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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Independent Expert’s report,[1] and agree with her conclusions that older persons face particular challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights, and that these challenges need to be addressed urgently.[2] The challenges…
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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…
Illustration of the scales of justice replaced by two people shackled by their wrists and dangling in the air.
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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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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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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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On October 27, Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, issued a statement expressing concerns about the US Military Commissions Act of 2006. His concerns mirror those…
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HRW Responds to Questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee

After the Supreme Court's June ruling that the military commissions created by President Bush to try alleged enemy combatants accused of war crimes were unlawful, Congress held hearings in July to explore the future of the military commissions. On July 19…
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Agenda Item 11: Civil and Political Rights

Mr. Chairman,     As part of the global campaign against terrorism, many governments attempt to return terror suspects and security detainees to countries where they know these suspects will be at risk of torture. Because the international ban on torture…