• The undersigned human rights, civil liberties, national security, and religious organizations write have sent this letter to US House of Representative members to strongly urge them to vote “no” on final passage of the NDAA.

Reports

Counterterrorism

  • May 19, 2015
    As the Senate considers the USA Freedom Act this week, policymakers should strengthen it by limiting large-scale collection of records and reinforcing transparency and carrying court reforms further. The Senate should also take care not to weaken the bill, and should reject any amendments that would require companies to retain personal data for longer than is necessary for business purposes.
  • May 15, 2015
    The undersigned human rights, civil liberties, national security, and religious organizations write have sent this letter to US House of Representative members to strongly urge them to vote “no” on final passage of the NDAA.
  • May 15, 2015
    The undersigned human rights, civil liberties, national security, and religious organizations write to strongly urge Congress members to vote today and tomorrow to close the Guantanamo detention facility and end indefinite detention without charge or trial.
  • May 13, 2015
    This joint letter, signed by 10 different organizations, was sent to President Obama on May 13, 2015, concerning drone strike investigations and accountability
  • May 13, 2015
    Libya’s House of Representatives should urgently amend provisions of a counterterrorism law that could be used to curtail free speech and rights to peaceful assembly and movement, Human Rights Watch said today. The law runs afoul of Libya’s obligations under international law and human rights treaties it has ratified.
  • May 8, 2015
    When Omar Khadr first arrived at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, he was a baby-faced 15-year-old and one of the military prison’s youngest detainees. He had been severely wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan in which a U.S. army medic was killed and other U.S. soldiers injured. The incident began a 13-year ordeal marked by repeated interrogations, torture, alleged threats of rape, and a plea bargain with a fundamentally flawed military commission.
  • May 7, 2015
    The Canadian court’s release on bail of the former child soldier and Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr on May 7, 2015, is a significant step toward ending his ordeal, which began almost 13 years ago.
  • May 7, 2015
    The United States should make concrete commitments to address serious human rights problems during a United Nations review of its human rights record.
  • Apr 30, 2015
    The United States Congress should swiftly pass the USA Freedom Act to thwart bulk data collection and improve transparency and oversight of surveillance in the US. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on April 30, 2015.
  • Apr 23, 2015
    The United States Senate should definitively end bulk data collection and reject a new bill that would endorse and extend the National Security Agency’s mass violation of privacy rights in the US.