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10 Key Issues that Demand the Administration's Immediate Attention

Whoever wins the November 3 presidential election has an opportunity  – and a responsibility – to help the United States move forward by making human rights a priority in the next administration. This includes ending policies that undermine the…
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Testimony of Clara Long Before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, July 11, 2019

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I thank the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, for the opportunity to submit this statement for its hearing addressing inhumane treatment at the border.…
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Testimony of Jasmine Tyler Before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, April 12, 2019

Introduction Thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Jasmine Tyler and I am the Advocacy Director for the US Program at Human Rights Watch, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to defending human rights around…
Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona, in this June 18, 2014 file photo.
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Testimony of Skye Wheeler at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Co-Chairmen Representatives McGovern and Hultgren and members of the commission, thank you for the opportunity to testify at today’s hearing on human rights and the use of sexual violence by the Burmese military against ethnic minorities in Burma. …
A Rohingya survivor of rape in Teknaf, Bangladesh, June 25, 2018.
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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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In line with international practice, there are a number of accurate ways to describe foreigners who have entered a country’s territory without permission and/or who do not have regular immigration status. These include “undocumented migrants” for people…
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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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On May 18, Governor Robert Bentley signed HB 658 into law, despite expressing concerns about the amended version of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. One dangerous new provision calls for an online public database listing…
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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…