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Avinash
Samarth

Avinash Samarth is a Paralegal in the ACLU's National Security Project. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Right to Life Denied: Death Penalty Violates the Constitution and International Law

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 3:51pm
Yesterday, in Warsaw, Poland, Jamil Dakwar of the ACLU Human Rights Program delivered a statement to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) addressing the continued use of capital punishment in the United States.
The U.S. Death Penalty — An International Human Rights Wrong?

The U.S. Death Penalty — An International Human Rights Wrong?

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 9:51am

In 2011, the top five executioners were China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and the United States. This is not the company we want to keep.

Demanding Answers for Three Deaths at Guantánamo

Demanding Answers for Three Deaths at Guantánamo

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 5:00pm

On November 28, the ACLU filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the U.S. military’s autopsy reports of the three men who died most recently while detained at Guantánamo Bay. The men—Adnan Latif, Awal Gul, and…

Europe Won't Supply Execution Cocktail to U.S.

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 4:58pm

The political gulf between American policy and European policy on capital punishment widened further today as the European Commission released its decision to tighten export controls for some key materials used in the execution or cruel treatment of…

Bring Human Rights Day Home

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 4:57pm

Tomorrow is Human Rights Day and will mark the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR, created in response to the egregious atrocities of the Second World War, is the most foundational and…

ACLU Sues As DOJ Ignores Surveillance Transparency Law

ACLU Sues As DOJ Ignores Surveillance Transparency Law

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 11:32am

Today the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to force the government to release statistics about its use of powerful electronic surveillance tools that law enforcement can use against any American simply by stating to a judge that it’s…

ACLU in Court Today: Government Can't Use Border Checks to Avoid the Bill of Rights

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 10:51am

As alleged ‘Wikileak-er’ Pfc. Bradley Manning faces his highly anticipated hearing this week, the government will face its own hearing today in a suit brought by the ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology and the ACLU of…

Europe Makes Progress on Accountability for Torture While U.S. Stalls

Europe Makes Progress on Accountability for Torture While U.S. Stalls

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 1:09pm

European nations are making slow but steady progress towards holding their own officials accountable for their complicity in the CIA's secret rendition, detention, and interrogation programs. This past Tuesday, members of the Civil Liberties Committee…

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