Urgent action in focus: August 2005: Japan: a long way to go

The second half of this document outlines some major failings in the Japanese refugee status determination procedures, and the beneficial effect of Amnesty International’s Urgent Actions. The first half of the document concerns the death penalty in Japan, and is not relavant to forced migration.

Belarus and Uzbekistan: the last executioners: the trend towards abolition in the former Soviet space

This document includes reports and concerns relating to people seeking asylum from the death panalty, for religious or political crimes.

Republic of Korea (South Korea): Terrorism Prevention Bill: granting greater scope for increased human rights violations

The National Intelligence Service, a secretive agency about which Amnesty International has expressed concern, announced on 12 November 2001 that the South Korean government was set to enact the Terrorism Prevention Bill shortly.

People’s Republic of China: serious human rights violations and the crackdown on dissent continue

Includes concerns regarding the intensification in the crackdown on North Korean asylum seekers in China leading to large-scale deportations of North Koreans, who are likely to face serious human rights violations on return to North Korea.

USA: rights for all: human rights in the United States of America

This document details Amnesty International’s concerns in the USA

United States of America: rights for all

This report focuses on several areas where the authorities have failed to prevent repeated violations of basic human rights: the right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, the right to life and the right to freedom from arbitrary detention. It shows that police officers, prison guards, immigration and other officials in … Continue reading United States of America: rights for all

Thailand: a human rights review based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Amnesty International’s major concerns in Thailand with regard to the implementation of the provisions of the ICCPR include the death penalty, the impunity of police and other security forces, torture and conditions of detention amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the lack of fair trial and arbitrary detention of refugees and asylum-seekers.

The death penalty worldwide: developments in 1998

Includes a summary of the refoulement by Greece of a Syrian national.

Iraq: victims of systematic repression

This report addresses the range of Amnesty International concerns about human rights violations committed in Iraq in recent years, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, the death penalty, possible extrajudicial executions and forcible expulsion of non-Arabs.

USA: a briefing for the UN Committee Against Torture

In view of the examination of the USA’s initial report on its implementation of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention against Torture) by the UN Committee against Torture in May 2000, Amnesty International takes this opportunity to comment on its concerns relating to torture and … Continue reading USA: a briefing for the UN Committee Against Torture