• Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed changes to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS).
    Aug 18, 2014
  • The undersigned civil liberties, human rights, and other public interest organizations write in support of the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685), which Senator Leahy reintroduced on July 29. We urge both the Senate and the House to pass it swiftly and without any dilution of its protections.
    Jul 30, 2014
  • Human Rights Watch wrote to President Barack Obama to express our serious concern that his proposals for addressing the recent increase in apprehended migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors, at the US-Mexico border, may lead to further serious harm to vulnerable children and families, in violation of international law.
    Jul 2, 2014
  • The undersigned civil liberties, human rights, and other public interest organizations write about the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361 and S. 1599), a version of which passed in the House on May 22. All of the undersigned organizations believed the original version of the USA FREEDOM Act introduced in both the House and the Senate was an important step towards comprehensive reform. However, we are deeply concerned about the changes that the House Rules Committee made to the bill prior to passage, which substantially weakened the version of the bill that had passed with unanimous support from both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. As a result of that strong concern, many of the undersigned withdrew their support, as did half of the bill’s sponsors. We are writing today as a community to plainly express our position that, unless the version of the USA FREEDOM Act that the Senate considers contains substantial improvements over the House-passed version, we will be forced to oppose the bill that so many of us previously worked to advance.
    Jun 18, 2014
  • On June 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to revisit the issue of whether the First Amendment to the Constitution protects reporters from being forced to disclose their sources, rejecting the appeal of New York Times reporter James Risen. Risen is resisting a subpoena in the trial of Jeffrey Stillwater, a former CIA agent alleged to have leaked classified information, and risks imprisonment on contempt of court charges. Human Rights Watch wrote a letter to the Department of Justice urging it not to press the matter further, because forcing journalists to reveal sources risks stifling independent media coverage of information that is important for the public to know.
    Jun 4, 2014
  • In response to a "Dear Colleagues" letter sent by Senators Grassley, Sessions, and Cornyn on May 12th to their Senate colleagues voicing their opposition to portions of the Smarter Sentencing Act. Human Rights Watch wrote a letter to the authors, detailing our concerns with their opposition and responding to their claims.
    May 23, 2014
  • Human Rights Watch wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson to urge him to respect the international human rights obligations of the United States during his review of the Department’s policies on involuntary deportations and voluntary return policies.
    May 14, 2014
  • In light of recent reports that the Department of Justice is planning to expand its definition of prohibited racial profiling, Human Rights Watch writes to US Attorney General Holder to urge him to also end community mapping programs that propagate discriminatory profiling.
    Apr 21, 2014
  • Human Rights Watch writes to express support of California State Senate Bill (SB) 1010 which would reduce the disparities in penalties between crack and powder cocaine.
    Apr 18, 2014
  • A joint letter from civil liberties, human rights, and religious organizations wrote to Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing serious concerns over lack of basic information about detainees currently on hunger strike at Guantánamo, including critical details about how the military manages them.
    Apr 10, 2014