As Hungary takes the chair of the European Union’s six-month rotating presidency for the first time, Amnesty International has challenged the country’s government to improve the EU’s defence of human rights worldwide, and today presented a list of recommendations to Dr Róbert Répássy, the Hungarian Junior Minister for Justice.
30/11/2010On the day the European Union’s new diplomatic body, the European External Action Service (EEAS), is launched, Amnesty International has expressed deep concern that the EU’s human rights capacity will be drastically diminished under the new system.
05/05/2010Amnesty International is urging EU leaders to engage US vice-president Joe Biden in a frank discussion about the human rights implications of counter-terrorism operations during his visit to Brussels on 6 May. In a letter to the Heads of EU-institutions, Amnesty International calls upon the EU to discuss such issues as the fate of some 180 detainees still held at the US Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, as well as accountability for human rights violations committed in the framework of counter-terrorism, including the CIA’s secret detention programme. (versión española disponible)
03/11/2009Today’s EU-US Summit should result in concrete measures to tackle human rights violations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, says Amnesty International. Special attention should be paid to the violations undermining the electoral process in Afghanistan and to the fate of thousands of displaced people in North West Pakistan.
05/06/2009At today’s Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) council meeting EU member states reached agreement on a mechanism for information-sharing and cooperation between European governments on protection for Guantánamo detainees. The agreement confirms that governments can accept detainees who have been cleared for release following a process of information sharing with the other Member States and Schengen associated countries.
28/04/2009Transparency, accountability and respect for international human rights must be the hallmarks of a new phase of transatlantic relations in the field of justice and home affairs, says Amnesty International as the EU Presidency meets US Attorney General Eric Holder and the US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to discuss the fight against terrorism.
In a letter addressed to the Czech Presidency (available here), Amnesty International urged the EU to send a strong signal that it is committed to an approach to fighting terrorism which is based on the rule of law and respect for international human rights standards.
23/05/2013 For each rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, Amnesty International asks the presidency to commit itself to advancing human rights within the EU and worldwide. We also seek the presidency’s active ...
23/05/2013 This is part of a special ‘People on the Move’ series, highlighting the human rights violations faced by migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in every part of the world. These profiles are being published around the launch ...