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A Year in Human Rights Achievements

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 2:11pm
Since 2004, the ACLU Human Rights Program (along with other ACLU national projects, our legislative office in D.C. and affiliate offices across the country) has worked to ensure that the U.S. government complies with its international human rights obligations and commitments.

Senate Subcommittee Hold Historic Hearing on U.S. Human Rights Treaty Implementation

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 11:07am

Today the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, is holding a hearing entitled "The Law of the Land: U.S. Implementation of Human Rights Treaties."

The ACLU submitted this written statement for the hearing record.…

We Must Do Better

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 2:53pm

Today marks “Human Rights Day” and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR, arguably the founding document of the modern human rights system, outlines the basic rights and protections that are to…

Human Dignity for People with Disabilities

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 5:23pm

(Originally posted on FDL's The Seminal.)

December 3 marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day where we mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. To mark the occasion, we're…

Expanding Opportunity and Hope for Children in America

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 3:17pm

(Originally posted in Daily Kos.)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty on children’s rights. The convention has been ratified by nearly every country in the world,…

20 Years of Neglecting Children's Rights

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 5:40pm

This coming Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty on children’s rights. The convention has been ratified by nearly every country in the world, except for the United States.…

U.S. Out of Step with the Rest of the World

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 5:48pm

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Sullivan v. Florida and Graham v. Florida. In both cases, the petitioners argued that when a child is sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, it violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition…

We've Come So Far, But Have So Much Farther to Go

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 5:15pm

The U.S. is the world's leading incarcerator with over 2.3 million people – or 1 in 99 adults – in prisons and jails across the country. Our incarceration rate of 760 per 100,000 people is the highest in the world -- five to ten times…

World Day Against the Death Penalty

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 2:42pm

Tomorrow marks World Day Against the Death Penalty, and it is only fitting that a global call was issued to abolish the practice. We join the ambassadors of the European Union (EU) who gathered today to call on all nations to abolish the cruel practice.

Ambassador…

Profile-Me-Not

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 3:53pm

In a letter to the Obama administration made public today, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concerns over a lack of progress to end racial discrimination in the United States. In particular,…

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