Further details: This report will highlight the widespread use of torture by Nigeria’s police and military personnel throughout the country. It will reveal the experiences of former detainees and show that torture continues to be the main interrogation tactic used by security forces to extract information despite assurances from the Nigerian government to prevent the use of torture. The report will examine the targeting of particular groups. There are cases where suspected Boko Haram members and their family have been subjected to torture and ill treatment.
Spokespeople available from Abuja: Please contact Susanna Flood (+44 20 7413 5566)
23 September 2014
China: report on tools of torture
Further details: This report will examine China’s manufacture of and trade in law enforcement equipment. The report describes China’s growing production of a broad range of equipment, charts its misuse in China and in its export markets and looks at China’s inadequate export control system. It calls for a ban on inherently abusive equipment (the “tools of torture”), and for the strict regulation of the use, sale and transfer of legitimate law enforcement equipment that can be misused.
Spokespeople available from Hong Kong: Please contact Tom Mackey (firstname.lastname@example.org T +852 3963 7116 M +852 6026 3992)
25 September 2014
El Salvador: report on sexual reproductive rights
Further details: The report will explore the total ban on abortion in El Salvador and the impact it is having on women and girls in the country. The report will focus on pushing two key recommendations: Decriminalise abortion on all counts, to promote full access to sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls in El Salvador including sexual education and access to contraception. It will also include a call to tackle the high levels of gender-based violence in the country. The secretary general of Amnesty International will launch this from El Salvador.
Further details: This report focuses on the journey undertaken every year by thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean, particularly from Libya to Italy, to seek protection in Europe. Thousands have died due to shipwrecks and other incidents during recent years and this report explains the search and rescue framework that allows people in danger at sea to be saved including Italy’s Mare Nostrum operation. It also shows the pitfalls in the legal framework that have in cases led to delays in rescue operations, with dramatic consequences. The report includes testimonies of people who have survived shipwrecks as well as a detailed analysis of search and rescue incidents.