In a new briefing, Bahrain: reform shelved, repression unleashed, Amnesty International highlights the growing human rights crisis in Bahrain and urges the authorities to abide fully by the findings of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), established by the country’s authorities to investigate abuses during the 2011 anti-government protests.
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.
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.
26/06/2012We are writing to you to express our concern about the lack of concrete action towards reform of Europe’s pre-trial detention regime since the November 2011 consultation deadline to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Detention. We urge the European Commission to take action, publish its analysis of the consultation’s findings and announce the next steps, which should include a timeframe for tabling a legislative proposal setting common minimum standards for the use of pretrial detention.
19/06/2012Punishment Without a Crime: Detention of migrants and asylum-seekers in Cyprus
12/06/2012Last year, at least 1,500 men, women and children drowned in the Mediterranean struggling to reach Europe. Some of these deaths were avoidable. Delayed rescue costs lives. In recent years, some survivors have been forced back to countries where they faced abuse and ill-treatment. On several occasions Italy pushed back people to Libya where they were detained and mistreated. In an environment where there is little transparency or oversight, human rights abuses often go unpunished along Europe’s coasts and borders.
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 ...