Blog of Rights

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. The convention would fill current gaps in U.S. laws, and provide all children in America with the same robust protections that children in 193 countries are already entitled to.

It Ain't Where You're From, It's Where You're At

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 12:11pm

One of the greatest rappers of all-time, Rakim said: "it ain't where you're from/it's where you're at." This statement is magnified when discussing capital punishment. Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that…

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:53pm

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his support for restoring voting rights to citizens who have committed a felony, once they have served their prison term, completed parole or probation, and paid any restitution fines. While the ACLU…

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...

Guantánamo Prisoner's Memoirs Offer Rare First-Person Account of Torture

Guantánamo Prisoner's Memoirs Offer Rare First-Person Account of Torture

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 2:31pm

A detailed and harrowing first-person narrative of a prisoner's experiences in Guantánamo is available to the public for the first time: Slate today published a three-part series of excerpts from The Guantánamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi. The…

Urgent White House Action Needed to Avert Guantánamo Human Rights Crisis

Urgent White House Action Needed to Avert Guantánamo Human Rights Crisis

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project & Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:37am

There is a serious human rights crisis brewing at the prison at Guantánamo Bay. A hunger strike that began in early February has spread...

"Zero-Tolerance" on Trafficking Must Mean What It Says

"Zero-Tolerance" on Trafficking Must Mean What It Says

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 4:54pm

U.S. officials have acknowledged that human trafficking is a problem of "crisis proportions," both outside and inside America's borders. Yet despite professed intent to end this scourge, including with the help of a "zero-tolerance, one strike approach,"…

Sentencing Children to Die in Prison

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 1:23pm

One year ago this week, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that sentencing youth who have committed non-homicide offenses to life in prison without some meaningful opportunity for review of that sentence is unconstitutional. Although the ruling does not…

Disappeared, Threatened with Torture, and Still Seeking Accountability

Disappeared, Threatened with Torture, and Still Seeking Accountability

By Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law at 9:58am

A federal district court in Washington will hear arguments this afternoon in the ACLU's lawsuit on behalf of American citizen Amir Meshal. In 2007, FBI agents orchestrated Mr. Meshal's secret detention for four months in East Africa. During that time,…

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…