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U.S. Violating Human Rights of Children, Says U.N. Committee

U.S. Violating Human Rights of Children, Says U.N. Committee

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 11:41am
The Obama Administration recently underwent its first U.N. treaty body review, and the resulting concluding observations made public yesterday should be a cause for alarm. The observations, issued by independent U.N. experts tasked with monitoring compliance with the international treaty on the rights of children in armed conflict (formally known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict or "OPAC"), paint a dark picture of the treatment of juveniles by the U.S. military in Afghanistan: one where hundreds of children have been killed in attacks and air strikes by U.S. military forces, and those responsible for the killings have not been held to account even as the number of children killed doubled from 2010 to 2011; where children under 18 languish in detention facilities without access to legal or full humanitarian assistance, or adequate resources to aid in their recovery and reintegration as required under international law. Some children were abused in U.S. detention facilities, and others are faced with the prospect of torture and ill-treatment if they are transferred to Afghan custody.
U.N. Human Rights Expert to Investigate U.S. Targeted Killing Program

U.N. Human Rights Expert to Investigate U.S. Targeted Killing Program

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 5:28pm

The U.S. government’s targeted killing policy and its use of drones for killing will be the subject of an investigation by the United Nations, it was announced today. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson,…

Does U.S. Immigration Policy Respect Human Rights?

Does U.S. Immigration Policy Respect Human Rights?

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 4:38pm

Today is International Migrants Day, a day to reflect on the human rights of immigrants and migrant communities. As the ACLU blogged last week, despite accomplishments on some key human rights issues, the U.S. still has a long way to go to fulfill…

European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

European Court: U.S. Extraordinary Rendition “Amounted to Torture”

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 10:30pm

Almost nine years ago, Khaled El-Masri was abducted, forcibly disappeared, and tortured by Macedonian authorities and the CIA. Until today, his well-documented claims of abuse had yet to be affirmed by any authorities responsible for his mistreatment…

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 1:36pm

In recent years, several human rights bodies have faulted the U.S. for failing to live up to its international legal commitments to protect children in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, the U.S. issued its written response to questions…

International Organization Finds U.S. Violating the Rights of Protestors

International Organization Finds U.S. Violating the Rights of Protestors

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 2:55pm

The right to peacefully assemble, enshrined both in the U.S. Constitution and international human rights law, is an intrinsic element of the democratic fabric of the United States. Yet according to a report released Friday by the Organization for Security…

Italian Court Upholds Rendition Conviction of CIA Agents

Italian Court Upholds Rendition Conviction of CIA Agents

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 5:21pm

The U.S. government may have closed without any prosecutions its inquiries into and investigations of CIA involvement in torture, homicide and other gross human rights violations, and convinced courts to dismiss civil accountability suits for such…

Seeking a Second Chance: Children Sentenced to Life Without Parole Seek Justice Before International Tribunal

Seeking a Second Chance: Children Sentenced to Life Without Parole Seek Justice Before International Tribunal

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU & Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 12:47pm

By her thirteenth birthday, Barbara Hernandez had lived with an abusive, alcoholic father and been molested by her mother’s second husband.  At fifteen, Barbara dropped out of school and moved in with her boyfriend James, who beat her and…

U.S. Military Treatment of Juvenile Detainees Undergoes International Scrutiny

U.S. Military Treatment of Juvenile Detainees Undergoes International Scrutiny

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 11:37am

When the U.S. ratified the international treaty on the rights of children in armed conflict in 2002, it committed to protecting children under 18 from military recruitment and deployment to war and guaranteeing basic protections to former child soldiers,…

Death Penalty Abolition Movement “To See Sunny Days”

Death Penalty Abolition Movement “To See Sunny Days”

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 11:29am

On July 3, U.N. delegates and NGO representatives from around the world gathered at the U.N. Headquarters in New York for an invigorating conference entitled “Moving Away From the Death Penalty - Lessons from National Experiences.” Panelists,…

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