Most of us are familiar with Amnesty International and the organization's ongoing campaigns against worldwide abuses of human rights. We may be familiar with current campaigns in Kosovo, for example, or in South Asia and Rwanda. War crimes, child prostitution and female genital mutilation are obvious and horrific human rights violations. But Amnesty International does not only target these kinds of violations and the third world environment in which they are occurring. Americans may be surprised to learn that, in October 1998, Amnesty International began a year-long investigation of human rights violations in the United States. Our continued use of the death penalty, generally, and on juvenile offenders, specifically, were among those issues at the focus of the investigation.
Lisa A. Blythe, They Dropped the Ball: The Failure of the Nevada Supreme Court to Consider the Impact of the ICCPR's Ban on Capital Punishment for Juvenile Offenders in Domingues v. State, 18 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 391 (2000).