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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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During its Consideration of the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of the United States of America CAT 53rd Session

I. Summary   Human Rights Watch would like to express its appreciation to the United Nations Committee against Torture (the “Committee”) for this opportunity to provide information on the compliance of the…
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  A decision by the US Supreme Court could severely limit the use of a federal statute that for more than 30 years has permitted foreign victims of atrocities abroad to obtain civil remedies in federal courts and has denied rights abusers a safe haven in…
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During its Consideration of the Fourth Periodic Report of the United States

Human Rights Watch submitted this statement in advance of the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s upcoming pre-sessional review of the United States. We hope that the points raised in this submission will inform the Committee’s understanding of the US…
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Current Detention Practices at Guantanamo Unjustified and Arbitrary

  The prolonged indefinite detention without trial of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay violates US obligations under international law. The Bush administration claimed unfettered power to detain persons on the basis of the president's role…
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Submission to the 9th UPR session (November 2010)

Executive SummaryEquality and DiscriminationRight to Life, Liberty, and Security of PersonAdministration of JusticeMigrants, Refugees, and Asylum SeekersHuman Rights and CounterterrorismAppendix of Human Rights Watch Reports and Research Executive…
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Testimony of Elise Keppler, International Justice Program counsel, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Human Rights Watch appreciates the invitation to submit a statement for the record on this important subject. Since the first hearing on accountability for human rights violators approximately two years ago, significant gains have been achieved, in great…
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Testimony of Tom Malinowski for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution

Mr. Chairman, thank you for calling us together today and for inviting me to testify. Any conversation on the topic of prolonged preventive detention begins with a point on which all sides agree:  Under the laws of war, enemy combatants captured in an…
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1. Insist on justice as a key element of strategies to address situations where widespread atrocities are being committed, such as in Darfur. 2. Adopt a zero tolerance attitude on impunity for mass atrocities committed in Darfur and press the…
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Testimony of Elise Keppler, International Justice Program senior counsel, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Human Rights Watch appreciates the invitation to submit a statement for the record on this important subject. Justice for serious crimes under international law – which include genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture – is crucial.…
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Statement prepared by Human Rights Watch for the “Arria formula” meeting on Somalia

Human Rights Watch welcomes this initiative by the United Nations Security Council to discuss the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Somalia. The situation in Somalia is one of the world's starkest and most neglected tragedies. In basic human terms…
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Testimony by Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel, to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Subcommittee on Human Rights

Just about everyone who has weighed in on the issue has expressed a desire to see Guantanamo close, including the three leading US presidential candidates. But 275 detainees remain in Guantanamo, most for five to six years without charge and without any…
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Testimony of Elise Keppler, International Justice Program counsel, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

Human Rights Watch appreciates the invitation to submit a statement for the record on this important subject. On December 6, 2006, the US Department of Justice took an unprecedented step to ensure accountability for human rights violators who are in or…
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Restoring Our Moral Credibility and Strengthening Our Influence

Testimony by Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director, before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations These policies have undermined standards that defenders of human rights everywhere rely upon to fight for their cause. They have diminished…