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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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What are some of the misconceptions around being born intersex? Unfortunately, in our society we’re still at a point where most people don’t know the basic facts about being intersex. People think it is very rare, but really, up to two percent of the…
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Follow-up Assessment Report

The below shadow report was submitted to the United Nations' Committee against Torture by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union on March 1, 2016. Introduction  This submission assesses the response of the United…
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But Halt Open-Ended Detention, Military Commissions

US President Barack Obama submitted a plan for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to the US Congress on February 23, 2016. “President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo is a step forward,” said Laura Pitter, senior…
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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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As the Senate considers the USA Freedom Act this week, policymakers should strengthen it by limiting large-scale collection of records and reinforcing transparency and carrying court reforms further. The Senate should also take care not to weaken the bill…
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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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“The Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to participate in the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) evaluation of US surveillance practices under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). Human Rights Watch is an independent global…
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On January 17, 2014, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech at the US Department of Justice about US electronic surveillance practices. Below is the reaction from Human Rights Watch:   President Obama today announced a number…
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The recent public disclosures of US National Security Agency (NSA) dragnet surveillance have given new urgency to an important global debate on what controls are needed to ensure that the rights of people everywhere to privacy, expression, information and…