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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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John S. McCain III, the senior Republican senator from Arizona who died of brain cancer on August 25, 2018, left behind a strong record of commitment to the bipartisan promotion and defense of human rights in the United States and abroad. He was 81…
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Senate Confirms CIA Director

(Washington, D.C.) -- On May 17, 2018 the US Senate voted to confirm Gina Haspel as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The following quote can be attributed to Laura Pitter, senior US national security…
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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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Oral Statement at the 16th Session of the Human Rights Council

When the UN Human Rights Council met to adopt the US Universal Periodic Review, HRW Geneva Advocacy Director Julie de Rivero was one of only 10 representatives of non-governmental organizations to make an oral statement. The text of that statement follows…
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Human Rights Watch Testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

When photos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib first hit the news in 2004, the Bush administration tried to limit the damage by claiming that they showed the illegal actions of a few "bad apples." US Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld described 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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Human Rights Watch Testimony at a Hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health

Thank you Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, for providing Human Rights Watch this opportunity to voice our concerns about the dire, and deteriorating, human rights and humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa, and particularly in regard to…
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Human Rights Watch provided an expert affidavit to the United States District Court of Pennsylvania in July 2007 in the case of Khouzam v. Hogan, involving an appeal against the deportation of an Egyptian national from the United States in reliance upon…
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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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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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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…