• This letter, signed by 188 organizations, went to President Obama on May 12, 2015, calling for an end to family detention.
    May 13, 2015
  • We the undersigned represent a wide range of privacy and human rights advocates, technology companies, and trade associations that hold an equally wide range of positions on the issue of surveillance reform. Many of us have differing views on exactly what reforms must be included in any bill reauthorizing USA PATRIOT Act Section 215, which currently serves as the legal basis for the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata and is set to expire on June 1, 2015. That said, our broad, diverse, and bipartisan coalition believes that the status quo is untenable and that it is urgent that Congress move forward with reform.
    Mar 25, 2015
  • On February 11th, 2015, Human Rights Watch sent this letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, respectively, to press for improvements to the CORRECTIONS Act that would reduce excessively long periods of incarceration for federal prisoners.
    Feb 11, 2015
  • The undersigned organizations announce their support for the bicameral, bipartisan movement toward reforming the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Congress must act this year to ensure that FOIA stays current with people's need to access government information and resilient in the face of attempts to subvert that access.
    Feb 5, 2015
  • Human Rights Watch is writing in response to your announcement that the City of New Orleans would be forming an internal task force to review mishandled rape cases. We urge you to go further. Specifically, we ask that the task force become a permanent mechanism to ensure that investigations are being conducted properly, and that best practices continue to be implemented long after the media coverage has ceased, or, in the alternative, support a city ordinance that codifies best practices that have been proven to work in other cities. At a minimum, we ask that police no longer be allowed to monitor themselves.
    Jan 12, 2015
  • We write to urge you to conduct a full investigation of violations of federal criminal laws relating to the rendition, detention, and interrogation (“RDI”) of prisoners held or questioned by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
    Dec 22, 2014
  • News outlets have recently reported that the Department of Justice will release new guidance on the use of racial profiling by federal law enforcement officers shortly. Human Rights Watch wrote to US Attorney General Holder and urged him to ensure the new guidance abolishes exemptions for national security and border integrity operations and that it covers all federal law enforcement agencies.
    Dec 3, 2014
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  • I urge the Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685) without delay and without amendments that would weaken its provisions or add new data retention requirements.
    Nov 14, 2014