14/09/2012Amnesty International welcomes the decision of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to produce a Country of Origin Information report on Afghanistan to support the EU member states in their decisions when assessing application of asylum seekers from Afghanistan. In light of the growing number of Afghan asylum seekers in Europe, it is important that the EU member states understand the specific risks facing Afghans so that more informed and coherent decisions on granting or rejecting asylum of Afghan asylum seekers can be made.
The report offers disturbing evidence of the various torture methods the security forces use and details how police intimidation and corruption contribute to a climate of impunity.
26/06/2012Eurovision might be over but the fight for human rights in Azerbaijan is not, especially for local activists who face a renewed crackdown. In this appeal, Amnesty International and other human rights NGOs, ask the Council of Europe to press Azerbaijan to release all political prisoners or give them a fair trial.
The situation in the North Caucasus remains extremely unstable. Law enforcement agencies responding to armed groups have shown scant regard for the rule of law and continue to engage in human rights abuses with total impunity.
26/04/2012In June 2012, the Council of the European Union will approve the extension of the mandate of the EU-led rule of law mission in Kosovo, (EULEX). In this report, Amnesty International advocates that the new mandate should include specific measures to ensure that EULEX, as a matter of urgency, prioritizes the investigation and prosecution of crimes under international law, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.
14/12/2011Ahead of the EU-Russia Summit on 15 December, Amnesty International has called on the EU to raise the issue of human rights.
12/06/2013 Poland and the European Union must ensure that the country urgently investigates long-standing accusations that it hosted a CIA-run secret prison where suspects were tortured between 2002 and 2005.
03/06/2013 How long do you think you would cope if you were confined to a cupboard-sized room of just six square metres, 23 hours a day? An hour? A day? A week? How about 41 years and counting? Forty-one years ago, three young black ...