Ahead of the EU-Japan Summit, and following Japan’s rejection of key recommendations made in the 14th session of the Universal Periodic Review related to the death penalty, the daiyo kangoku substitute detention system, and justice for survivors of Japan’s military sexual slavery system, Amnesty International calls on the EU to press Japan to address its serious human rights failings. We particularly urge you to raise the following concerns.(05/05/2011) Letter to President Borroso - Halting the EU trade in torture and death ... 05/05/2011 - It has now been over a year since Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation published the report ‚From Words to Deeds: making the EU ban in ‘tools of torture’ a reality”. (28/03/2011) Death Sentences and Executions 2010 28/03/2011 - At least 23 countries were known to have carried out judicial executions in 2010. This is four more than 2009, when Amnesty International recorded the lowest number of executing countries since the organisation began monitoring death penalty figures. (04/01/2011) Recommendations to the European Union During the Hungarian Presidency 04/01/2011 - The changes brought by the Lisbon Treaty have radically transformed the EU presidency’s task. It now focuses far more on internal affairs. So one of the main challenges confronting the Hungarian presidency on the human rights front will be something its predecessors were able to dodge by hiding behind laudable work on the external front. Europe’s human rights landscape has also been altered. Discrimination against minorities, and racism in law enforcement and criminal justice, have grown so much that they are too overwhelming for member states to tackle singlehandedly. In particular the situation of the Roma people and the grave violations they are facing throughout Europe, have spelt an end to the previous and all-too-convenient impasse EU presidencies have cited to allow them to avoid confronting the human rights situation in the EU. (30/03/2010) Death sentences and executions 2009 30/03/2010 - The world witnessed further progress towards ending judicial killings by states in 2009. For the first time since Amnesty International started keeping records, not a single execution was carried out in all of Europe, while important steps were taken to turn the United Nations General Assembly resolutions calling for a worldwide moratorium on executions into reality. (30/03/2010) Report on Death Sentences and Executions 2009: letter to Baroness Ashton 30/03/2010 - Amnesty International would like to draw attention to the attached report Death Sentences and Executions 2009, which is published on 30 March 2010. The report documents the annual statistics of death sentences and executions carried out around the globe, concluding that in 2009 the world has witnessed further progress towards ending judicial killings by states, with more than two-thirds of the countries of the world having abolished the death penalty in law or in practice.
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