• A line of police officers yells at a crowd of rowdy demonstrators during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014.
    US Attorney General Eric Holder should press state and local officials during his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, on August 20, 2014, to reform police practices to improve respect for basic rights. Holder should also support federal reforms that could help address concerns about policing and racial discrimination raised during the Ferguson protests over the last 10 days.

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  • Oct 21, 2014
  • Oct 20, 2014
    Human Rights Watch's US Program submission to the UN's Committee against Torture for October 2014.
  • Oct 17, 2014
    For years, those concerned with fairness and justice in our government’s operations have advocated for greater transparency about federal watchlisting practices.
  • Oct 16, 2014
    The 44-page report, “‘You Don’t Have Rights Here’: US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm,” details the US border policies and practices that place migrants at risk of serious harm back home, based on the accounts of people sent back to Honduras, people in detention, and an analysis of deportation data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Oct 8, 2014
  • Oct 6, 2014
    On his way to the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York last month, President Barack Obama stopped at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he announced a ban on U.S. use of antipersonnel landmines everywhere except the Korean Peninsula due to its “unique circumstances.” He pledged, “We’re going to continue to work to find ways that would allow us to ultimately comply fully and accede to the Ottawa Convention,” as the U.S. government prefers to call the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.
  • Oct 6, 2014
    Two recent policy statements bring the United States closer to aligning its policy with the 1997 treaty banning landmines, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing a question-and-answer document about the policy changes.
  • Oct 3, 2014
    On September 23, 2014, the United States government announced a new policy with a commitment not to use antipersonnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula and not to assist, encourage, or induce other nations to use, stockpile, produce, or transfer antipersonnel mines outside of Korea. On June 27, the US announced a policy foreswearing future production or acquisition of antipersonnel landmines. It said the Defense Department will conduct a detailed study of alternatives to antipersonnel mines and the impact of making no further use of the weapon.
  • Oct 3, 2014
  • Oct 3, 2014
    The Obama administration announced on Oct. 2 that it was relaxing a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam. The United States will now allow the Pentagon and U.S. companies to provide Vietnam with "maritime security-related defense articles." The move coincided with a visit to Washington by Deputy Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh -- where he met with Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel -- and came without much warning. This may have been intentional given the controversy surrounding it.