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EU: Time to eradicate the torture trade

The European Parliament should vote in favour of measures strengthening the European Union’s landmark regulation combatting the trade in equipment that can be used to torture, ill-treat or execute people, said Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation (Omega). Final amendments to the torture trade Regulation (EC) 1236/2005 accepted by the EU Council will be debated and voted on by the full European Parliament plenary on Tuesday 4 October.

Date:
3 October 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Arms Trade

Europe and Central Asia: Why the EU should ban the commercial marketing and promotion of inhumane policing and prison equipment

In 2006 the European Union introduced the world's first multilateral trade controls to prohibit the international trade in equipment which has no practical use other than for the purposes of death penalty, torture and other ill-treatment; and to control the trade in a range of policing and security equipment misused for such violations. One of the key weaknesses in the current Regulation is illustrated in this Briefing Paper.

Date:
9 May 2016
Ref:
EUR 01/3636/2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Business and Human Rights

EU responsible mineral sourcing regulation: Civil society response to the Council mandate agreed by Coreper on 17 December 2015

The trade in resources – such as gold, diamonds, tantalum, tin, cobalt and coal – perpetuates a cycle of conflict and human rights abuses in many fragile areas of the world. These resources end up in products that we use every day, from aeroplanes and cars to mobile phones and laptops. The EU is currently drafting a law intended to tackle this deadly trade. This briefing sets out a response from Amnesty International and civil society coalition partners to the proposal put forward by the European Council, made up of EU Member States.

Date:
9 February 2016
Ref:
IOR 10/3415/2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

Democratic Republic of Congo: "This is what we die for": Human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt

This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep underground, and accidents are common. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment.

Date:
19 January 2016
Ref:
AFR 62/3183/2016
  • News
  • Armed Conflict

Ten reasons why it’s time to get serious about banning ‘Killer Robots’

Governments are meeting today in Geneva to discuss what to do about “Killer Robots”. Amnesty International is calling for the creation of a formal negotiation process with a view to establishing a new global ban on lethal and less-lethal “Killer Robots”, both on the battlefield and in policing operations. Here are 10 reasons why such a ban is essential. 1. “Killer Robots” will not be a thing of science fiction for long Killer robots are weapons systems which, once activated, can select, attack, kill and injure human targets without a person in control.

Date:
12 November 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

World Economic Forum: Business transparency vital for human rights of Africa’s youth

African political and business leaders must promote transparent and accountable financial systems that promote economic and social rights such as education and healthcare for the continent’s youth, Amnesty International said today as the World Economic Forum got under way in Cape Town. The organisation is also calling for the promotion of free movement of people, access to information, a curb on corporate land grabs and the promotion of freedom of expression.

Date:
5 June 2015
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Business and Human Rights

EU companies still trading in 'tools of torture'

Companies based in the European Union (EU) are still marketing and trading in a range of security equipment which can be used to torture and ill-treat people, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation warned in a new report today. Such activities continue because of loopholes in the decade-old European regulation aimed at restricting the trade in these goods. Grasping the nettle: Ending Europe’s trade in execution and torture technology details these gaps and spells out how EU institutions and member states can and must close them.

Date:
28 May 2015
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Corporate Accountability

Open Letter to Members of the European Parliament on the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

Ahead of a landmark vote on a new conflict minerals law to be held in the European Parliament on 20 May 2015, 157 civil society organisations urgently call on Members of the European Parliament to vote for a law which will finally tackle the trade in conflict minerals and ensure that European companies do not benefit from and contribute to human rights abuses.

Date:
18 May 2015
Ref:
IOR 60/1667/2015
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  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

#AfricaNot4Sale: African youth leaders launch new campaign on corporate accountability and development rights

Photo: Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR African political leaders and big business must stop selling the future of the continent’s youth and start promoting alternative growth models rooted in youth empowerment, human development and human rights, said Amnesty International and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa today as they launch the new #AfricaNot4Sale campaign in Johannesburg. The roundtable will critique the “Africa Rising” narrative of a future rooted in economic growth alone and suggest alternative models.

Date:
10 April 2015
  • News
  • Armed Conflict

HUMAN RIGHTS FACTS & FIGURES FOR 2014

In 2014, Amnesty International recorded and investigated human rights abuses in 160 countries and territories worldwide. While progress is being made in some areas, for many people the human rights situation is getting worse. (Statistics are not exhaustive and refer to 160 countries where Amnesty International documented or received information from credible sources on specific human rights violations during 2014, unless otherwise stated.

Date:
25 February 2015