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U.N. Working Group Finds That U.S. Needs to Do More to Address the Adverse Business Impacts on Human Rights

U.N. Working Group Finds That U.S. Needs to Do More to Address the Adverse Business Impacts on Human Rights

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:45pm
The United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises yesterday completed its first country visit to the United States. The Working Group was formed by the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2011 to disseminate and implement the recently developed "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights," which set forth countries' obligation to protect people from human rights violations caused by businesses or other entities and the necessity of appropriate remedies for such violations. The Guiding Principles also outline businesses' responsibility to respect human rights. At the invitation of the U.S. government, the Working Group visited many cities and met with diverse stakeholders including federal and state officials, businesses, trade unions, and civil society organizations.
Force-Feeding at Guantánamo Must End, As Should the Injustice Driving the Hunger Strike

Force-Feeding at Guantánamo Must End, As Should the Injustice Driving the Hunger Strike

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:14pm

As we have been writing in the past few weeks, the hunger strike in Guantánamo has expanded rapidly...

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…

WATCH: Condoleezza Rice Defends Torture Program and Confirms Bush's Role in It

WATCH: Condoleezza Rice Defends Torture Program and Confirms Bush's Role in It

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:48am

A video meant to be presented at yesterday's dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum featured Condoleezza...

ACLU Advocates for Human Rights of Prisoners at UN meeting in Vienna

ACLU Advocates for Human Rights of Prisoners at UN meeting in Vienna

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:59pm

The ACLU is in Vienna this week, at the 22nd session of the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. One resolution the Commission will consider concerns how to move forward with the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners…

­Executing Human Dignity: U.S. Death Penalty System Dominates IACHR Report

­Executing Human Dignity: U.S. Death Penalty System Dominates IACHR Report

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:09pm

According to a recent Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report on the death penalty in the Americas, the United States stands out as an outlier in a region that has come close to abolishing the death penalty. This report will be officially…

Cop Assaults Elementary School Student

Cop Assaults Elementary School Student

By Seema Sadanandan, Organizer, ACLU of the Nation's Capital at 1:43pm

When Officer David Bailey grabbed a 10-year-old student by the back of his head and slammed it into the school cafeteria table, it is safe to say that student was not free to leave. On that afternoon, Bailey decided that his routine beat on the streets…

"Look to Guantánamo Before It Is Too Late"

"Look to Guantánamo Before It Is Too Late"

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:05pm

The ongoing crisis in the prison at Guantánamo Bay is escalating, and new details are emerging as media have been allowed to visit this week. A few days ago, as part of an operation to shift hunger-striking prisoners from communal living to individual…

Blue Ribbon Task Force: U.S. Tortured Detainees—Leaders Responsible

Blue Ribbon Task Force: U.S. Tortured Detainees—Leaders Responsible

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 2:39pm

Nearly two years ago, a non-partisan, constitutional think tank called the Constitution Project assembled its blue-ribbon Task Force on Detainee Treatment to examine the treatment of detainees in the years following 9/11. Today, the Task Force released…

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...