• We write to urge you to affirm that US obligations under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the “Convention against Torture”) apply to all official US conduct, including conduct outside the territorial United States.
    Oct 29, 2014
  • I write to follow up on my September 9, 2014 letter to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch, in which we urged that the state of Missouri undertake a comprehensive review of law enforcement responses to the protests that began on August 9 in Ferguson. Your recent announcement of the creation of the Ferguson Commission, a panel charged with studying the “the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown,” left unclear whether the panel will address the many outstanding and serious questions about the police response to the protests.
    Oct 27, 2014
  • For years, those concerned with fairness and justice in our government’s operations have advocated for greater transparency about federal watchlisting practices.
    Oct 17, 2014
  • Oct 8, 2014
  • The undersigned human rights and civil rights organizations write to share concerns about state practices of targeted killings and the use of armed drones.
    Sep 18, 2014
  • 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 29, 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 17, 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