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Amnesty International Governments

Two examples of human rights developments in Spain in 30 years then imprisoned for objecting to military service, professional soldiers are today the Spanish armed forces. In the mid-nineties, Amnesty International, along with Greenpeace and Oxfam, criticized the secrecy of arms exports from our country last year approved an Arms Trade Act will make it more transparent and should prevent weapons from ending up in the hands of governments that use them against its citizens. Experience shows that anything is possible with the addition of thousands of individual actions and the mobilization of people. If Safiya Husseini and Amina Lawal were not stoned to death in Nigeria a few years ago was because Amnesty International in Spain was able to channel the anger of nine million people. If you've got a commitment to the UN General Assembly to create an international treaty regulating the arms trade was because a million people pressured the governments of the world. But there are also achievements at risk, as the absolute prohibition of torture.

In 1984 came into force the Convention Against Torture of the UN that prohibited without nuances. After the 11-S, democratic governments like the United States have legalized the practice by adopting the highest level baneraa a the and other brutal methods, and to enact the Military Commissions Act, which, under certain circumstances, accept statements obtained under torture as evidence in court. Combating racism and xenophobia are challenges in many democratic countries, where border controls claim thousands of lives each year. The fight against gender violence are also challenges that transcend our borders. But if there is a universal challenge that we face in the coming years is that of poverty as a human rights violation. Despite all the promises in the past 30 years, the poor are much more numerous, especially in Africa.