the yearly report on
human rights worldwide
"Amnesty International's message
throughout was "Justice not revenge".
From Amnesty International
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people
campaigning for internationally recognized human rights.
"AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or
religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor
does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect.
It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.
"AI mobilizes volunteer activists in more than 140 countries and territories
in every part of the world. There are more than 1,000,000 AI members and
subscribers from many different backgrounds, with widely different political
and religious beliefs, united by a determination to work for a world where
everyone enjoys human rights."
Amnesty International report 2002
"The year 2001 will be remembered by many for the events of 11 September,
which dominated the international political agenda and posed new challenges
to the human rights community. Yet, as this Amnesty International Report
shows, there were countless other human tragedies during the year.
"Amnesty International responded to the 11 September attacks in the USA
by condemning them unreservedly and by calling for those responsible to be
brought to justice in accordance with international law. Its members worked
steadfastly to counter a racist backlash against people identified as Muslim
or Middle Eastern. When governments introduced draconian security and
immigration legislation, Amnesty International campaigned to ensure respect
for fundamental human rights. The movement also called for strict adherence
to the rules of war during the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan.
Amnesty International's message throughout was "Justice not revenge".
Watch Amnesty International summary in RealAudio
(requires RealAudio. To download a free player,
go to http://www.real.com/)
Executed in the USA 2001 . . .
63 men and 3 women: a total of 749 prisoners put to death
since US Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on executions
Amnesty International Report on the USA for 2002
"The death penalty continued to be used extensively. There were reports of
police brutality and unjustified police shootings and of ill-treatment in prisons
and jails. Human rights groups and others voiced concern at the lack of public
information given about the circumstances under which more than 1,200 people,
mainly foreign nationals, were detained during investigations into the 11 September
attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Some detainees were held
incommunicado in the initial stages of arrest. Congress passed wide-ranging
''anti-terrorist'' legislation, aspects of which were of concern to AI and other
human rights groups. In November President Bush passed an order establishing
special military commissions to try non-US citizens suspected of involvement in
''international terrorism'' which would bypass international fair trial norms. AI
called for inquiries into several incidents involving the killing of civilians by US
and allied forces during military action in Afghanistan and into the killing of
hundreds of prisoners in Qala-i-Jhangi fort following an uprising." [...]
"In 2001, 63 men and 3 women were executed, bringing to 749 the total
number of prisoners put to death since the US Supreme Court lifted a
moratorium on executions in 1976. The USA continued to violate
international standards by using the death penalty against the mentally
impaired, individuals who were under 18 at the time of the crime, and
those who had received inadequate legal representation." [...]
AI USA 2001 Report Summary PDF
US Training of Foreign Military and Police Forces:
the Human Rights Dimensions
An Amnesty International report PDF
And for the German and Dutch perspectives . . .
USA / AFGHANISTAN
BEHANDLUNG DER GEFANGENEN HÖHLT DIE MENSCHENRECHTE AUS
"amnesty international legt Memorandum vor / US-Behörden verletzen
Rechte der Gefangenen in zahlreichen Punkten / Forderung von amnesty
international nach Zugang zu Gefangenen auf Guantanamo Bay bis
heute unbeantwortet" [...]
Next Generation A special website for young people by amnesty.nl
"Frontaal Digitaal is de digitale versie van Frontaal,
het jongerenmagazine van Amnesty "
And lastly, [sic*]-links . . .
LTC. James D. Bass
"The Babylon program will lead to rapid, two-way, multilingual speech
translation interfaces for users in combat and other field environments.
This technology will replace the DARPA RMS (One-way) translator in
two phases. The program will attack the hard-unsolved problems involved
in speech translation technologies including multilingual automatic speech
recognition (ASR), parsing, semantic knowledge representation, portability
between languages and domains, robustness in noise and distortions in coding
[...] Babylon will provide an enabling technology to give language support
to the warfighter in deciphering possibly critical language communications
during operations in foreign territories." [...]