the fugitive was hiding.
3.eviction n. 逐出；赶出；收回
eg. The family have won a temporary reprieve from eviction.
4.plight n. 困境；境况；誓约
eg. The leader was much concerned over the plight of the refugees.
5.arrest warrant [法] 逮捕证
eg. The court issued an arrest warrant on the suspect.
6.genocide n. 种族灭绝；灭绝整个种族的大屠杀
eg. They've launched a campaign of genocide against the immigrants.
7.war-torn adj. 遭受战争破坏的
eg. The war torn city has been brought to destruction.