20/06/2013On World Refugee Day, Amnesty International has urged the European Union to ensure its funding and technical assistance to Libya do not perpetuate human rights violations against refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants.
18/06/2013Amnesty International has urged the European Commission to engage with the Romanian Government to ensure the right of adequate housing – for all its residents.
12/06/2013Amnesty International has pressed Poland and the European Union to 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.
05/06/2013Amnesty International has cautiously welcomed tomorrow’s proposed adoption of what may prove to be a more robust approach to how the European Union handles human rights violations in its 27 member states. The EU’s Justice & Home Affairs Council will be releasing its conclusions on fundamental rights and the rule of law.
23/05/2013Today sees the launch of Amnesty International’s global annual report which charts the state of human rights worldwide. It reveals a range of policies in EU countries which expose migrants and minorities to human rights violations.
16/05/2013On the eve of tomorrow’s International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, Amnesty International has pressed the European Union to uphold the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people inside the Union and in its relations with non-EU countries. The organisation has challenged the EU to show its commitment by backing forthcoming LGBTI events.
13/05/2013Ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Sri Lankan conflict’s conclusion, Amnesty International has urged the European Union to demand publicly an independent, impartial and internationally-led investigation which holds to account those responsible for crimes under international law.
03/05/2013On 5 May the Optional Protocol for the International Covenant of Economic Social & Cultural Rights comes into effect. This will allow people to seek justice from the United Nations if their rights (which include adequate housing, food, water, sanitation, health, work, social security and education) are violated and their government fails to provide redress. In the context of the current financial crisis, Amnesty International has expressed the belief that it is of paramount importance that all European Union member states sign and ratify the Protocol and belatedly begin to consider the human rights impact of austerity measures.
25/04/2013Amnesty International’s mid-term review of Ireland’s presidency of the European Union, published today, reveals slow progress on violence against women and Roma rights, but acknowledges important successes by the Irish Government in driving forward the debate on human rights protection in the EU.
23/04/2013The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today told Turkey to bring its law into line with international freedom of expression standards. The PACE resolution comes after Amnesty International’s call in March this year for the Turkish authorities to reform anti-terrorism laws that have allowed political activists and journalists to be imprisoned for making political speeches, attending peaceful demonstrations and associating with registered political organisations.
23/04/2013Presenting a petition bearing over 70,000 signatures, Amnesty International will tomorrow urge the European Union and the governments of its 27 member states to stop exposing people to danger on Europe’s coasts and borders. The appeal targets Members of the European Parliament, and challenges them to do their duty as watchdog, by holding governments and institutions to account for how they treat the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers who arrive at EU frontiers.
16/04/2013Join us to witness the triumphant arrival of our 'migrant boat' on the shores of the European Parliament! We'll be delivering Amnesty International’s SOS Europe petition which contains over 50,000 signatures. These thousands of ordinary people are urging Members of the European Parliament to do their duty as watchdog and hold governments and institutions to account for how they treat the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers who arrive at EU frontiers.
05/04/2013Today in Strasbourg negotiators from Council of Europe member states and the European Union have reached agreement on the European Union’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights following nearly three years of negotiations. The Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg must now give an opinion on the draft agreement.
Turkish riot police use water cannon and tear gas against peaceful protesters in Taksim Square on 11 June.
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 ...
10/06/2013 Joint Statement by Amnesty International and ten other partner NGOs on the occasion of the final vote on the Common European Asylum System.
05/06/2013 Letter to Alan Shatter TD Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence on Council Conclusions on Fundamental Rights & Rule of Law. Amnesty International welcomes the Irish presidency’s initiative of adopting conclusions on fundamental rights and the rule of law at the June JHA Council meeting.
27/05/2013 A consultation on combating FGM was launched by the European Commission and is open till May 30. Amnesty International's End FGM campaign submitted its recommendations. An EU communication on FGM is expected by the end of 2013.