Open letter to the government of the Bahamas regarding the communication to the House of Assembly on the investigation of allegations of abuse and inhumane conditions at the detention centre on Carmichael Road, 8 December 2004

The detention centre in question houses, among others, asylum-seekers and children.

France: the search for justice: the effective impunity of law enforcement officers in cases of shootings, deaths in custody or torture and ill-treatment

This report includes details of a number of cases involving asylum-seekers in France.

Malaysia: human rights at risk: migrants

This document outlines the human rights implications of the Malaysian government’s decision to detain and deport large numbers of undocumented migrants, including asylum seekers.

Belgium: before the UN Committee against Torture: alleged police ill-treatment

AI expressed concern about the numerous allegations it had received in recent years that law enforcement officers in Belgium have subjected people — a high proportion of them foreign and non-Caucasian Belgian nationals — to physical and psychological ill-treatment, including racist abuse, and have used excessive force.

Germany: back in the spotlight: allegations of police ill-treatment and excessive use of force in Germany

Includes a number of concerns regarding the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers

Greece: sweep operation: the alleged ill-treatment and torture of 16-year-old Refat Tafili, an Albanian citizen

Amnesty International continues to receive complaints that Greek police officers have beaten and otherwise ill-treated Albanian unauthorized migrant workers while arresting and/or forcibly returning them to Albania in periodic round-ups often referred to as sweep operations. One such case is that of 16-year-old Refat Tafili. Amnesty International is concerned that investigations into his allegations of … Continue reading Greece: sweep operation: the alleged ill-treatment and torture of 16-year-old Refat Tafili, an Albanian citizen

Spain: crisis of identity: race-related torture and ill-treatment by state agents

This report attempts to examine some of the concerns regarding torture and other ill-treatment which bear directly on the immigrant or ethnic minority population in Spain, and proposes a series of recommendations

Japan: welcome to Japan?

This document states that foreign nationals entering Japan may be at risk of ill-treatment by immigration authorities during interrogations at Special Examination Rooms and by private security guards in detention facilities located at Japanese ports of entry, including Narita Airport.

Guinea: maintaining order with contempt for the right to life

In Guinea, maintaining public order takes precedence over respect for the most fundamental of human rights guaranteed by the Guinean Constitution and all the standards of international law, namely respect for the right to life and the physical integrity of human beings. The recurrent nature of this excessive use of force and the impunity enjoyed … Continue reading Guinea: maintaining order with contempt for the right to life

Concerns in Europe bulletin: July – December 2001

This bulletin contains information about Amnesty International’s main concerns in Europe between July and December 2001. The five Central Asian republics of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are included in the Europe Region because of their membership of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). … Continue reading Concerns in Europe bulletin: July – December 2001