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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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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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Amicus Curiae brief filed with the Supreme Court

Human Rights Watch and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed an amicus brief in the case of Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd before the Supreme Court. The case challenges the US government's misuse of the material witness statute to investigate…
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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 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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As a candidate, Barack Obama signaled his clear intention to break with the Bush administration's abusive counterterrorism policies. Once sworn in as president, Obama immediately issued executive orders that set a course toward reform. Human Rights…
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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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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…
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A Common Sense Agenda for the 110th Congress

Over the last several years, the moral authority of the United States has been undermined by the federal government’s unprecedented and illegal assertion of authority to subject detainees to abusive interrogations, indefinite detention without charge –…
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During its Consideration of the Second and Third Periodic Reports of the United States

During its consideration of the Second and Third Periodic Reports of the United States, Human Rights Watch would like to draw the Committee’s attention to three subjects: treatment of detainees, rendition to torture and diplomatic assurances, and the…
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During its Consideration of the Second Periodic Report of the United States

In August 2005, Human Rights Watch submitted a list of questions for the Committee to inquire of the United States. Since our last submission, the United States has enacted or begun to undertake new laws, policies, and practices that reflect the…
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United States Compliance with the ICCPR

Jennifer Daskal, advocacy director, U.S. Program, comments on the United States' Compliance with the ICCPR ito the United Nations Human Rights Committee on March 13, 2006. I.INTRODUCTION In the discussion of post 9/11 policies, the United States has…
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Supreme Court of the United States, January 6, 2006

The detention and military commission systems created by the Executive to hold and try persons seized in the “war on terror” and implemented at the United States Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (“Guantánamo”) violate the well-established norms of…