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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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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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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 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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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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Katherine Newell Bierman Testifies Before the Senate Armed Services Committee

On July 19, 2006, Katherine Newell Bierman, Counterterrorism Counsel, U.S. Program, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the military commissions in light of the Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
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Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush's nominee for Attorney General, has played a key role in providing legal justification for policies that led to torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody. In the confirmation hearings held by the U.S. Senate…