Amnesty International documented human rights abuses in at least 144 countries in every region of the world in 1999, the New York Times reports.
Summary executions were recorded in at least 38 nations, the detention of “prisoners of conscience” in 61 countries and torture in 132, according to the annual report released by the human rights group on Wednesday.
The United States was criticized for executing 98 prisoners, for allegations of police racism and brutality, for sexual abuse in prisons and for reports of excessive police force at the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in December.
There were some bright spots for human rights in 1999. The report especially praises the efforts of the British government to try former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges that he tortured and killed political opponents during his 17 years in power.