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It is now widely acknowledged that after the 9/11 attacks in the US, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) began a global detention and interrogation program through which it tortured and abused prisoners. Yet the US government has failed to hold…
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November 15, 2013 Dear Senator: The undersigned human rights and civil liberties groups strongly urge you to support the Guantanamo Bay detainee transfer provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal…
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President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC, 20500 Re: Concern about hunger strike and stalled efforts to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Dear President Obama…
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Letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Human Rights Watch and 45 other organizations sent a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano today, urging the Department of Homeland Security to develop strong, comprehensive standards to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in immigration…
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Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Arnold: We are writing to urge your support for AB 1017, which requires law enforcement agencies in California to report statistics regarding rape kits-including the number…
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Huge Backlog Leaves Victims in Limbo, Letter to Mayor Says

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Los Angeles, CA 90012 Re: Untested Rape Kits Dear Mayor Villaraigosa: We are writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch's Los Angeles constituency, members of the California Women's Trusteeship, local business and civic…