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Jul 31 2002 12:00 am
United Kingdom: Detaining non-UK nationals indefinitely is discriminatory

The Court found that the targeting of non-UK nationals was discriminatory and disproportionate. The Court determined that the detention measures were not compatible with the UK's obligations under the...

Jul 31 2002 12:00 am
India: Amnesty International urges inquiry into reports of police brutality in the Maan valley, Madhya Pradesh

The organisation received disturbing reports that about 400 police officers from Amjera police station resorted to beating villagers who resisted their efforts to forcibly evict them from their houses...

Jul 30 2002 12:00 am
Jamaica: Amnesty International sends observer to Braeton Inquest

The hearing is currently taking place before the Coroner's Court, St. Catherine, Jamaica, 2002. Ivor Frank LLB., LLM. will be observing the inquest on behalf of Amnesty International for two weeks...

Jul 30 2002 12:00 am
Egypt: Human rights defender sentenced to seven years' imprisonment

'This trial against human rights defender Saad Eddin Ibrahim aims to silence the human rights movement in Egypt,' Amnesty International said. In a retrial, the Supreme State Security Court sentenced...

Jul 26 2002 12:00 am
Laos: New report reveals hidden torture and ill-treatment

Amnesty International's report, 'Laos: Torture, Ill-Treatment and Hidden Suffering in Detention', details how basic human rights safeguards are almost wholly absent. Arbitrary detention and torture...

Jul 26 2002 12:00 am
Afghanistan: New report questions rush to return

In particular the report, 'Continuing need for Protection and Standards for Return of Afghan Refugees', raises concerns over recent public statements from the UN refugee agency the UNCHR, noting...

Jul 25 2002 12:00 am
UN: Crucial vote at ECOSOC adopts new protocol on torture

The Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture will now be sent for adoption by the UN General Assembly later this year, before being opened for ratification. The Optional Protocol...

Jul 25 2002 12:00 am
UN: Appointment of new High Commissioner for Human Rights welcomed

'I have no doubt that Mr Vieira de Mello will bring great vigour and vision to this post,' said Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General, as she offered him the support and cooperation of...

Jul 25 2002 12:00 am
Brazil: Espírito Santo - Lives on the line, no more empty promises

'This will be the most effective way for the authorities to ensure the protection of the human rights community and put an end to the killings in the state,' the organisation added. The statement came...

Jul 24 2002 12:00 am
UN: Time for decisive action to prevent torture

'A vote against this Optional Protocol would be a disastrous set back in the fight against torture,' said Martin MacPherson, Head of Amnesty International's Legal Program, on the eve of this crucial...