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Join us at “Human Rights and Detention”

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 7:22am
This week, on Thursday, October 8th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., human rights lawyers and advocates will gather to discuss the importance of a human rights framework to protect the rights of those deprived of their liberty.

Religious Rights Are Human Rights

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 3:30pm

Yesterday, Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program, presented a statement at the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation of Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw, Poland. The OSCE…

A Lesson from Bollywood: Time for America to Ban Racial Profiling

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 4:55pm

You might have heard about Shahrukh Khan, the Bollywood megastar who was pulled out of a security line and questioned and detained for over 1 1/2 hours by Customs and Border Protection authorities at Newark airport, apparently because of his Muslim…

State Department Has Two Months to Respond to Forced Disappearance and Torture Charges

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 4:50pm

Two months. That's how long the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has given to the U.S. government to respond to allegations of kidnapping and torture put forth in a petition the ACLU filed on behalf of an innocent victim of the CIA's…

U.N. Working Group Tells U.S. to Investigate Rendition Flights

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 5:52pm

Yesterday, the U.N. Working Group on the use of mercenaries issued a statement of its findings and recommendations following a two-week fact-finding visit to the U.S. at the invitation of the Obama administration. During their visit, the human…

Human Rights Body Criticizes U.S. Immigration Detention System

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 12:23pm

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), at the invitation of the Obama administration, recently completed a weeklong visit to various immigration detention facilitates in Texas and Arizona. According to the IACHR, "the purpose…

International Body to Investigate Immigration Detention in U.S.

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 1:25pm

Throughout this week, representatives from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will visit immigration detention centers in Arizona and Texas, as part of a fact-finding mission to examine U.S. immigration detention conditions and…

Time to Practice What We Preach

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 2:57pm

As President Obama travels overseas, it is a good time to remember the United States’ potential to lead by example. Today, the ACLU ran an ad in the daily Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, asking President Obama to restore American…

The U.S. Must Honor Its International Commitment Against Torture

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 3:44pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Today marks the anniversary of the day that the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) came into effect. CAT is an international human rights treaty dealing…

U.N. Expert Provides the U.S. “A Real Roadmap Forward”

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 5:39pm

Yesterday, Githu Muigai, the U.N. expert on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other related forms of intolerance presented his findings on contemporary forms of racism before the U.N. Human Rights Council. As you may remember, the former…

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