Blog of Rights


Supreme Court: No Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Haven't Killed

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:36pm
Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that children may not be given a life sentence if they haven't killed anyone. The court's ruling says the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, requires that juveniles serving life sentences must at least be considered for release. In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "The state has denied [Terrance Graham] any chance to later demonstrate that he is fit to rejoin society based solely on a nonhomicide crime that he committed while he was a child in the eyes of the law…This the Eighth Amendment does not permit." In its opinion, the court also discussed the relevance of international law and practice, noting the "global consensus" against life sentences for juveniles who haven't committed murder, and that "the United States stands alone in a world that has turned its face against life without parole for juvenile nonhomicide offenders."

Irish Rendition Activist to Attend Accountability Conference in North Carolina

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:05pm

This week, as the ACLU welcomes our clients Professors Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan to the United States — scholars who, until recently, were barred from entering the country because of their criticism of U.S. policy and who will be speaking…

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:57pm

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that Google — the world’s largest Internet search company — is negotiating an information-sharing agreement with the National Security Agency (NSA) — the world’s largest network for routine, mass communications surveillance.

Public Kept in the Dark About Drone Strikes

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:51pm

Yesterday, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about the U.S. government's use of armed drones to target and kill individuals in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Today, in an article entitled "We…

Gitmo Education

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:20pm

In light of new developments about the future of Guantánamo Bay and the fate of the men who remain imprisoned there, several recently released books will be vital to the impending national debate about the prison camp. Written by those…

Arguments in Extraordinary Rendition Case Today

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:45am

Today, at 10:00 a.m. PST, we'll be in federal appeals court in San Francisco to argue that our lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. for its role in the Bush administration's unlawful "extraordinary rendition" program…

Government Hands Over More Torture Documents

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:32pm

On Friday, the government released more documents detailing the Bush administration’s torture program. The documents were handed over as a part of our ongoing litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for information related to…

Reckoning with Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:49am

Tuesday night, almost 600 New Yorkers came out to hear a diverse line-up of writers, artists, a former CIA agent and former military interrogator reading from pages of documents that detail the Bush administration’s torture program.


Proposed Appropriations Bill Would Allow Defense Department to Suppress Torture Photos

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:06pm

We've just learned that the House and Senate conferees approved language today for the homeland security appropriations bill that, if passed, would grant the Department of Defense (DoD) the authority to continue suppressing photos depicting the abuse…

Fighting for Sunlight on Torture Documents

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:16pm

Yesterday, we were in court seeking the release of secret government documents related to the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas. Specifically, we asked the court to order the release of redacted portions of Justice Department Office…

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