Americas: Settle the past, safeguard the future: A challenge to the European Union and to Governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote and protect Human Rights in an evolving partnership
Amnesty International is presenting this Memorandum to the European Union-Latin America and Caribbean Summit, which is taking place in Madrid on 17-18 May 2002. In particular, Amnesty International is drawing attention to the continuing impunity in the region and the threats to human rights safeguards as security and "anti-terrorism" legislation dominate the international agenda. The Memorandum includes references to the ongoing torture and ill-treatment which persists throughout the region; it highlights the growing risks that are being run by human rights defenders in their efforts to promote and defend human rights and carry out their legitimate work; and the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Colombia, is given special mention.
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