EU Member States threatening the integrity of the international refugee protection system: Amnesty International’s open letter to the UK Presidency on the occasion of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council, 12 October 2005

This letter was written in the light of large numbers of asylum seekers being repelled from borders in Morocco and Spain, leading to the death of a number of would-be migrants.

Spain: the southern border: the state turns its back on the human rights of refugees and migrants

This report raises particular concerns regarding the situation in Ceuta and Melilla, in Spanish North Africa.

Italy: temporary stay, permanent rights: the treatment of foreign nationals detained in ‘temporary stay and assistance centres’ (CPTAs)

This document is principaly concerned with the conditions of detention of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers prior to deportation.

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.

Germany: the death during forcible deportation of Aamir Ageeb

Amnesty International learned of the death of a 30-year-old Sudanese national, Aamir Ageeb, during his forced deportation from Frankfurt airport to Khartoum on 28 May 1999. Aamir Ageeb is alleged to have died on the aeroplane in the presence of three officers from the federal border police (Bundesgrenzschutz). The organization wrote to the German authorities … Continue reading Germany: the death during forcible deportation of Aamir Ageeb

Switzerland: death during forcible deportation: an exchange of correspondence following the death of Samson Chukwu

Samson Chukwu, a 27-year-old Nigerian asylum-seeker, died in a detention centre attached to Crêtelongue penitentiary, Granges (Canton of Valais), in the early hours of 1 May 2001, at the start of a forcible deportation operation. Following the death Amnesty International had an exchange of correspondence with the Valais authorities.