Amnesty looks at terrorism in report

The trampling of human rights in the name of state security will be one of the key themes in Amnesty International's annual report, which is launched today.

The report outlines the human rights situation in 151 countries over the past year and is published in 14 languages. The organisation has sent it to the head of state of every country in the world.

The war on terror features heavily for its impact on asylum seekers, rights to freedom of expression and levels of police force against demonstrators.

Amnesty this week led voluntary sector criticisms of the UK Government over asylum for putting targets ahead of people.

Labour announced it expects 55,000 asylum applications to Britain in 2003, compared with more than 100,000 last year.

Home Secretary David Blunkett cited bogus asylum seekers as a reason for proposing to Parliament later this year the introduction of identity cards.

The Refugee Council warned such measures could prevent people in danger from reaching safety.

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