Blog of Rights

How About We Celebrate Human Rights Every Day?

How About We Celebrate Human Rights Every Day?

By Anna Crosby, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:52pm
Henry Hill was 16 when he was charged for his involvement in a shooting that took place in a Michigan park. He is now 48 and has spent two-thirds of his life in a prison cell. Although in recent years the Supreme Court has struck down some laws that allow children to be committed to die in prison, the United States remains the last country in the world where children can still be sentenced to serve life without the possibility of parole. While the U.S. has historically provided global leadership on some human rights issues, Henry Hill serves as a grave reminder that we're still out of step with rest of the world on many of the most fundamental human rights protections.
International Rights Body to Press U.S. on Surveillance, Snowden

International Rights Body to Press U.S. on Surveillance, Snowden

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 2:02pm

History has taught us that pervasive government surveillance has a profoundly adverse effect on the exercise of free speech – a universal right enshrined both in the Constitution and in international human rights law. This Monday, the Inter-American…

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida & Joyce Hamilton Henry, ACLU of Florida at 3:14pm

The struggle to protect the fundamental right to vote for people with a felony conviction is nothing new in this country, but has now reached a crisis level. Almost six million people are denied the right to vote because of felon disfranchisement laws…

U.N. to Review NSA Privacy Violations Among Other U.S. Rights Abuses

U.N. to Review NSA Privacy Violations Among Other U.S. Rights Abuses

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 11:31am

Human rights advocates from across the country are joining together today in a National Day of Action to raise awareness about the state of human rights in the United States at the local, state, and federal levels, and to spotlight areas where the…

Court Rejects Military Contractor's Attempt to Avoid Trial for Human Trafficking

Court Rejects Military Contractor's Attempt to Avoid Trial for Human Trafficking

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:21pm

A federal court in Texas struck a blow last week to contractor KBR's attempt to thwart efforts...

New Information About CIA Extraordinary Rendition Program Highlights Need For Transparency, Accountability

New Information About CIA Extraordinary Rendition Program Highlights Need For Transparency, Accountability

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 2:39pm

We may be finally learning more about the CIA's involvement in the 2003 abduction and rendition to torture of a Muslim cleric, Hassan Mustafa Nasr (aka Abu Omar). This week, Sabrina De Sousa confirmed that she was a former CIA undercover officer, and…

U.S. Government Must Heed Call of Human Rights Experts Worldwide to Respect Snowden's Right to Seek Asylum

U.S. Government Must Heed Call of Human Rights Experts Worldwide to Respect Snowden's Right to Seek Asylum

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program & Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:21am

For those following the saga of Edward Snowden, it has been a remarkable week...

Seeking International Accountability for Victims of U.S. Torture

Seeking International Accountability for Victims of U.S. Torture

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:12pm

Today the international community commemorates the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The U.S. government should take this time to reflect on some astounding statistics: Despite well-documented evidence of the systemic use of torture…

A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project & Tara Norris, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 11:56am

Yesterday, in an important First Amendment decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the government may not require federal grant recipients to endorse the government's policy positions. The decision in Agency for International Development v. Alliance…