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Dignity Begins at Home

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 6:42pm
Next Wednesday, December 10, marks the 60th 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 be enjoyed by all people. 

Dignity, Liberty and Justice for All: Celebrate the UDHR at 60

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 11:19am

This December 10, 2008, marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by 48 countries — almost the entire membership of the U.N. at the time. The UDHR describes "the inherent dignity…

Thinking Outside the Box: Thriving Youth Activists Realize Their Vision for Social Justice

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 10:03am

One of the most important things that stood out for me during the three-day ACLU membership conference last week was the exuberance of the youth attendees. Wherever I turned, I saw eager young individuals who were excited by the prospect of meeting…

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…

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.

This special…

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…

Rendition Program to Continue Under Obama's Watch

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 4:58pm

On Monday, the Obama administration announced that it would continue the Bush administration practice of kidnapping individuals suspected of terrorism to other countries to be detained or interrogated. The Obama administration also announced that…

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…

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