Human Rights are generally protected and respected in Taiwan. Since Taiwan is not recognised as an independent country and, therefore, not a member of the United Nations, the country is not party to any UN Conventions regarding the protection of human rights. Nevertheless, human rights violations are uncommon. In its 2009 report, Amnesty International criticised insufficient protection of women and girls from domestic violence. During the visit of a semi-official delegation from China, the freedom of assembly and expression was restricted. Taiwan officially has not abolished the death penalty, yet. Executions were resumed in 2010, after having been suspended for almost four years between 2005 and 2009.